This article derives from one of my dear friends. Let’s call him WCP. WCP thinks about things very deeply and with penetrating clarity, as you will see from this article. The post covers how the mainstream media declined to release certain details of the case where a Muslim high school student brought a device into school in order to inflame people’s passions. This kind of reporting is far too widespread and ingrained in news culture these days.
With great delight, I learned of Kim Davis’ release from prison yesterday. You know, my dear readers, for a while I too felt like Kim Davis should have resigned her position. After all, resignation is the usual protest people resort to when coerced into following unjust orders. Fortunately, Phyllis Schlafly’s article set me straight on the matter. Davis’ imprisonment had not even the vestige of justice: she had not broken a single state or federal statute nor had the state of Kentucky passed necessary laws to deal with situations like this which were sure to occur. What is law is the following:
Government shall not substantially burden a person’s freedom of religion. The right to act or refuse to act in a manner motivated by a sincerely held religious belief may not be substantially burdened unless the government proves by clear and convincing evidence that it has a compelling governmental interest in infringing the specific act or refusal to act and has used the least restrictive means to further that interest. A “burden” shall include indirect burdens such as withholding benefits, assessing penalties or an exclusion from programs or access to facilities.–Kentucky’s Religious Freedom Act
A friend of mine requested this article, and I could not be more happy to write on this topic. In many ways, modern culture has rendered obsolete the concept that the militia consists of all male citizens between fifteen and fifty. The need to know how to fight has been relegated to soldiers and policemen–the professionals. However, back in the 18th century and prior, martial skill and some familiarity with weapons was a must for any man who did not wish to become a victim. A man needed to defend his community from all manners of foes, ranging from wild beasts to predatory government officials. While a man in the modern world will not likely have to deal with either of these extremes, it still behooves a man to condition himself through martial training.
The purpose of the Second Amendment has been forgotten by all except the most conservative. Target shooting, hunting, and even personal defense were not on the Founding Father’s minds when they drafted it. Instead, it was intended to enable the average citizen to resist a tyrannical government. Impossible for this to occur in modern-day America? Perhaps, they thought this impossible in Germany, China, Russia, and other places in the 20th century. With our own government taking to itself more and more powers and creating laws which flout Constitutional procedures, can we really be so sure that a tyrant shall not try to place his boot on the necks of freedom-loving Americans in the near future? Thus, one cannot encourage enough the study of that weapon of the free man–the rifle.