Thursday, February 4, 2010

Switzerland's Version of the US Second Amendment

Why No One Invades Switzerland

Second Amendment to the Bill of Rights to the U.S. Constitution: 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.

Our Second Amendment prevented the Japanese from invading the United States after they bombed Pearl Harbor: "You cannot invade the mainland United States. There would be a rifle behind each blade of grass." This was a statement made by Japanese Admiral Yamamoto (Great Quotations)

Switzerland's example is similar to what the founding fathers intended when they inserted the Second Amendment into the Constitution. Firearms stand next in importance to the constitution itself. They are the American people's liberty teeth and keystone under independence … from the hour the Pilgrims landed to the present day, events, occurences and tendencies prove that to ensure peace security and happiness, the rifle and pistol are equally indispensable … the very atmosphere of firearms anywhere restrains evil interference — they deserve a place of honor with all that's good. George Washington, First President of the United States.

The constitutions of most of our States assert that all power is inherent in the people; that … it is their right and duty to be at all times armed; … Thomas Jefferson, letter to Justice John Cartwright, June 5, 1824. ME 16:45.

I ask, Sir, what is the militia? It is the whole people. To disarm the people is the best and most effectual way to enslave them. George Mason, Co-author of the Second Amendment during Virginia's Convention to Ratify the Constitution, 1788. Source.

No freeman shall ever be debarred the use of arms. ---Thomas Jefferson: Draft Virginia Constitution, 1776. Source.

By and large, the states followed the intent of the Second Amendment by establishing their own militias under the governor's office. Both North and South fought the War Between the States with their militias. The Second Amendment was designed to protect each state from abuse from the federal government and other states.

This Amendment is the one which protects our First Amendment rights of free speech. If we lose it, we lose both.

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