When the resolution of enslaving America was formed in Great Britain, the British Parliament was advised by an artful man, who was governor of Pennsylvania, to disarm the people; that it was the best and most effectual way to enslave them; but that they should not do it openly, but weaken them, and let them sink gradually.” — George Mason of Virginia, 1788
I heard a saying once: that Europe was founded on history; America on Philosophy.
Our Founding Fathers were well-read and students of history. They were unwavering in their belief that the right of the people to Keep and Bear Arms is a fundamental human right.
They knew that maintaining an armed populace is absolutely essential to preserving liberty.
They knew this because the hard-learned lessons of the American Revolution taught them, irrefutably, that without the means to match their oppressors on the battlefield, they would have remained slaves to their tyrannical government.
Of course, foreign assistance lent a heavy hand in America’s victory in her battle for Independence. However, without both their arms, and their wealth of experience using those arms, the rag-tag rebel force would have been no match for the highly-trained soldiers of the British Army.
Staying Vigilant by Honing Weapon Proficiency
Like any tool, simply owning a gun serves no value without the ability to use it effectively.
That’s why it is the primary duty of the American patriot to protect, uphold, and maintain the following two things at all costs:
1) The inherent right of the people to keep and bear arms, and
2) the ability to use their arms proficiently and effectively.
In an effort to remain vigilant, I know that I must make continual strides and apply constant effort to hone my skills, and remain proficient with my firearms.
We must all help each other to do the same.
Below is a link to great tool that can help improve your proficiency with a handgun. It shows common shooting errors that affect accuracy and shows steps to take to correct the issues. It isn’t a cure-all, but it’s a great place to start, and if anyone else has any similar guides or tools, please share them with me.