We are witnesses to an historic moment, where the people of the United States, in a most spectacular way, won a war. History teaches us that the Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms was enacted primarily to protect the governed from the government. Thomas Jefferson wrote, “The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants.”
Yet, this war between the government and the governed did not require one shot. It could have come to that. If the government would have started confiscating the people’s weapons, lives would certainly have been lost.
The war was won through deterrence; using the same power as an officer of the law has with a holstered gun.
As soon as the terrible Sandy Hook killings occurred, major politicians were using the tragedy for their anti-gun and confiscation campaigns. The people reacted. They purchased almost every gun, rifle, magazine and ammo that they thought might come under regulation or confiscation. The people wrote letters to the editor and purchased hundreds of thousands of memberships to the NRA. The people wrote their senators and representatives.
This was an historical revolution of intimidation and the people won. Yet, be vigilant – be ready.
Robert Vaughan, Auburn