Sign at National Walkout Day: ‘The Second Amendment isn’t meant to protect our citizens’

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As Dave Workman reported Wednesday, thousands of students took to the streets in a so-called “National Walkout Day” allegedly intended to protest “gun violence.”  But it seems that some of those protesting were somewhat ignorant of the issues.  A number of signs were carried, but one actually read, “The Second Amendment isn’t meant to protect our citizens,” Twitchy said.

Another sign read, “Give us our reparations.”

“We wonder what the Founders would think of that,” Twitchy said.

Let’s take a quick look, shall we?

Let’s start with Thomas Jefferson:

“No free man shall ever be debarred the use of arms.” — Virginia Constitution, Draft 1, 1776.

“I prefer dangerous freedom over peaceful slavery.” — Letter to James Madison, January 30, 1787.

“What country can preserve its liberties if their rulers are not warned from time to time that their people preserve the spirit of resistance. Let them take arms.” — Letter to James Madison, December 20, 1787.

“The laws that forbid the carrying of arms are laws of such a nature. They disarm only those who are neither inclined nor determined to commit crimes…. Such laws make things worse for the assaulted and better for the assailants; they serve rather to encourage than to prevent homicides, for an unarmed man may be attacked with greater confidence than an armed man.” — Thomas Jefferson, Commonplace Book (quoting 18th century criminologist Cesare Beccaria), 1774-1776.

Then there’s this from Noah Webster:

“Before a standing army can rule, the people must be disarmed, as they are in almost every country in Europe. The supreme power in America cannot enforce unjust laws by the sword; because the whole body of the people are armed, and constitute a force superior to any band of regular troops.” — An Examination of the Leading Principles of the Federal Constitution, October 10, 1787.

Thomas Paine wrote:

“The supposed quietude of a good man allures the ruffian; while on the other hand, arms, like law, discourage and keep the invader and the plunderer in awe, and preserve order in the world as well as property. The balance ofpower is the scale of peace. The same balance would be preserved were all the world destitute of arms, for all would be alike; but since some will not, others dare not lay them aside. And while a single nation refuses to lay them down, it is proper that all should keep them up. Horrid mischief would ensue were one-half the world deprived of the use of them; for while avarice and ambition have a place in the heart of man, the weak will become a prey to the strong. The history of every age and nation establishes these truths, and facts need but little arguments when they prove themselves.”  — “Thoughts on Defensive War” in Pennsylvania Magazine, July 1775

We can go on like this for quite some time, but you get the point.  And who, by the way, is the “militia?”  Consider this from the man who helped write the Second Amendment, George Mason:

“I ask who are the militia? They consist now of the whole people, except a few public officers.” — Address to the Virginia Ratifying Convention, June 4, 1788.

It seems, however, that many schoolchildren today aren’t taught history nor, it seems, are they taught how to think.

And they made their ultimate demand quite clear:

Not only did students demonstrate their ignorance on the issue, they also spent time chanting:

Answer: None.

One person noted:

We agree…

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