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In a recent speech to the Leadership Institute, Gun Owners of America Executive Director Larry Pratt told an audience of young conservatives the truth about the Second Amendment: its intent was not to protect the rights of hunters, or even the right to self-defense. Although, each of us has the right to life, and by extension, the right to defend that life with the most effective tool available, the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution is hardly about that, says Pratt.
According to the Hill Blotter, Pratt reinforced his point in March during an interview with conservative talk show host Bill Cunningham when he spoke of a New York Congresswoman who had expressed fear that one of Pratt's members wanted to shoot her. "You know, I'm kind of glad that's in the back of their minds. Hopefully they'll behave," Pratt said.
Pratt is correct. The intent of the Second Amendment was to ensure that the people always had the means to remove a tyrannical government. Alexander Hamilton wrote in Federalist 28 that should a government betray its constituents and become tyrannical, the people have every right to remove it.
The representatives elected by the people need to be afraid. Very afraid. The people are the ones who put them in power, and any abuse of that power should lead to removal – whether by ballot or other means. Should an elected official transform into a tyrant, the people have every right to defend their freedoms from usurpation. That is the purpose and the intent of the Second Amendment – to keep abusive tyrants in line.
At least one abusive tyrant wasn't happy with Pratt's true contention, so she did what all abusive tyrants do when they don't like the plain language of those they purport to rule. She called on law enforcement to investigate Larry Pratt.
Don't like specific speech? Ban it.
Don't like what someone says about you? Try to use law enforcement at your disposal to shut them up.
Play victim. Pretend they said something "threatening" and "unhinged."
Use all tools at your disposal to quash their right to speak freely. Does that sound like a petty tyrant to you?
Ironically, had she been truly threatened, she would call on men with guns – police or armed security – to protect her, which is the same right she seeks to deny those who elected her, and whose tax dollars she would use to hire said guns.
Maloney claims Pratt is encouraging extremist nuts to threaten government officials with whom they disagree. We have to wonder how badly Maloney would soil herself at the following from men who helped found this country:
Fact of the matter is that the men who founded this great nation fully intended for the right to keep and bear arms to be a last bulwark against tyranny. They intended for the citizens to be able to forcibly remove a dictatorial government. They wanted Americans to have the capability and firepower to instill fear in potential tyrants.
There's a reason why tyrants disarm their subjects.
Hitler disarmed the Jews, leaving them defenseless and murdering millions.
Everyone in the former Soviet Union was disarmed by the communists, resulting in egregious abuses and outright murder of dissidents.
Disarming the populace necessarily serves to increase the power of the state. And armed populace necessarily serves to prevent this abuse.
And that's why Maloney should be scared.
Nicki Kenyon has been an avid gun rights advocate since she returned to the United States from an overseas Army tour in Germany. She began writing about Second Amendment issues in 2001 when KeepAndBearArms.com published her first essay, "The Moment.". She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in International Relations from the Johns Hopkins University and a Master of Arts degree in National Security Studies from American Military University. Her area of expertise in those fields is European and Eurasian affairs. When not writing about gun rights or hanging out with her husband and son, she practices dry-firing her M1911 at the zombies of "The Walking Dead." Nicki Kenyon's Archive Page.