I read this and was moved. I feel the same way as this author. This is dedicated to those who love freedom and those who wish to keep and bear arms for the protection of the family and those of this country. I’d rather have a gun and not need it, than to need a gun and not have it. Takes a bullet a millisecond to exit a gun…takes upwards of 15 minutes for police to arrive, with guess what? Their guns. Have a great and safe 4th of July.
‘Have you ever wondered what happened to the 56 men who signed the Declaration of Independence? Five signers were captured by the British as traitors, and tortured before they died. Twelve had their homes ransacked and burned. Two lost their sons in the revolutionary army, another had two sons captured. Nine of the 56 fought and died from wounds or hardships of the revolutionary war.
They signed and they pledged their lives, their fortunes, and their sacred honor. What kind of men were they? Twenty-four were lawyers and jurists. Eleven were merchants, nine were farmers and large plantation owners, men of means, well educated. But they signed the Declaration of Independence knowing full well that the penalty would be death if they were captured. Carter Braxton of Virginia, a wealthy planter and trader, saw his ships swept from the seas by the British Navy. He sold his home and properties to pay his debts, and died in rags.
Thomas McKeam was so hounded by the British that he was forced to move his family almost constantly. He served in the Congress without pay, and his family was kept in hiding. His possessions were taken from him, and poverty was his reward. Vandals or soldiers or both, looted the properties of Ellery, Clymer, Hall, Walton, Gwinnett, Heyward, Ruttledge, and Middleton. At the battle of Yorktown, Thomas Nelson Jr., noted that the British General Cornwallis had taken over the Nelson home for his headquarters. The owner quietly urged General George Washington to open fire. The home was destroyed, and Nelson died bankrupt. Francis Lewis had his home and properties destroyed.
The enemy jailed his wife, and she died within a few months. John Hart was driven from his wife’s bedside as she was dying. Their 13 children fled for their lives. His fields and his gristmill were laid to waste. For more than a year he lived in forests and caves, returning home to find his wife dead and his children vanished. A few weeks later he died from exhaustion and a broken heart. Norris and Livingston suffered similar fates. Such were the stories and sacrifices of the American Revolution. These were not wild eyed, rabble-rousing ruffians.
They were soft-spoken men of means and education. They had security, but they valued liberty more. Standing tall, straight, and unwavering, they pledged: “For the support of this declaration, with firm reliance on the protection of the divine providence, we mutually pledge to each other, our lives, our fortunes, and our sacred honor.” They gave you and I a free and independent America. The history books never told you a lot of what happened in the revolutionary war. We didn’t just fight the British.
We were British subjects at that time and we fought our own government! Seems one day we may have to do it again. Perhaps you can now see why our founding fathers had a hatred for standing armies, and allowed through the Second Amendment for everyone to be armed. Some of us take these liberties so much for granted. We shouldn’t. Once the guns have been collected or turned in enough and or laws have been passed to secure them out of your reach, it’s then that the trouble will begin. No one dare take on an armed country without taking losses too. And we should never let any circumstance or terror convince us that’s it’s better to have more gun control in the hands of imprisoning laws or state police. Freedom is free; that’s why they call it freedom!
Peace my friends.’
We often remember those who for whatever governmental interests travel to foreign lands; placing their own lives at risk but seldom do we recall those who stood on our own soil many years ago,…fighting for this land, people’s lives along with the freedoms our ancestors so desired and longed for their children (us) to have and enjoy for the future.
Remember people, freedom is free; that’s why they call it freedom…our ancestors (Europeans-USA) understood this and more than likely would be at war right now with the powers that be to make sure their children and their children’s children have it.. So many have already died on all sides for and in the name of freedom. We are free, and have freedom, but we may have to fight as our ancestors once did again to keep it. Consider this as you remember our freedoms and the U.S. Constitution, Bill of Rights, etc…on this 4th of July. Will will not tolerate the ungodliness and tyranny of people wishing to share in our God given liberties and freedoms.
If we are not free, and freedom is not free as others have said, then tell me when will it be paid for….NO! We are and will remain a free society and we will keep our freedoms…….at any cost!!!
“Freedom of speech is a principal pillar of a free government; when this support is taken away, the constitution of a free society is dissolved, and tyranny is erected on its ruins.”
“Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety.”
“If Men are so wicked as we now see them with Religion what would they be if without it?”
“Every man of the commonalty (excepting infants, insane persons, and criminals) is, of common right, and by the laws of God, a freeman, and entitled to the free enjoyment of liberty.”
May we think of freedom, not as the right to do as we please, but as the opportunity to do what is right in the eyes of God!