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Monday, July 19, 2010

Sharron Angle Re: 2nd Amendment Rights - Patriotic Perspectives

Sharron Angle is a candidate for U.S. Senate, Nevada, facing Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid in the mid-term elections this November. The Bold Pursuit offers a blog about Ms. Angle from guest blogger, Jeanette Ward.

Sharron Angle Re: 2nd Amendment Rights

What Sharron Angle said (as reported in The Las Vegas Sun):
“She said the purpose of the right to bear arms is to check the federal government. But she stopped short of saying that she would support an armed uprising.
‘Our Founding Fathers, they put that Second Amendment in there for a good reason, and that was for the people to protect themselves against a tyrannical government,’ Angle told conservative talk show host Lars Larson in January. ‘In fact, Thomas Jefferson said it’s good for a country to have a revolution every 20 years. I hope that’s not where we’re going, but you know, if this Congress keeps going the way it is, people are really looking toward those Second Amendment remedies.’
“Also that month, she told Reno conservative talk show host Bill Manders she hoped her opponent, U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, would be defeated at the ballot box before the electorate resorted to more aggressive measures.

’I’m hoping that we’re not getting to Second Amendment remedies,’ Angle said. ‘I hope that the vote will be the cure for the Harry Reid problems.’

“And last month she told the Reno Gazette-Journal ‘it’s almost an imperative’ that conservatives win.’
'The nation is arming,’ she told the newspaper. ‘What are they arming for if it isn’t that they are so distrustful of their government? They’re afraid they’ll have to fight for their liberty in more Second Amendment kinds of ways. That’s why I look at this as almost an imperative. If we don’t win at the ballot box, what will be the next step?’
What Thomas Jefferson said:

"The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of tyrants and patriots.”

“The strongest reason for the people to retain the right to keep and bear arms is, as a last resort (emphasis mine), to protect themselves against tyranny in government.”

“What country can preserve its liberties if its rulers are not warned from time to time that their people preserve the spirit of resistance?” 
“When the people fear their government, there is tyranny; when the government fears the people, there is liberty.”

“Laws that forbid the carrying of arms...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.” (Jefferson quoting Cesare Beccaria)

Chris Matthews, perhaps you’d like to “pull the scab off” Thomas Jefferson or some other Founding Father. Maybe that would give you “a thrill up your leg”!

Come on, people! You have forgotten your history! What Sharron Angle said is MILD compared to some of Thomas Jefferson’s quotes. And that is only Thomas Jefferson. If I added James Madison, George Mason, Noah Webster, Alexander Hamilton, William Rawle, Samuel Adams, Patrick Henry, and George Washington, just to name a few, I could fill volumes.

But I shall end with a great one by George Washington:

"Firearms stand next in importance to the Constitution itself. They are the American people's liberty teeth and keystone under independence (emphasis mine) ... From the hour the Pilgrims landed, to the present day, events, occurrences, and tendencies prove that to insure peace, security and happiness, the rifle and pistol are equally indispensable . . . the very atmosphere of firearms everywhere restrains evil interference - they deserve a place of honor with all that is good (emphasis mine)"


  1. Thank you Jeanette Ward for this. The comments about the 2nd Amendment Sharron Angle makes are simply common sense. Irrespective of how mild they may be in comparison with the views of the Founders, her warning is a correct view of the psychology of most Americans. They will simply not allow themselves to be mugged into a social stupor by bullies hooked on the most addictive 'substance' on earth, political power.I know she, you, I, and all good people hope that we can protect ourselves with peaceful means against the governmental depredations that we see reported each day on the news. But, in my opinion, the loss of freedom, the slavery that seems the end that we are headed for, is far worse than any defense we can mount. Best, Dick Lanham

  2. A good defense of Sharon Angles statements, Jeanette. At first blush her statements ring radical, yet she is making them in the face of forces that wish to DO AWAY with our Constitution.
    I consider that far more radical than the person who will defend against such an action.
    They wish, and are striving mightily, to DO AWAY with the Free Market system and chain us with Socialism.
    Is the radical the one who would resist such destruction, or the one who perpetrates it.
    I stand with Sharon Angle. If we are forced to fight to save our country from her internal enemies, the fault will lie with them.

  3. Thank you, Clio and The Bold Pursuit, for having me as your guest.

    Thank you, Dick and uasbruce! Get the word out, my friends! Make comments defending her on articles critical of her and other freedom-loving conservatives, and tell your friends. Donate if you can (http://www.sharronangle.com). She is 7 percentage points down because of the liberal media and Harry Reid painting her as a radical. Explain why THEY are the radicals, not Sharron Angle, and not us.

    See also http://www.moveonreid.com for other articles regarding Sharron Angle.

  4. Jeanette: It's our pleasure to have your article posted in The Bold Pursuit. Thank you for sharing your information about Sharron -- we look forward to posting more information about her as we move closer to the mid-term elections.

  5. A year or so ago I would have dismissed Sharron Angle as appealing to extremists. But if the socialists use subterfuge or open fraud to steal elections, then they will have become tyrants. And willing submission to tyrants is morally wrong. Many lives have been given for liberty. Why not add mine to the roster, if that is what is called for? A year ago, I would have thought my own words extreme. I came to this view reluctantly. I pray that it will not come to violence, and I pray that if it does, I will be found equal to the task.

  6. Robert, That is my prayer as well. His grace will be with us if the task becomes necessary. "Rebellion to tyrants is obedience to God." - from Benjamin Franklin's proposed reverse side to The Great Seal for The United States of America.

  7. I am delighted to see this much traffic on TBP. The voice of conservatism is being heard and appreciated more and more. The exchange of ideas here is very uplifting in recognition that intelligent, informed people are able to perservere in the hostile political environment surrounding us at this time. Thank you for participating, and thank you, Clio, for providing this forum where ideas can be shared.

  8. @Anonymous: thank you for your remarks, for following The Bold Pursuit! We're very pleased to see TBP's mission unfolding as hoped -- we now have more guest bloggers and staff: Contributing Writer/Editor Cynthia Toney and our Senior Associate, Genevieve. As the mid-term elections draw near, we will add more writers and editors to help us provide compelling and factual information to our readers.