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The Rifle on the Wall: A Left Argument for Gun Rights

The Fundamental Political Principle

“That rifle on the wall of the labourer’s cottage or working class flat is the symbol of democracy. It is our job to see that it stays there.” — George Orwell1

Let’s start with this: The citizen’s right to possess firearms is a fundamental political right. The political principle at stake is quite simple: to deny the state the monopoly of armed force. This should perhaps be stated in the obverse: to empower the citizenry, to distribute the power of armed force among the citizenry as a whole. The history of arguments and struggles over this principle, throughout the world, is long and clear. Instituted in the context of a revolutionary struggle based on the most democratic concepts of its day, the Second Amendment of the United States Constitution is perhaps the clearest legal/constitutional expression of this principle, and as such, I think, is one of the most radical statutes in the world.

The question of gun rights is a political question, in the broad sense that it touches on the distribution of power in a polity. Thus, although it incorporates all these perfectly legitimate “sub-political” activities, it is not fundamentally about hunting, or collecting, or target practice; it is about empowering the citizen relative to the state. Denying the importance of, or even refusing to understand, this fundamental point of the Second Amendment right, and sneering at people who do, symptomizes a politics of paternalist statism – not (actually the opposite of) a politics of revolutionary liberation.

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  • 2War Abn Vet

    The Dick Act of 1902 also known as the Efficiency of Militia Bill H.R. 11654, of June 28, 1902 invalidates all so-called gun-control laws.

    • If you can’t buy a gun, one of the best is a roofing nail gun and stock up on roofing nails.

      • Builders4The2ndAmendment.com

        The Builders from our facebook page Builders4The2ndAmendment.com agree with this totally. You naialed it on the head, Marvin. However a bird in hand is worth two in the bush, A 1911 45 at 1200 fpm is more efficient than a 16d nail traveling at 300fpm!

        • Ranchman

          You mean fps (feet per second), right? 1200 fpm would be pretty slow, even for a .45. But, at 1200 fps, that’s smokin’ for a .45! What load are you using and what are your pressures like?

          • Builders4The2ndAmendment.com

            I was making the coment in a relative comparison between the speed of the nail gun vs. the speed of a specific bullet load. The point being that in an emergency, use what is avaialbel and handy and hope for the best result. Aim has a lot to do with it.

      • Keenan Lee

        Unfortunately when they cut your power, it’s useless.

  • marineh2ominer

    The vast amount of murdering supplies the United States government is supplying the civilian authorities proves only ONE thing , FREEDOM is coming to a total and complete end except for the ” elite’s ” controlling the peasantry . ARM-UP and Stand By , we are not going to hell , hell is coming to us .

  • Cooleemee Edd

    Put a gun on the wall and you invite a burglary. Put a gun in your holster and you can stop one.

  • mogul264

    If you truly want ‘gun-control’, steady your hand(s)! If you want to ensure a gun is NOT used in commission of a crime, make it a DEATH penalty, or, at minimum, a life-without-parole prison sentence! No sane legal gun owner would object to this law! No sane criminal would use one to commit a crime! For the INSANE gun user, remove them from society until, and if, certified sane~~~a repeat use means life-without-parole in prison, as well, period!

    • Ranchman

      I agree, Mogul. The slippery slope here, though, might be the laws they try to implement around this punishment. I mean, if they make the use of a gun in self defense a crime some how, we would stand a chance of being executed! I might not be getting my thought on this across real well, but I think you probably get it. I don’t know, what do others think?

      • Builders4The2ndAmendment.com

        It is already a crime to use a gun in a “crime” making its use a guaranteed life sentance probably would not dter the criminally insane anyway. Enforce the laws already on the books without making new ones that only inhibet the law abiding citizen.

      • mogul264

        The original crime has to be a felony; with a gun, this triggers the harsher penalty! Defending oneself isn’t a crime, however, you CAN’T claim ‘defending onesself’ from someone you are trying to assault, to burgle, or to attempt property destruction!
        Not being a politician or lawyer (patoo!), I do not know how to write the law so some snake can wriggle out of it! I would, however, specifically deny ‘plea bargaining’ from this punishment! Plea bargaining is merely a ploy or tool used by the courts to expedite court trials! Too many criminals have gone on to ever more tragic actions due to ‘plea bargaining’ down the charges, resulting in lenient or non-existent punishment, and early release! Remember, NO PAROLE! This would be a FEDERAL CRIME! It would come on TOP of local punishment!

      • mogul264

        OOPS! Should have read “…..so some snake CAN”T wriggle out of it!”

  • Ralph

    I have a CIB, combat Infantry badge, it is the most precious of all my medals. I have 6 Purple Hearts, 1 Silver Star, 2 Bronse Stars one with a V device and yet my CIB means the most to me.
    A rifle on the wall means I am ready to defend this country with my life.

  • reggiec

    The historical meaning of the Second Amendment.
    ***”Who are the militia? Are they not ourselves? Is it feared, then, that we shall turn our arms each man against his own bosom. Congress have no power to disarm the militia. Their “SWORDS, AND EVERY OTHER TERRIBLE IMPLEMENT OF THE SOLDIER”, (MY BOLD) are the birthright of an American…[T]he unlimited power of the sword is not in the hands of either the federal or state governments, but, where I trust in God it will ever remain, in the hands of the people.”
    –Tenche Coxe, an American political economist and a delegate for Pennsylvania to the Continental Congress, The Pennsylvania Gazette, Feb. 20, 1788.

  • 1Tymtrvlr

    I believe people are already looking for other methods of protection for when they run out of ammo ( keep your target practicing to a minimum, ammo is going to get scarce and expensive, buy up any rounds you can, even if you don’t have the weapon to fire them, someone will always trade for those you don’t need, remember lead is going to become the new currency as obama and that worthless squealling pig pelosi put on their spectacles to get your guns, the 2nd amendment denys them that, along with God). I tried to buy an 80# cross bow, the manufacturer can not keep up with demand. There are still a few 55# cross bows out there, and of course some of the shoulder fire types 100# or more. Wrist rockets are in demand, ammo for those is getting scarce and the price is going up, along with BBs.

    • Paul

      With wrist rockets plenty of ammo is available, “Rocks, nuts, bolts,small chunks of iron.” for what it is worth a marble or a steel ball the size of a marble will not break a car windshield, for that a 3/8 ths inch nut filled with lead works best. The best nut is the square ones if you have them. If it will break a windshield, it will hurt like the devil if you poke 1 in some ones face. (and no retort to tell where you are),

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