July is so much more than a time for fireworks and barbecue. This is the month that patriots across our beloved country remember our history and the great price that was paid for our liberty, our severing the ties of tyranny to George III.
What began as an exploratory and expansionist expedition to the new world, eventually became the hope of people yearning for freedom and self-determination.
Some background from Battlefields.org:
For the better part of the 17th and 18th centuries, the relationship between Great Britain and her North American colonies was firm, robust, and peaceable. The colonies enjoyed a period of “salutary neglect”; meaning that the colonial governments were more or less able to self-govern without intervention from Parliament. This laissez-faire approach allowed the colonies to flourish financially, which in turn proved profitable for the mother country as well. However, this period of tranquility and prosperity would not last.
Great Britain had amassed an enormous debt following the French and Indian War; so, as a means to help alleviate at least some of the financial burden, they expected the American colonies to shoulder their share. Beginning in 1763, Great Britain instituted a series of parliamentary acts for taxing the American colonies. Though seemingly a reasonable course of action – considering the British had come to the defense of the colonies in the French and Indian War – many colonials were livid at the levying of taxes. From 1763 to 1776, Parliament, King George III, royal governors, and colonists clashed over regulations of trade, representation, and taxation. Despite the growing unrest, many Americans perceived war and independence as a last resort.
Stephen P. Halbrook, leading Second Amendment legal mind and authority in the nation, wrote of the events of spring and summer 1774 in his definitive work, The Founders’ Second Amendment: Origins of the Right to Bear Arms:
…the colonists were stockpiling large quantities of arms and ammunition. Countless barrels of gunpowder were imported, stored in powder houses, and then distributed as merchants and provincial authorities made withdrawals.
General Gage began to restrict the distribution of this stored gunpowder. Redcoats were also beginning to seize firearms.
America’s independence was purchased with a high price in human lives, all of whom carried firearms. The story of the American Revolution spans years and culminated in the Declaration of Independence on 2 July 1776, with the final wording of the Declaration approved on 4 July 1776.
Independence Day is so much more than a terrific holiday. An apt summary of the collective, national feeling again at Battlefields.org:
The War of Independence is forever ingrained within our American identity, and provides all Americans a sense of who we are, or, at the very least, who we should be. Our forefathers fought for liberty, freedom, and republican ideals the likes of which had never before been seen in any style of organized government preceding them. In many ways then, the American Revolution was an experiment: an experiment which overthrew the rule of a foreign power; an experiment which defeated the world’s most powerful military; and an experiment which laid the ground work for a nation attempting to create itself. The low din of battle, fought all those years ago, continues to echo the hearts and minds of Americans to this very day.
Everyone should read the entire Declaration at least every Independence Day:
When in the Course of human events it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.
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. — That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, — That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness…
Firearms played an inestimable part in in securing that indepence. Firearms have played a crucial part in maintaining our liberty. And firearms are imperative for safeguarding our freedom now and in the future.
The Founders well understood the importance of an armed militia and an armed populace (often one and the same), and thus the Second Amendment was passed by Congress on September 25, 1789 and ratified December 15, 1791.
ROBAR honors the Second Amendment and your God-given right to carry — not just for sport, not just for hunting and self-defense, but ultimately as a safeguard against possible tyranny.
Celebrate the heart of July — a salute to those brave Americans who embodied the last line of that document, “And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of Divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes, and our sacred Honor.”
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Never forget our heritage. Never cease to be grateful for the liberty we enjoy. And never, never cease to be vigilant to safeguard that precious freedom!
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