“Those who fail to learn from history are doomed to repeat it.”
— Winston Churchill
Times may change, but human nature doesn’t. Throughout world history, the race for power has been everlasting, and the only thing that has changed are the tools that people use to gain power and the tools that are used to overthrow power.
Humans have used the military to gain power over people for centuries. In order to control the military, these people needed to get into high positions in office. We see many examples of this in history (King George III, King Louis XVI of France, Qin Shi Huang). When those who are manipulative and power-hungry get into high positions in office, it could mean the end for the freedom of the people under their rule.
One thing to notice is that with many of these Tyrants and Monarchs comes a revolution e.g. The American Revolution and The French Revolution, (which was unsuccessful and only replaced an authoritarian system of government with another authoritarian system).
The pilot light of these revolutions is a philosophical shift within the country of origin, the gas is the weaponry that the public has obtained, and the spark is the tyrant infringing on the rights of the people.
The main philosophical shift of these most modern revolutions stemmed from the Renaissance and the Scientific Revolution. Literature from these times allowed the people in these revolutions to learn about different philosophies and also to understand why the world is the way it is. It was the truth that was found in between the lines.
After the United States Revolution, the U.S. had become one of the largest experiments of human freedom in history. This experiment is 243 years old because of one thing, the second amendment.
“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.”
The second amendment of the U.S. Constitution protects the rights of the citizens of the United States against the government and other citizens. If any form of a tyrant were to take over the government and infringe on the rights of the citizens, they could rebel with the arms they bear and remove the tyrant from office.
The question then is, what would make it possible for a tyrant to take over the United States?
If the strength of the public and the government is unbalanced, the government can take your rights away without a successful rebellion, (or it may not be as easy to rebel). Once the second amendment, the guard to every other amendment of the constitution, is gone, the government has free access to your life.
The founding fathers of the United States made the second amendment so that the seizing of guns would never be institutionalized in U.S. law. They learned from Lexington and Concord and created this amendment.
The battles of Lexington and Concord were also a great example of how the second amendment protects itself, (using guns to protect guns).
The deciding factor of the United States existing today was guns.
We are now starting to see gun control institutionalized in U.S. law, (unconstitutionally), e.g. the banning of the bump stock, the banning of automatic weapons, etc.
The problem is that the government is learning from history and using these lessons to its advantage, and the citizens of the United States are not learning from history and are continuing to vote politicians into office that want to impose gun control.
The idea behind this gun control is based on the battles of Lexington and Concord, instead of trying to take the guns by force, weave the seizing of guns little by little into the law until all guns are banned, then the law-abiding citizens won’t have guns anymore.
Gun control is a never-ending cycle of tyranny: take the arms of the public, take the rights of the public, public tries to rebel, repeat.
The only way to stop this cycle is for there to be a philosophical shift, starting in education, where people are taught to learn from history. When people are taught to learn from history, they will vote for people who are not going to repeat the same tactics other tyrants have used in the past.
Learn from history and use it to your advantage; stop voting for gun control.