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What a difference

May 26, 2022

By Mike Weland

What a difference a few hundred years makes. When on December 15, 1791, the words "A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed," were ratified as the second amendment to this nation's constitution, they who drafted that cherished right had only recently defeated an experienced, trained and provisioned military, thanks to a well regulated militia comprised of a rabble of heroes armed and equipped not by government funds, but by their own wherewithal; knives, spears, tomahawks and muskets, wielded with courage and intrepidity.

Those citizens, those patriots, founded by their courage and their sacrifice a new nation, unlike any other in history; holding up the ideal that all men are created equal, even though it's an ideal toward with our union has long struggled.

And today. We have a lobby in our once proud nation that ignores that with right comes responsibility.

A party today that lauds a young man, Kyle Rittenhouse, for "defending himself" against attacks he instigated, that overlooks the deaths of black grocery shoppers by a white punk supremacist, who say an unlocked door is to blame for the deaths of a classroom full of kids instead of the young man exercising his right to buy a military grade weapon on his 18th birthday to stand up to the tyranny of a classroom of 10-year-olds appears to me cowardly.

If you want the right to bear arms, uninfringed, first have a credible enemy. One shooting at you and threatening to subjugate you. Serve a cause, not yourself.

"The Left," doesn't work. "Antifa" doesn't work. The only credible threat to our constitution and our democracy at the moment are those of the ultra right.

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