On the Topic of The Right To Keep and Bear Arms:
I think the above graphic makes it pretty darn clear where we stand. We believe in the absolute right of people to bear arms for defense of themselves, their families, their homes, and their nation. We could just leave it at that, but we don't think we will. Let's dive into this topic a little more because we feel like it is important that you, our customer, understands where we stand as people, and as a company.
Something I want to get out front first off is this: Some of you will not agree with our position. I would guess that most would agree with our entire stance, some will agree with parts of it, others will stumble upon this post, get offended and leave hateful comments. I hope we don't see any of the third group here but I digress. This is a politically charged topic and it strikes emotions from all sides. There are so called "grey areas" that have been created in our political arena and politicians who are too scared to stand for whats right make the situation worse daily. Add on top of that a people who care less and less about what our Republic stands for and it creates a perfect storm to see our rights erode before us. Think about how many people are actually showing up for elections to vote in their representatives. Yeah it is pretty bad.
As a company one might ask why we would even get involved in the discussion. That's a valid point. We could just stick to selling a product to our end users. We could just keep plugging along and grow sales, invest in our business, and move along with our day, careful to not offend anyone on any side.
That simply isn't us, and our calling is much higher than simply selling a product. It is as simple as that.
I believe that companies in our industry (the gun industry) have an important role to play in educating the consumers who buy their products. As I stated above, it shouldn't just be about selling a product. We are in an industry centered around a natural right to protect ourselves with firearms and weapons. That is unique and worthy of educating ourselves and future generations. The right of firearm ownership is constantly under attack and when we sleep, the elitists win.
Another point I want to get across is this isn't a history lesson. I will touch on some basic things driving us to our beliefs, but I don't want to get too in depth into each component. I am just here to tell you all where we stand. Let's get into this. I want to start with some truths that we should all understand.
Our founders created the second amendment and included it in the constitution based on a belief that the right to self defense and resistance to tyranny are self-evident and predate man made government structures.
Phew! That was a mouth-full. In simple terms, the right to bear arms in self defense and in defense against tyranny is a natural right, one that is not granted by the government. Remember, rights aren't granted, they are inherent. So what does that mean? It means the government cannot relieve you of those rights. If it does, it is tyrannical. The second paragraph of our Declaration of Independence states the belief clearly: "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." (emphasis added). The bill of rights outlines several key human rights. They hold so much importance that our founders, after much discourse and debate (see federalist papers, anti-federalist papers), added them. Whether you like the second amendment and the right to bear arms, it was put in place on purpose and serves a vital role in our nation even to this day.
Let's talk about why we write things in our constitution. Why did the founders write the amendments on paper? Why did we even bother writing anything down at all? Here's another truth for us to swallow: We wrote the second amendment into the constitution along with the other amendments to limit the government and ensure that it does not infringe on a right that is natural to all Americans. It isn't about keeping people in check. This is about ensuring that the people hold the power, not the governing officials. History paints a brutal picture of nations and empires that turned on their people and brought them into some of the darkest times. With tyranny comes oppression.
Now we have discussed the construct surrounding our constitution in a very quick fashion, let's dive a little deeper. What does the second amendment mean? Is it really about muskets revolvers?
The second amendment reads: "A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed." The supreme court confirmed the individual right to own firearms, even for citizens outside of militia service, in District of Columba V. Heller. I will not go into all the details here, but please study up on that case. Our founders own writings confirm the idea that they believed in an inherent right to own firearms. Our team believes the same. Much like our founders owned the EXACT weapons (or superior weapons in some cases) to the British, we believe the populace ought to own the same small arms our federal government arms our military with.
Think about the revolution: Farmers, laborers, doctors, sons, all taking up arms against a tyrannical regime. This would be nearly impossible without easy and immediate access to firearms equal or greater to the force which you are facing. Our founders owned battle ships, canons, the latest technology in weapons and small arms. And they used them with intensity to remain free men. When we look at firearms rights I think the first question should be: "Does every human have the right to defend their life?" I answer that question with a resounding yes as do my team members. We all have this inherent right. No person, no government entity can revoke that right from free people. History shows us tyrannical regimes and one of the first moves often made is disarming the populace.
You now have an idea where we stand but let me re-iterate: We believe in the inherent right for the people to own all arms. This means grandpappy's hunting rifle, sure, but it also means Full Auto carbines and machine guns, suppressors and short barrel platforms. We believe the people have an inherent right to owning these weapons, and the federal government has no place in telling the people otherwise. Afterall, what free republic would actually want to disarm their people? Think on that for a moment..
So what does all this mean? Let's compile the points. If people have an absolute right to defend their life from their first breath to their last, who has the right to limit their ability to own the weapons necessary to do so? Is that truly a power you want to vest in the federal government or a state government for that matter? We think not. I'm just going to come out and say it: If you TRULY believe in the second amendment, is there any real position other than an absolutist? Does it not make you a hypocrite if you enact a process a person must go through or papers a person must file with the crown to make them eligible to possess arms? To me personally the absolutist belief isn't that hard of a pill to swallow. Liberty is not about keeping you safe. It is about keeping you FREE.
The right to keep and bear arms is a balance of power. It levies the power to the people. Governments unchecked turn against their people. We were blessed with a unique opportunity to start with a blank slate in our nation. Thank God our founders created a Republic that put the power in the people, not a democracy or monarchy. Our founders brilliantly created a nation which feared God and owned the power.
Since the early 1900's we have bought into the lie that we need the federal government to care for our needs from every side. We have lost a piece of the rebel heart that framed our nation.
As a company we want to help change the tide of this reality. We don't think background checks are the answer. Heck who submits to background checks anyway? Law abiding people. Criminals don't feel the need to background check themselves, yet they find firearms and administer evil to people with them. We also don't think the federal government has a place in banning anything firearm related. I long to live in a country where I can walk into the gun store and walk out with my new suppressor in tote same day, no waiting, no papers. We want to be a breath of fresh air, we want to hold officials accountable. No more bans. No more accessories being demonized as a sacrificial lamb (see bump fire stocks). There are behemoths that must be dealt with in order to return us back to a nation where free people owned the arms they wanted without intrusion. The NFA, 1968 GCA, and the Hughes Amendment all restrict our access to firearms in some way and form. Each one is a bear and would need dealt with carefully. I'm not here professing I/we know the best way, but I do know that they go against our foundation and limit the ability of our people to own necessary arms to balance power.
I like Ben Franklin's motto, which later became the seal of Thomas Jefferson: "Resistance to Tyrants is obedience to God." As a free people we must resist the movements to strip us of our rights. As a company we will do our part to try to educate. We will rally our base and spread truth to the topic. We will be a part to the movement.
So what's next? Now you know that full auto makes us giggle, we have an unhealthy obsession with suppressors, we like short barrels. Now we educate. We train the next generations because this will be a multi-generational battle. A heavy burden is put on fathers to teach their sons about these truths. Hopefully this stirs up some thoughts and gets your mind thinking. I plan to do follow up posts going forward and we can dive into these topics more and more. I want solutions, I want to see politicians held accountable for their treason when they infringe on our inherent rights. But that takes an educated populace who knows our republic and is willing to stand up for truth.
Be that change and start educated those who are sleeping. We only have so much time, lets use it.
Article 1 Section 21 of the Pennsylvania State Constitution: "The Right of the citizens to bear arms in defense of themselves and the state shall not be questioned."
Stay well Friends.