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Fireworks for Firearms

By Richard W. Stevens

Fireworks on the Fourth of July. Could there be any scene more truly American?

When we watched the booms and flashes in that night sky, or set off our own private displays, did we notice the obvious? The booms mimic cannon blasts. The flashes recall the incendiaries and the fiery explosions. The rapid bang-bang-bangs sound like small arms fire.

The Fourth of July commemorates the start of … a war! It even looks and sounds like war. It should be obvious, but how many Americans realize that the Fourth of July – Independence Day -- is all about guns.

Guns for the defense of homeland. Guns to throw off a tyrannical regime. Guns to establish a new nation. Guns to protect life and liberty for all.

Among the first battles of the Revolutionary War were about guns. The British forces aimed to capture the colonists' firearms and stores of ammunition. Local non-governmental militias, formed with private citizens and often with privately owned weapons, resisted the disarmament program.

Our Heroes' Sacrifices – in Vain?

Fighting, and sometimes dying, to protect and defend the free country we call America, has been the proud sacrificial mission mainly of our military. So it has been from the Revolutionary War all the way to the latest missions in the Middle East. On Memorial Day each year we pay tribute specifically to fallen soldiers, sailors, marines, and airmen -- to those who gave that last full measure of devotion to defend this country in war.

So many military members met their ends in ditches and rice paddies, tanks and bunkers, down below decks in ships or hurtling in aircraft far from their squadrons ... or starving on death marches or succumbing to blood poisoning in POW camps. Few went out in the blaze of glory that John Wayne and Mel Gibson movies sometimes portray.

To those men and women who served and died, and to those who came home injured and scarred, we owe a huge debt of gratitude. On Memorial Day, and again on other civic holidays like Independence Day, we should soberly reflect on whether the military sacrifices have been worthwhile ... and to think about what has happened to America. Are the ideals of our Revolutionary Forefathers still respected? When the heroes of World War II came back to America, was it the same America that they fought to protect?

Read Aaron Zelman's searching commentary: "You Won the Battle But Lost the War." It's an open letter to our fathers and grandfathers who stood up against the great killers and the great tyrannies of the 20th Century. The message is for Americans young and old. It is available, free, at http://www.jpfo.org/filegen-n-z/veterans.htm

Give Them A 21-Gun Salute!

To help readers of this column extend the message of Independence Day all year long, JPFO is announcing the 21-Gun Salute Offer. (Last day to order: July 31, 2003.) For only $21.00, you get:

  • A copy of "I Will Live Free" (regular price: $17.91) -- This lively music CD is the perfect way to teach your kids and grandkids all about the Bill of Rights and why Independence Day is so important.
  • A colorful Bill of Rights bumper sticker (regular price: $3.50)

And your choice of one from the following list of items:

  • A set of Brasco the Bear greeting cards (12 cards) (regular price: $11.95)
  • 3-booklet set of illustrated Gran'pa Jacks -- #3 - It's Common Sense to Use Your Bill of Rights, #5 - The United Nations is Killing Your Freedoms, and #8 - Is America Becoming a Police State? (regular price: $10)
  • The Mitzvah -- the action novel where ideas drastically change lives (regular price: $10.95)
  • Dial 911 & Die – proving that government doesn't owe the citizens protection from crime (regular price: $11.95)
  • Hope – showing what happens when the President actually enforces the Constitution! (regular price: $14.95)

All three items -- music CD + bumper sticker + the bonus item of your choice -- for just $21.00 – and JPFO pays the postage.

To order the 21-Gun Salute package, or any of our other pro-freedom, pro-gun products, just call JPFO at (800) 869-1884 or click on www.jpfo.org. Get our e-mail Alerts free. Join JPFO -- still only $20 annual dues -- and you don’t have to be Jewish to join!

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