This Day In Congress, July 4, 1776

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This Day In Congress, July 4, 1776
Michigan Coalition For Responsible Gun Owners
Michigan Coalition For Responsible Gun Owners

Michigan –-( The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen united States of America

When in the Course of human events it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. –

That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, – That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security. – Such has been the patient sufferance of these Colonies; and such is now the necessity which constrains them to alter their former Systems of Government. The history of the present King of Great Britain is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute Tyranny over these States.

To prove this, let Facts be submitted to a candid world.

  • He has refused his Assent to Laws, the most wholesome and necessary for the public good.
  • He has forbidden his Governors to pass Laws of immediate and pressing importance, unless suspended in their operation till his Assent should be obtained; and when so suspended, he has utterly neglected to attend to them.
  • He has refused to pass other Laws for the accommodation of large districts of people, unless those people would relinquish the right of Representation in the Legislature, a right inestimable to them and formidable to tyrants only.
  • He has called together legislative bodies at places unusual, uncomfortable, and distant from the depository of their Public Records, for the sole purpose of fatiguing them into compliance with his measures.
  • He has dissolved Representative Houses repeatedly, for opposing with manly firmness his invasions on the rights of the people.
  • He has refused for a long time, after such dissolutions, to cause others to be elected, whereby the Legislative Powers, incapable of Annihilation, have returned to the People at large for their exercise; the State remaining in the mean time exposed to all the dangers of invasion from without, and convulsions within.
  • He has endeavoured to prevent the population of these States; for that purpose obstructing the Laws for Naturalization of Foreigners; refusing to pass others to encourage their migrations hither, and raising the conditions of new Appropriations of Lands.
  • He has obstructed the Administration of Justice by refusing his Assent to Laws for establishing Judiciary Powers.
  • He has made Judges dependent on his Will alone for the tenure of their offices, and the amount and payment of their salaries.
  • He has erected a multitude of New Offices, and sent hither swarms of Officers to harass our people and eat out their substance.
  • He has kept among us, in times of peace, Standing Armies without the Consent of our legislatures.
  • He has affected to render the Military independent of and superior to the Civil Power.
  • He has combined with others to subject us to a jurisdiction foreign to our constitution, and unacknowledged by our laws; giving his Assent to their Acts of pretended Legislation:
  • For quartering large bodies of armed troops among us:
  • For protecting them, by a mock Trial from punishment for any Murders which they should commit on the Inhabitants of these States:
  • For cutting off our Trade with all parts of the world:
  • For imposing Taxes on us without our Consent:
  • For depriving us in many cases, of the benefit of Trial by Jury:
  • For transporting us beyond Seas to be tried for pretended offences:
  • For abolishing the free System of English Laws in a neighbouring Province, establishing therein an Arbitrary government, and enlarging its Boundaries so as to render it at once an example and fit instrument for introducing the same absolute rule into these Colonies
  • For taking away our Charters, abolishing our most valuable Laws and altering fundamentally the Forms of our Governments:
  • For suspending our own Legislatures, and declaring themselves invested with power to legislate for us in all cases whatsoever.
  • He has abdicated Government here, by declaring us out of his Protection and waging War against us.
  • He has plundered our seas, ravaged our coasts, burnt our towns, and destroyed the lives of our people.
  • He is at this time transporting large Armies of foreign Mercenaries to compleat the works of death, desolation, and tyranny, already begun with circumstances of Cruelty & Perfidy scarcely paralleled in the most barbarous ages, and totally unworthy the Head of a civilized nation.
  • He has constrained our fellow Citizens taken Captive on the high Seas to bear Arms against their Country, to become the executioners of their friends and Brethren, or to fall themselves by their Hands.
  • He has excited domestic insurrections amongst us, and has endeavoured to bring on the inhabitants of our frontiers, the merciless Indian Savages whose known rule of warfare, is an undistinguished destruction of all ages, sexes and conditions.

In every stage of these Oppressions We have Petitioned for Redress in the most humble terms: Our repeated Petitions have been answered only by repeated injury. A Prince, whose character is thus marked by every act which may define a Tyrant, is unfit to be the ruler of a free people.

Nor have We been wanting in attentions to our British brethren. We have warned them from time to time of attempts by their legislature to extend an unwarrantable jurisdiction over us. We have reminded them of the circumstances of our emigration and settlement here. We have appealed to their native justice and magnanimity, and we have conjured them by the ties of our common kindred to disavow these usurpations, which would inevitably interrupt our connections and correspondence. They too have been deaf to the voice of justice and of consanguinity. We must, therefore, acquiesce in the necessity, which denounces our Separation, and hold them, as we hold the rest of mankind, Enemies in War, in Peace Friends.

We, therefore, the Representatives of the united States of America, in General Congress, Assembled, appealing to the Supreme Judge of the world for the rectitude of our intentions, do, in the Name, and by Authority of the good People of these Colonies, solemnly publish and declare, That these united Colonies are, and of Right ought to be Free and Independent States, that they are Absolved from all Allegiance to the British Crown, and that all political connection between them and the State of Great Britain, is and ought to be totally dissolved; and that as Free and Independent States, they have full Power to levy War, conclude Peace, contract Alliances, establish Commerce, and to do all other Acts and Things which Independent States may of right do. – And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of Divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes, and our sacred Honor.

Here, here : Happy Fourth of July!

About MCRGO:

The Michigan Coalition for Responsible Gun Owners is a non-profit, non-partisan organization. Formed from just eight people in 1996, we now have thousands of members and numerous affiliated clubs across the state. We’re growing larger and more effective every day.Our mission statement is: “Promoting safe use and ownership of firearms through education, litigation, and legislation.”

For more information, visit their website.

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hither swarms of officers, are they eating out our substance today?.were taxed to the point that all taxes combined takes our entire salary for 6 months


“The Federal Government is treating the ‘long train of abuses’ enumerated in our Declaration of Independence like a shopping list, and is treating George Orwell’s 1984 like an operations manual.” Stewart Rhodes The Freedom We have Lost Ask yourself, what corners of your daily life, in its most mundane and important aspects, are not controlled, regulated, planned, and overseen by the guiding hand of government? Americans are free to say whatever they want – as long as it does not offend any ethnic, gender or racial group. They can pursue any career they choose – as long as they have… Read more »


Oh noes! Conservatives Christians no longer have the free rein they had in the “good old days” where they were denying others’ rights and disregarding the 1A? Oh noes!

Charlie Smith

Can’t you just take 1 day off from ruining everyone’s day?

Wild Bill

Smith, Like anyone has ever denied him the exercise of a civil right. All of this is just a mind game… a hypothetical in his life.


This Day in Congress, July 4th, 2017 they’ve gone on vacation after failing to pass legislation based on promises made!


Yeah right! The British Crown at the time of the Revolution was practically Libertarian. Far from giving everyone freedom only the elites benefitted. Slavery was strengthened, Native rights abolished and people faced triple the taxes than under the Crown. Then again Christian Conservatives romanticize the idea of waging war to gain power even if the majority don’t agree with them.

Silence Dogood

More meaningless blabber from Gil, the clueless. Freedom is not Free, only stupidity, like Gil is Free. Here is some truth few know of the “Founding Fathers”: Of the 56 men that signed the Declaration of Independence, those closest to the British forces paid the most dearly for signing the treasonous and illegal Declaration of Independence. All 56 signers faced death by hanging. Francis Lewis had his home and estate plundered. His wife was captured and brutalized, later dying from the effects of bad treatment. William Floyd and his family were unable to return to their pillaged home for seven… Read more »


It is with a heavy heart that I declare some people who post here deserve tyranny and loss of all rights that are given through the creator. This great nation can only survive and prosper upon the efforts of those who love liberty over safety. Those of you who do not understand how and why this great nation came to be are pitiful slaves. GOD BLESS AMERICA!!!


So it was okay to the Native lose their land rights they had under the Crown and could now be forcefully be pushed off their land? Or that slaves had to escape to Canada for their freedom? Were the average schmoe on the street happy to pay more of their income to a local government than be beholden to less taxes to a faraway government?


So some White men of property tried to seize power for themselves and paid a high price. Even Libertarian agree the Revolution was not automatically a good thing.


Too many of us have forgotten. Too many don’t even understand how many freedoms they’ve lost in just the last 80 years.

Wild Bill

@Vanns, I bought my first pistol at the hardware store. The only paperwork was a hand written receipt. It is sad to think that American young people will never know freedom.


Me too. A used 1911 was $75. All were kept in a glass case in the hardware store. No cred cards back then. You paid cash, didn’t even get a receipt, just the gun and walked out.

Pistol Packin Preacher

thank you for the remembrance of freedom and for your service to our freedom here in the USA. I remember my Dad gave me my .22 rifle at eight years old after many teachings and instruction in the use of. His last words were to shoot in the woods beside our house and never aim at the houses on the other side. My friends and I kept the rules and hit the woods often with our freedom and guns and no accidents or mishaps at eight years old. Thanks to all the Vets out there I won’t forget.

Wild Bill

@PPP, Long time no hear from. I love stores like yours about your Pa. And yes, thank you to all the vets out there. All gave some. Some gave all.

Wild Bill

Happy Birthday America, Hillary is not president!


Happy 241st Birthday America, and Thank God Donald J. Trump is OUR President…;)