Open Letter to the Citizens of Gloucester County Virginia,
“For the Common Good. “ Have you ever read the Constitution of the United States? How about the Constitution of Virginia?
The year was 1775 the British Crown decided it was time to take the guns away. Do you know the stories? A silversmith passed the warning protecting the magazines of Lexington and Concord. The shot was heard around the world as the story goes. The British Crown Governor of Virginia attempted the same thing in Williamsburg.
Because the British government failed I can say Happy 4th of July to you!
Today we celebrate our freedom because of the brave men and women that found they had more in common than differences and worked together to get rid of a common enemy. They united a group of colonies for their common good drawing up a rule of law establishing a Democratic Republic to protect us from mob rule.
The individuals were as afraid of mob rule as a king and they worked hard to establish a government that takes the consensus of the elected officials to make laws and rules. These founders knew they had to make it difficult for changes ensuring that there would not be mob rule.
Let’s look at the government; the House of Representatives is based on the population of each state as one leg of the legislature. The Senate, as originally formed had two representatives from each state selected by the state governments – changed constitutionally to be voted in by the state population the second leg of the legislature. The President, approving or disapproving the laws sent to him. The other parts of the government, the Court System, judges appointed by the president and approved by the senate, deciding if laws are constitutional or not; and the final leg of the government a free and independent press to inform the voters what is going on to allow the voters to concur or to let their elected official know they do not approve of what is going on. Read the constitution to learn more. What is going on in our federal government shows us the founders did it correctly.
Some points I would like to share; currently the government has a problem with individuals having semiautomatic rifles, firing one bullet with each pull of the trigger, while the military has automatic rifles that can fire three bullets to emptiyng the magazine depending on the setting used by the soldier. At the time of the forming of our country American’s had superior weapons to the British Army. The American Muskets had rifled gun barrels allowing more accurate and longer range shooting than the muskets used by the British Soldiers. The Bill of Rights had had no problem with this. Also, at the End of the Civil War after General Lee surrendered to General Grant; Grant allowed the Southern Soldiers to take the pistols and rifles home with them as stipulated in the terms of surrender.
During World War II the Axis Powers were not afraid of our military if they invaded us (but they learned better) they were afraid of the American population and its ability to defend itself. During the Cold War, the Soviet Military was not afraid of our military. The Soviets did not invade us because they knew there was no way they could defeat and control our country with the number of civilians that had and knew how to use our civilian weapons.
“Live Free or Die” what else is there to do when you think of our 4th of July. “For the common good.”
Alexander James Jay
P.S. Those that do not know history are doomed to repeat it.