Biloxi, Mississippi (Ammoland) I must confess I’ve never been much of a ‘joiner’. Most of my life I’ve been an independent thinker, some might say a loner. I rarely feel compelled to join a group or organization, even if I agree with their stance. Whatever descriptor you like, I’ve never been one of the “insiders” regardless of my endeavors. My lovely spouse might credit this situation to my inability to keep my thoughts and opinions to myself.
Not that I have never declared allegiance, I did so twice with the United States Marine Corps when I took the oath of enlistment and then re-enlisted. I took various oaths of allegiance when I was sworn in as a State Certified Peace Officer. If you want to take a trip back in time with me, I swore an allegiance to God when I was confirmed into the Lutheran Church at age fourteen. These oaths and promises of allegiance were not made to objects, but to principles and ideals.
It is no secret that the hottest topic on the minds of ‘gun owners’ across the United States is “2nd Amendment Rights”. When the topic of the 2nd Amendment comes up, I’m want to reply that I am fond of that entire Bill of Rights and by extension the United States Constitution and the principles upon which this nation was founded.
Make no mistake; this nation was founded upon a deliberate set of principles. Whether or not your public school education glossed over that information or you were asleep during that part of American History class, that fact still remains. Today there are factions that would attempt to convince you that the United States of America was a happy accident or a fate accompli that was going to happen regardless of the individual men at the helm in 1776. Even a freshman student of history can tell you that nothing could be farther from the truth.
It was not only James Madison, Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Franklin and the Adams boys who laid the course for what became the greatest nation in the history of mankind. There were hundreds, nay thousands of other men and women who put their lives, reputations and ‘sacred honors’ on the line to steer the ship of state that would become the United States of America. While these founding fathers and brothers did not always agree upon the exact course of action, they were all united in principle. Go back and read the founding documents, the speeches, pamphlets, letters, quotes from sermons, et al.
Failing to choose a side does not make you enlightened, it makes you unreliable to either cause.
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