They rallied to Lexington, Concorde, Bunkerhill; were bloodied, beaten and slaughtered at Brandywine, Ticonderoga, Brooklyn Heights, Waxhaw Massacre; stormed Trenton and Sandypoint; and conquered the British at Saratoga, Kings Mountain and Yorktown. The Revolutionary War would have not been thinkable by the colonials, never been possible by our ancestors and honored benefactors had they not freely possessed and known how to use their weapons.
After two centuries most American’s still hold the sentiment that it is their right to possess arms for their common defense, hunting and the simple exercise of their Second Amendment Rights. And in the minds of many the words of the Continental Army’s first general and other Founders still bear an indelible mark relative to the threat of tyrants foreign and domestic.
May Americans always revere and keep alive the sacred guidance and actions of their nation’s founders.
“Government is not reason, it is not eloquence, it is force; like fire, a troublesome servant and a fearful master. Never for a moment should it be left to irresponsible action.”
— George Washington, in a speech of January 7, 1790
“The very atmosphere of firearms anywhere and everywhere restrains evil interference – they deserve a place of honor with all that’s good”
— George Washington
“The best we can hope for concerning the people at large is that they be properly armed.”
— Alexander Hamilton, The Federalist Papers at 184-188
“Are we at last brought to such a humiliating and debasing degradation, that we cannot be
trusted with arms for our own defence? Where is the difference between having our arms in
our own possession and under our own direction, and having them under the management
of Congress? If our defence be the real object of having those arms, in whose hands can
they be trusted with more propriety, or equal safety to us, as in our own hands?”
— Patrick Henry, speech of June 9 1788
“No free man shall ever be debarred the use of arms. The strongest reason for the people to retain the right to keep and bear arms is, as a last resort, to protect themselves against tyranny in government”
— Thomas Jefferson, 1 Thomas Jefferson Papers, 334
“To disarm the people… was the best and most effectual way to enslave them.”
— George Mason, speech of June 14, 1788
“That the said Constitution shall never be construed to authorize Congress to infringe the just liberty of the press or the rights of conscience; or to prevent the people of the United
States who are peaceable citizens from keeping their own arms…”
— Samuel Adams, in “Phila. Independent Gazetteer”, August 20, 1789
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January 30, 2011
HUNTERS AND NATIONAL SECURITY
A reminder of why the heritage of hunting in America is the most basic form of National Security we maintain.
In WWII, Japan’s highest ranking naval officer was Isoruku Yamamoto. Although he was Japanese, and his loyalties were unquestionably with The Empire, he studied for many years in America, graduating from Harvard University. There is an oft-repeated (and sometimes disputed) quote attributed to him regarding the possibility of any nation taking a war to American soil:
“You cannot invade the mainland United States. There would be a rifle behind every blade of grass.”
Here is why he was correct: America’s Hunters. The World’s Largest Army.
The state of Wisconsin has gone an entire deer hunting season without someone getting killed. That’s great, considering there were over 600,000 hunters that got permits this year.
Allow me to restate that number. Over the last two months, the eighth largest army in the world – more men under arms than Iran; more than France and Germany combined – deployed to the woods of a single American state to keep the deer population under control. But that pales in comparison to the 750,000 who are in the woods of Pennsylvania this week. Michigan’s 700,000 hunters have now returned home. Toss in a quarter million hunters in West Virginia, and it is literally the case that the hunters of those four states alone would comprise the largest army in the world.
And that is just FOUR states. The total population of registered hunters in America today ranges from 23 million to 43.7 million individuals. (Based on annual data provided by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
As long as the American Hunter retains his right to Bear Arms, America will forever be safe from foreign invasion of troops.
Hunting – it’s not just a way to fill the freezer. It’s a matter of national security.
Source: Quote seen at various Conservative, hunting and gun right’s websites.