Gun Rights Are Best Protected in the Articles of Confederation
These words from the Articles of Confederation (America’s original constitution which was illegally abandoned) say it all when it comes to why the Articles are so superior to protect the gun rights of the citizenry of the Anglo-American Patriot States of the USA:
“…every State shall always keep up a well regulated and disciplined militia, sufficiently armed and accoutered, and shall provide and constantly have ready for use, in public stores, a due number of field pieces and tents, and a proper quantity of arms, ammunition and camp equipage...”
In other words, the Articles of Confederation required all of the States to keep up their own militia, so the nation as a whole and in its parts would be protected from foreign invasion, domestic faction, or a national government army run amok. Who were these militia? The background for this rested in both English and colonial American tradition. In colonial America all able-bodied Anglo-American men of certain ages were members of the militia, depending on the respective States rule. For example, here is how the 1792 Militia Act defined the militia: “…each and every free able-bodied white male citizen of the respective States, resident therein, who is or shall be of age of eighteen years, and under the age of forty-five years (except as is herein after excepted) shall severally and respectively be enrolled in the militia…” (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Militia_(United_States)
The Articles of Confederation left the supreme power in the States to have an armed Anglo-American patriot citizenry, and the States in the Articles covenanted to maintain such.
In contrast, when the Articles of Confederation were illegally abandoned, as a condition of ratifying the Federal Constitution, the Anti-Federalists got added to this Federal Constitution the Bill of Rights, which included the Second Amendment. https://mises.org/wire/why-we-cant-ignore-militia-clause-second-amendment?fbclid=IwAR3J0KHdbBqZfLsm0egTshtNgbVU74q5jgkt0vNibmdrdVXxSQ0bFsD_b2w provides helpful information on the Second Amendment:
“Gun-rights advocates often fixate on the second half of the amendment, claiming that the phrase about a militia is just something that provides a reasoning for the second phrase. Many opponents of gun control even suggest that the only phrase here of key importance is "shall not be infringed." … Looking at the debates surrounding the Second Amendment and military power at the end of the eighteenth century, however, we find that the authors of the Second Amendment had a more sophisticated vision of gun ownership than is often assumed. Fearful that a large federal military could be used to destroy the freedoms of the states themselves, Anti-Federalists and other Americans fearful of centralized power in the US government designed the Second Amendment accordingly. It was designed to guarantee that the states would be free to raise and train their own militias as a defense against federal power, and as a means of keeping a defensive military force available to Americans while remaining outside the direct control of the federal government…Patrick Henry mocked the idea that liberties could be preserved by simply "assembling the people." Without locally controlled, military might, Henry noted, federal force could destroy the independence of the state governments. Similarly, George Mason concluded that the "militia ... is our ultimate safety. We can have no security without it."
Whereas civil gun rights in the Federal Constitution rest upon a promise from the supreme centralized Federal government not to infringe on State gun rights, civil gun rights in the Articles of Confederation rest upon structural fact that State citizen militias of States with supreme authority were a bulwark of defense. An armed citizenry with a long heritage of gun rights and no centralized Empire government is fitted to protect gun rights. The Articles of Confederation best protect gun rights and other rights because they put structures in place to maintain those rights, whereas the Federal Constitution inadequately protects rights because its governmental structure does not adequately support promises related to rights.
The Anti-Federalists have proved correct in distrusting what the Federal Government would do if the centralized Federal Constitution replaced the Articles: the Federal Government federalized the State militias, erected a huge Federal standing army with outposts around the world, created a society where most citizens do not own guns, and have systematically been restricting gun ownership. Furthermore, the Federal Empire has been bringing in more and more foreign peoples (often illegally) with no tradition of gun rights or gun ownership, and so little comprehension of the importance of gun rights.
Ironically, it was State militia that engaged the British army in the first battle of the War of Independence (at Lexington and Concord), and it can well be argued that “the Militia was the driving force behind that victory“ in the War, for the following reasons:
“It was the main source of manpower supplied to the Continental army. Although not an organized army in 1775, it did have a long standing military tradition which enabled the colonists to build the army needed to defeat the British in a relatively short period of time. There were tensions between army officers and militia members who refused to join for various reasons. This worked more to the rebel advantage because it enabled unattached militia groups to work within the civilian sector fighting off British sympathy in their individual colonies. And, they provided a reinforcement of soldiers, when needed, with a quickness that the British could not match. A one hundred and fifty-year tradition of citizen soldiers existing in almost every town and hamlet in North America allowed for the quick advancement into a regular army, ultimately to defeat the British, the most well trained army in the world. And, the fact that farmers, themselves a tradition in colonial America, were so influential in the militia movement, they stood to gain the most from extricating the rule of the Crown, by eliminating a perceived unfair tax. This possessed the militia soldier with more passion and incentive to win the war than the common British soldier.” (see http://hartnation.com/the-colonial-militia-during-the-revolutionary-war/ ).
It is time for us to work towards restoration of a confederated USA of Anglo-American Patriot States, under the Articles of Confederation (America’s first constitution that was unadvisedly and illegally abandoned), with America’s first national flag (the Continental Colors or Grand Union flag) as the symbol of our enterprise:
This confederated USA can have partitioned out of the USA those liberal “blue” areas in a sea of “red” areas that remain part of the USA, such as illustrated here:
In order to reach this goal, the Anglo-American patriots of today can follow the basic playbook of our patriot forefathers: create a network of Committees of Correspondence of Anglo-American patriots in every State of the USA. When large enough in each State, these in turn can elect a council/assembly of leaders, which in turn can send delegates to a restored Continental Congress, seeking a return to the Articles of Confederation and listing its grievances with the Federal government.
The centralized Federal empire over a “global nation” will fall, and the confederated USA of Anglo-American Patriot States, under the Articles of Confederation, will rise in its stead. This confederated USA will be a nation of and for the Anglo-American patriot people to God’s glory, not a multi-cultural “global nation” Empire that only really serves the interests of an elite few. States’ Rights will be the victor, and the long struggle of Anti-Federalists against all human odds will be vindicated.
Please consider joining the struggle by joining your State’s Committee of Correspondence: http://www.puritans.net/articles/State%20Committees%20of%20Correspondence%20by%20State.htm . State organizers are especially needed.
Index of Articles related to this Cause: http://www.puritans.net/articles/indexarticlesconfederation.htm .