"Assault guns" are not nearly as potentially dangerous as "assault minds". But if the two are continually allowed to come together without controls, it can cause a nation to "come apart"
GUNOLATRY. . . the worship of the gun-god by "American Arsenalists"
Similar to what has occurred in many forms of religion, the foundational "scripture" used by the preachers of the "gunology" of "American Arsenalism" has been so misunderstood and misapplied that it has become transmogrified into a "battle-cry" against those who believe that guns are not GOD's favorite form of defense for humans.
Those who are obsessed with the defense of their own SELF usually give no thought to the fact that most bullets shot at "suspicious" humans do not hit the human shot at. And even if a bullet does accidently "hit its mark", it may not stop until it hits an "unintended target" behind or near the targeted "assailant"— such as a family member in the next room, or the neighbor across the street looking out of his window to see what's causing all the commotion.
And if it happens in a "war zone", just call it a "friendly-fire incident" with "collateral damage" and express "deep regret" and those who aren't killed or maimed will soon forget about it— especially if they are paid to "forget" what happened.
"American Arsenalists" at the civilian and "Federal" level have created an entrenched source of potential endangerment because of their insatiable lust for lethal weapons. The ever-mounting stockpiles of "arms" negatively affect not only all of the citizens of the United States— including the arsenalists themselves; but they also contribute to the ongoing, self-perpetuating cycle of undeserved violence affecting countless multitudes of humans and animals living within the network of Nations encircling the Earth.
I'm referring to victims of unnecessary "wars of aggression", and the victims which have been categorized as "legal" "big game", or "small game" targets. Sometimes the gunners don't seem to care which category they are shooting at. It's just an enjoyable "game" to them— as long as they can hide behind a bush, "out of harm's way".
It's just a "big game"
There's an old "practical joke" played on novice hunters in which they are taken on a "snipe" hunt to determine their current state of marksmanship— or gullibility. Of course, the new "hunter" never finds any "snipe", because in most cases any "snipe" would be imaginary, much like the armed "intruders" and "assailants" that are always on the threshold of entering the homes of arsenalists.
There is a wide-spread specie of long-billed wading bird known as a snipe, and their perfectly designed feather camouflage enables them to remain undetected by most hunters actually looking for them in marshland. When a snipe flies in its erratic flight pattern, shooters have difficulty estimating a correct aiming lead, thus making them almost impossible to hit, unless a person is an unusually skilled "sharp-shooter"—if one can be "sharp", or quick-witted, and a shooter at the same time. As the witticism asserts— he thinks he's a "wit", but he's only half right.
One does not need to shoot a single imaginary, or real snipe to become a real "sniper", which can be defined as somebody who shoots unsuspecting living targets, human or non-human, from a concealed position.
Often the targets are simply minding their own business in their own natural environments, but are shot under the presumption that they deserve to be killed for some unverified "reason"— which becomes even more unverifiable after they are slaughtered and can no longer be questioned. Or, if non-human, they are labeled as "fair game" because they made the mistake of being born as a "legal" target for shooters.
Paradoxically, the term "sniper" has become a title of special "honorization" in the military— although some seem to think that simply being "in" the military is reason enough to be "honorized" no matter what a "trooper" has accomplished— if anything. Contributing to the perpetuation of active warring does not qualify as "peace keeping".
It is impossible to be a true hero unless you are risking personal injury or death by openly confronting a dangerous enemy who is actively threatening or attacking an innocent victim. You are not a hero if you are defending only yourself against a personal attack, or participating in the self-protection of a heavily armed group, of which you are a part, which is on an offensive military mission to kill others labeled as "the enemy".
With modern telescopic sights, or "sniper scopes", and high velocity bullets it is not too difficult for a sniper to hide behind a safety barrier and calmly shoot at a live human or non-human target hundreds of feet away, who is walking around oblivious to the potential for having a large chunk of its body or brain blown away.
Non-military, "stay-at-home", wanna-be "snipers" hiding behind bushes— or wearing bushes— while "hunting" big or small "game", are not even hunters. Often they are nothing more than "squatters" in the homes of the creatures living in their natural GOD-given environments. They have become armed "intruders" and "assailants" that enjoy entering the homes of the creatures they shoot for "sport"— or for "recreation". Often, the big, brave "hunters" wait for the "game" to come to them, which sometimes flies over their heads on the way to their migration destinations.
Some "sniper hunters" take great pride in passing on their vast "knowledge" of how to "snipe hunt" to their sons, and grandsons, and even great-grandsons. What a heart-warming family tradition, blasting the living hearts out of unsuspecting deer, or elk, or moose, or caribou, or reindeer, or musk oxen, or bighorn sheep, or mountain goats, or bears, or boars.
But since such "great white hunters" never had, or wanted a chance to travel to "foreign" homelands to hunt for "terrorists", they have to settle for "head-hunting" in their own homelands hoping to "bag" a buck with the largest "hat rack" of antlers ever seen. Fortunately, some of the "big game" understand what can happen to them when they hear the "report" of a distant "hunting rifle" (an oxymoron term) and they make themselves "scarce" by hiding in a place of safety. Or is it the "hunters" that are making them scarce by hiding in a place of safety while killing them?
The ideology, or "idiotology" of private "arsenalism" does not begin and end with those individuals who are concerned primarily with their own SELF "defense" which some think necessitates the use of one or more "assault rifles". Arsenalism has always been expanded into an ideology of stinking SELFish offense against others who are imagined to be a "threat"— even if such individuals are essentially "minding their own business" within their own homelands.
Hyperbole, you say?— if you know what the word means. And if you don't— please look it up. But if you don't yet know the difference between sh*t and sh*nola in regard to the currently "raging" fire-arm debates about "American" gun control, or lack of control, please continue reading. You may learn something that will help you analyze the "polished t*rd" of "American Arsenalism".
If you don't yet know what I mean by "sh*t", or "sh*nola"— which would prove the validity of my premise that some don't— here's a hint. Sh*nola used to refer to a brand of polish that enhanced the appearance of the top of a shoe; or Army boot. The other substance was usually found embedded in the sole, raising a stink so someone would notice it and give it some undeserved attention.
There was valid reasoning behind the second of the Ten Amendments, or explanatory supplements added to the United States Constitution which was finally ratified in 1789 by the total of thirteen Colonies which were still in the process of being established.
After the "Declaration of Independence" from British control in 1776— which didn't end British control— the "independent", yet inter-dependent Colonies were "united" by a "Constitution" that attempted to define the common laws which some hoped would allow peaceful co-existence between the differing governing philosophies within each of the Colonies' growing immigrant populations.
It appears that the "officialized" statement defining the "constitution" or structure of the still developing "United States" government, or the defining foundational principles of its establishment, may have been "inspired" to some degree by GOD. If so, the intent would have been to facilitate progress toward a maturity of governmental philosophy that is still far from being the best that it could be because some can't see any need for improvement.
Regrettably, many who are currently "governing" are obstructionists attempting to avoid every reasonable behavioral control all must exhibit if a nation— or a World— of astonishing diversity hopes to establish peaceful co-existence between its citizens. Sadly, many want to continue acting like anti-social "juvenile delinquents"— SELF-centered bullies who can't be trusted to control themselves, let alone govern others with the welfare and ideological freedom of all in mind.
Some consider the threat, or exhibition of brute force to be the "first resort" during any type of conflict— especially in the realms of religion and politics. If another nation appears to base its governmental politics on a "foreign" religious viewpoint, perhaps a military assault on that nation and the overthrow of its overly "religious" politicians will make the World more peaceful— or perhaps not.
The ten ratified "amendments", or additions to the U.S. Constitution, which eventually became known as the Bill of Rights, were not intended to create previously non-existent, or unknown rights or freedoms.
Neither was it the intention of those attempting to "codify" several of their commonly-held ethical standards to create an eternal "gun license" allowing every U.S. citizen to keep and carry, or "bear" armaments of any size, shape, or form that might be designed and manufactured throughout the entire hoped-for future history of the still unofficial "United States of America"— or even just the thirteen Colonies which became the "United States", when the Constitution was ratified, or approved within each Colony, or "State".
This is a listing of the "Ten Amendments"— not to be confused with the Ten Commandments which were literally written, or engraved in stone by the laser-like finger of the God of Israel, and spoken with his most commanding voice to the generation of Israel which gave them a momentary consideration but decided not to "ratify" them, or obey them with any consistency throughout the rest of their written history.
1 Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the [Federal] Government for a redress of grievances [compensation for wrong-doing].
2 A well-regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free [self-governing, individual] State, the right of the people [of each individual State] to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed.
3 No soldier shall, in time of peace be quartered in any house, without the consent of the owner, nor in time of war, but [except] in a manner to be prescribed by law.
4 The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.
5 No person shall be held to answer for a capital, or otherwise infamous crime, unless on a presentment or indictment of a Grand Jury, except in cases arising in the land or naval forces, or in the Militia, when in actual service in time of war or public danger; nor shall any person be subject for the same offense to be twice put in jeopardy of life or limb; nor shall be compelled in any criminal case to be a witness against himself, nor be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor shall private property be taken for public use without just compensation.
6 In all criminal prosecutions, the accused shall enjoy the right to a speedy and public trial, by an impartial jury of the State and district wherein the crime shall have been committed, which district shall have been previously ascertained by law, and to be informed of the nature and cause of the accusation; to be confronted with the witnesses against him; to have compulsory process for obtaining witnesses in his favor, and to have the assistance of counsel for his defense.
7 In suits at common law, where the value in controversy shall exceed twenty dollars, the right of trial by jury shall be preserved, and no fact tried by a jury shall be otherwise re-examined in any court of the United States, than according to the rules of the common law.
8 Excessive bail shall not be required, nor excessive fines imposed, nor cruel and unusual punishments inflicted.
9 The enumeration in the Constitution, of certain rights, shall not be construed to deny or disparage others [other rights] retained by the people.
10 The powers not delegated to the United States [as individual "States"] by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it [the Constitution] to the [individual] States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people [living within each State].
Here are selections from some of the other ratified Amendments to the Constitution demonstrating the "inspired wisdom", and some of the non-inspired confusion of the authors. Remember:
In viewing any "scripture" which was written for future evaluation; if something makes no sense, it should either be updated to give it relevant usefulness, if needed; or it should be disregarded as irrelevant, useless nonsense.
Simply because a phrase is found in the Bible— or the Constitution— there is no reason to believe it should be viewed as "unalterable". The entire Bible is full of examples of the Angel of the LORD, known as the Lord God of Israel, altering his own viewpoint in regard to humanity. The seemingly simple words he engraved in stone as the foundational "Constitution" of Israel have been expanded with numerous explanatory refinements and refocusing of the original intent.
Amendment 14 Section 4
The validity of the public debt of the United States, authorized by law, including debts incurred for payment of pensions and bounties for services in suppressing insurrection or rebellion, shall not be questioned. But neither the United States [collectively] nor any[individual] State shall assume or pay any debt or obligation incurred in aid of insurrection or rebellion against the United States, or any claim for the loss or emancipation [freeing] of any slave. But all such debts, obligations and claims shall be held illegal and void.
(ratified February 3, 1913)
The Congress shall have power to lay and collect taxes on incomes, from whatever source derived, without apportionment among the several States, and without regard to any census or enumeration.
Amendment 18 (ratified January 16, 1919. Repealed December 5, 1933 with the ratification of Amendment 21)
After one year from the ratification of this article the manufacture, sale, or transportation of intoxicating liquors within, the importation thereof into, or the exportation thereof from the United States and all territory subject to the jurisdiction thereof for beverage purposes is hereby prohibited.
The Congress and all of the several States shall have concurrent power to enforce this article by appropriate legislation.
Proving that ratified Amendments to the Constitution are man-made and can be un-made (repealed), or altered, to "insure domestic tranquility" when unforeseen negative side-effects of an "Amendment" or other law are destroying domestic tranquility—
(Ratified December 5, 1933)
The eighteenth article of amendment to the Constitution of the United States is hereby repealed[in regard to the manufacture, sale, and transportation of intoxicating liquors within any State].
The transportation or importation into any State, Territory, or possession of the United States for delivery or use therein of intoxicating liquors, in violation of the laws thereof [as determined by each State], is hereby prohibited.
The second Amendment was never envisioned as a permanent, unalterable granting of perpetual permission to stockpile a private arsenal of armaments in preparation to repel an invasion by U.S. military forces sent by a "rogue" U.S. President to disarm all U.S. citizens.
The amendment did not prohibit personal arsenals of armaments, nor encourage it. That would have been unnecessary because no one could afford to acquire a personal arsenal. Even the States, as collective entities, had trouble providing guns to those in their Militias who couldn't afford to buy one.
When such "State"-owned guns were allowed to be taken home by those who took the involuntary Militia "draft" laws seriously and appeared for periodic "training", they were often "lost" (sold to the highest bidder) or ended up "rusting in peace-(time)", or in pieces under an outhouse. A musket without balls can only be used as a bludgeon—and they often were— without balls and used as bludgeons.
When the Second Amendment was written, most Colonists possessed nothing that resembled a "fire-arm", unless their shirt sleeve caught fire, and very few could afford to buy a manufactured musket even if one became available.
Early Colonists had no more need, or reason to shoot animals for food than any other human throughout human history has ever had a need, or reason to shoot animals for food. In many cases, it would have been incredibly stupid to attempt to shoot "big game", or even "small game" with what was being referred to as "arms" in the Second Amendment, which is why a bayonet was supposed to be attached in case a wounded opposition soldier— or a wounded boar (wild pig), or bear decided to take vengeance on "poor Johnny one-shot" while he was frantically trying to re-load his musket.
Shortly after the Declaration of Independence was signed, the next step was the creation of a preliminary agreement defining what would be acknowledged as the responsibilities of the self-governing States, and what would become the collective responsibilities of the fledgling Federal Government. The Articles of Confederation, completed in 1777 and finally ratified by all thirteen States in 1781, became the basis of the U.S. Constitution which replaced the Articles in 1789.
This was the "pre-Constitutional" thinking of the room-full of leaders crafting the Articles, in regard to each State's Militia. The Articles stated:
"No vessels of war [war-ships] shall be kept up in time of peace by any State, except such number only, as shall be deemed necessary by the United States in Congress assembled, for the defense of such State, or its trade; nor shall any body of forces be kept up by any State, in time of peace, except such number only, as in the judgment of the United States, in Congress assembled, shall be deemed requisite to garrison the forts necessary for the defense of such State; but every State shall always keep up a well regulated and disciplined Militia, sufficiently armed and accoutered, and shall provide and constantly have ready for use, in public stores, a due number of field pieces and tents, and a proper quantity of arms, ammunition and camp equipage."
The Preamble to the U.S. Constitution states, with great eloquence:
We the People of the United States, in order to form a more perfect union, establish justice, insure domestic tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general welfare, and secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.
Article 1 Section. 8
The Congress shall have power to lay and collect taxes, duties, imposts and excises, to pay the debts and provide for the common defense and general welfare of the United States; but all duties, imposts and excises shall be uniform throughout the United States;
To declare war, grant letters of marque [license to capture an enemy ship] and reprisal, and make rules concerning captures on land and water;
To raise and support Armies, but no appropriation of money to that use shall be for a longer term than two years; [Congress— have you ever read that?! Endless "off-Budget war funding" amounting to hundreds of billions of dollars is un-Constitutional!]
To provide and maintain a Navy;
To make rules for the government and regulation of the land and naval forces;
To provide for calling forth the Militia to execute the laws of the Union, suppress insurrections and repel invasions;
To provide for organizing, arming, and disciplining, the Militia, and for governing such part of them as may be employed in the service of the United States, reserving to the States respectively, the appointment of the officers, and the authority of training the Militia according to the discipline prescribed by Congress;
Article 1, Section 10
No State shall, without the consent of Congress, lay any duty of tonnage, keep troops, or ships of war in time of peace, enter into any agreement or compact with another State, or with a foreign power, or engage in war, unless actually invaded, or in such imminent danger as will not admit of delay
Article 2 Section. 2
The President shall be Commander in Chief of the Army and Navy of the United States, and of the Militia of the several States, when called into the actual service of the United States;
Three years after the Constitution became official, and a year after the Ten Amendments were ratified, the Uniform Militia Act of 1792 defined the concept, if not the reality, of the "well-regulated Militia", and especially what "arms" were authorized for use during periodic Militia training exercises, or the infrequent "actions" to maintain the security of each self-governing, or "free" State of the Union.
The Second Amendment of the Constitution states, with great ambiguity:
A well-regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a [or each] "free" [self-governing] State, the right of the people [primarily those who were supposed to be enrolled in a Militia] to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed. [so that those "free white males" who were enrolled in the State Militias would not have to travel unarmed to central "public stores of arms, ammunition and camp equipage" before traveling with other Militia members toward "the place of danger or scene of action" in which an armed Militia might be able to preserve order, or collectively defend the mostly unarmed Colonists who had little or no access to "armaments" of any kind.]
Militia Act of 1792 Section 1
Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That whenever the United States shall be invaded, or be in imminent danger of invasion from any foreign nation or Indian tribe, it shall be lawful for the President of the United States, to call forth such number of the Militia of the State or States most convenient to the place of danger or scene of action as he may judge necessary to repel such invasion, and to issue his orders for that purpose, to such officer or officers of the Militia as he shall think proper; and in case of an insurrection in any State, against the government thereof, it shall be lawful for the President of the United States, on application of the legislature of such State, or of the executive (when the legislature cannot be convened) to call forth such number of the Militia of any other State or States, as may be applied for, or as he may judge sufficient to suppress such insurrection.
The Militia Act of 1792 was amended and superseded by the Militia Act of 1795 which is excerpted below.
Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America, in Congress assembled, That each and every free [non-slave] able-bodied white male citizen of the respective States, resident therein, who is or shall be of age of eighteen years, and under the age of forty-five years (except as is herein after excepted) shall severally and respectively be enrolled in the Militia, by the Captain or Commanding Officer of the company, within whose bounds such citizen shall reside, and that within twelve months after the passing of this Act. And it shall at all time hereafter be the duty of every such Captain or Commanding Officer of a company, to enroll every such citizen as aforesaid, and also those who shall, from time to time, arrive at the age of 18 years, or being at the age of 18 years, and under the age of 45 years (except as before excepted) shall come to reside within his bounds; and shall without delay notify such citizen of the said enrollment, by the proper non-commissioned Officer of the company, by whom such notice may be proved. That every citizen, so enrolled and notified, shall, within six months thereafter, provide himself with a good musket or firelock, a sufficient bayonet and belt, two spare flints, and a knapsack, a pouch, with a box therein, to contain not less than twenty four cartridges, suited to the bore of his musket or firelock, each cartridge to contain a proper quantity of powder and ball; or with a good rifle, knapsack, shot-pouch, and powder-horn, twenty balls suited to the bore of his rifle, and a quarter of a pound of powder; and shall appear so armed, accoutered and provided, when called out to exercise or into service, except, that when called out on company days to exercise only, he may appear without a knapsack. That the commissioned Officers shall severally be armed with a sword or hanger, and espontoon [long club]; and that from and after five years from the passing of this Act, all muskets from arming the Militia as is herein required, shall be of bores sufficient for balls of the eighteenth part of a pound; and every citizen so enrolled, and providing himself with the arms, ammunition and accoutrements, required as aforesaid, shall hold the same exempted from all suits, distresses, executions or sales, for debt or for the payment of taxes.
And be it further enacted, That within one year after the passing of the Act, the Militia of the respective States shall be arranged into divisions, brigades, regiments, battalions, and companies, as the legislature of each State shall direct; and each division, brigade, and regiment, shall be numbered at the formation thereof; and a record made of such numbers of the Adjutant-General's office in the State; and when in the field, or in service in the State, such division, brigade, and regiment shall, respectively, take rank according to their numbers, reckoning the first and lowest number highest in rank. That if the same be convenient, each brigade shall consist of four regiments; each regiment or two battalions; each battalion of five companies; each company of sixty-four privates. That the said Militia shall be officered by the respective States, as follows: To each division one major-general, with two aids-de-camp, with the rank of major; to each brigade, one brigadier-major, with the rank of a major; to each company, one captain, one lieutenant, one ensign, four sergeants, four corporals, one drummer, and one fifer and bugler. That there shall be a regimental staff, to consist of one adjutant, and one quartermaster, to rank as lieutenants; one paymaster; one surgeon, and one surgeon's mate; one sergeant-major; one drum- major, and one fife-major.
And be it further enacted, That out of the Militia enrolled as is herein directed, there shall be formed for each battalion, as least one company of grenadiers, light infantry or riflemen; and that each division there shall be, at least, one company of artillery, and one troop of horse: There shall be to each company of artillery, one captain, two lieutenants, four sergeants, four corporals, six gunners, six bombardiers, one drummer, and one fifer. The officers to be armed with a sword or hanger, a fusee, bayonet and belt, with a cartridge box to contain twelve cartridges; and each private of matoss shall furnish themselves with good horses of at least fourteen hands and an half high, and to be armed with a sword and pair of pistols, the holsters of which to be covered with bearskin caps. Each dragoon to furnish himself with a serviceable horse, at least fourteen hands and an half high, a good saddle, bridle, mail-pillion and valise, holster, and a best plate and crupper, a pair of boots and spurs; a pair of pistols, a sabre, and a cartouchbox to contain twelve cartridges for pistols. That each company of artillery and troop of house shall be formed of volunteers from the brigade, at the discretion of the Commander in Chief of the State, not exceeding one company of each to a regiment, nor more in number than one eleventh part of the infantry, and shall be uniformly clothed in raiments, to be furnished at their expense, the color and fashion to be determined by the Brigadier commanding the brigade to which they belong.
And be it further enacted, That each battalion and regiment shall be provided with the State and regimental colors by the Field-Officers, and each company with a drum and fife or bugle-horn, by the commissioned officers of the company, in such manner as the legislature of the respective States shall direct.
And be it further enacted, That there shall be an adjutant general appointed in each State, whose duty it shall be to distribute all orders for the Commander in Chief of the State to the several corps; to attend all public reviews, when the Commander in Chief of the State shall review the Militia, or any part thereof; to obey all orders from him relative to carrying into execution, and perfecting, the system of military discipline established by this Act; to furnish blank forms of different returns that may be required; and to explain the principles of which they should be made; to receive from the several officers of the different corps throughout the State, returns of the Militia under their command, reporting the actual situation of their arms, accoutrements, and ammunition, their delinquencies, and every other thing which relates to the general advancement of good order and discipline: All which, the several officers of the division, brigades, regiments, and battalions are hereby required to make in the usual manner, so that the said adjutant general may be duly furnished therewith: From all which returns be shall make proper abstracts, and by the same annually before the Commander in Chief of the State.
And be it further enacted, That the rules of discipline, approved and established by Congress, in their resolution of the twenty-ninth of March, 1779, shall be the rules of discipline so be observed by the Militia throughout the United States, except such deviations from the said rules, as may be rendered necessary by the requisitions of the Act, or by some other unavoidable circumstances. It shall be the duty of the Commanding Officer as every muster, whether by battalion, regiment, or single company, to cause the Militia to be exercised and trained, agreeably to the said rules of said discipline.
And be it further enacted That if any person whether officer or soldier, belonging to the Militia of any State, and called out into the service of the United States, be wounded or disabled, while in actual service, he shall be taken care of and provided for at the public expense.
Note: Section 9 does not apply to self-appointed "minute militia-men" protecting only themselves and their arsenals at home against invasion by U.S. Military assault forces sent to take away their guns and ammo so the assault forces will have enough fire-power to invade, plunder, and pillage the next home-arsenal; and the next; and the next; until all the guns are gone— making the nation defenseless— if you don't count the U.S. Military assault forces which will have recently acquired possession of hundreds of millions of new semi-automatic assault rifles and other fancy guns that were supposed to repel the invading U.S. Military assault forces.
Section 10 [revised to read:]
And be it further enacted, That the act, intitled "Act to provide for calling forth the Militia, to execute the laws of Union, suppress insurrections, and repel invasions," passed the second day of May one thousand seven hundred and ninety-two, shall be, and the same is hereby repealed [and replaced by the Militia Act of 1795].
Even after considerable standardization of the design of what became known as a "rifle", rather than a "musket", or "firelock", the so-called "minute-men" who had maximum access to the "firing accoutrements", and the youngest eyes, could barely hit the "broad side of a barn", although they probably hit the "broad side" of many poor horses, cows, pigs, and other creatures that got in the way of their stray bullets.
The term "bullets" is derived from "ballettes", meaning "small balls"— not to be confused with "ballets" performed by men wearing leotards who dance on their toes; which could be confused with the minute-men wearing skin-tight pants who were always "on their toes" being careful not to get "hoisted" or blown-up by their own "petard", the small explosive charges used with their small balls and muskets.
The Militia musketeers were required by the Militia Act of 1795 to ensure that the length and bores of their muskets were appropriate for the size of their small balls, "boullettes", or "bullets".
"from and after five years from the passing of this Act, all muskets from arming the Militia as is herein required, shall be of bores sufficient for balls of the eighteenth part of a pound; and every citizen so enrolled, and providing himself with the arms, ammunition and accoutrements . . .
When they weren't satisfied by just "shooting their wads", or their "ram-rods" when they forgot to remove one after using it to ram a wad down the barrel, they would sometimes get to have a "ball", but were often accused of wasting ammunition if they ever got a chance to practice, or "exercise" their shooting acumen. And their lack of skill continually demonstrated to the "King's troops" that they weren't to be feared because of their marksmanship— if anything else.
Mosquitoes ("muskeeters") are far deadlier with their perfectly designed capability of administering viral injections than Colonial musketeers ever hoped to be with their self-endangering, smoky, single-shot guns.
And the wasting of expensive ammunition by rarely hitting what is being shot at, or shooting blindly in the direction of distant gun-fire, supposedly from the enemy, has continued to be a problem for the armed forces of those nations throughout history who have claimed to be the greatest military power on Earth, and attempted to prove it by invading and attacking "under-developed" nations, with "inferior" defense capabilities which are then used by those protecting their homelands to "wear-down" the invaders over as many years as is necessary, while the invaders prove that their "great military power" is mostly bluff and blunder.
In "ancient" and "not so ancient" history, it was possible for some well-established "standing armies" to march through village after village without fearing an immediate, effective defensive response, while killing those tribal leaders who would not co-operate with a forced "regime change".
In recent history, since the introduction of flying bombers, long-range missiles, and rocket-propelled bombs, after the first unexpected bombing of "military" and civilian infrastructure has been completed to begin an offensive assault, the "defensive advantage" begins to be activated by those trying to defend their homelands from inside their homelands— which are usually the only defensible grounds from which one can defend one's own home, land, or self.
Often the "defensive advantage" held by those being attacked, whether the advantage is deserved or not, is that invaders are usually "far from home"; depressed because they realize they were sent to risk their lives and limbs to accomplish the killing and destruction of someone else's "political enemy"; with little comfort being derived from those "back home" who feel obligated to continually "heroize" them no matter how little they are accomplishing
In "olden times" only stupid commanders would continue to command their troops to try to fight wars during frigid and icy months. It was "easier", or more sensible to send troops to fight during periods when fresh food was growing near the "battle field" or had recently been harvested. But successful "modern" warfare doesn't require any common sense strategy, or "brain-power"— just superior fire-power.
Of course, that's not entirely true— but millions of soldiers have suffered immeasurably because their "brilliant commanders" treated them like machines, starting unending wars in which adverse weather continued to fight them while the "locals" could literally go home after a day of fighting to recoup and wait to fight another day.
Of course, most wars involving military armaments are not fought against invading armies near one's own home. That statement of truth may come as a surprise to those arsenalists who have been stockpiling military style weapons in and around their homes for decades because they are certain that they will soon have to defend their arsenals from those "Socialists" in the United States government who are preparing to order the United States Armed Forces to disarm them by confiscating their arsenals.
Ironically, in 1775, the famous Paul Revere was attempting to round up as many local "armed" minute-men as he could to prevent British troops from securing a munitions (weapons) and ammunition storage area in Concord, Massachusetts which had been established by the "royal authorities" as preparation for the defense of the Colonists against American Indian threats. The minute-men believed they could defend themselves better than those trained to do it if they could confiscate and distribute the weapons and ammunition paid for by the King to maintain British control throughout the Colonies.
Many Americans have no faith in the ability of local law enforcement officers to protect them or their property from real, or even imagined enemies— especially imagined enemies. They apparently have no trust in the ability or willingness of local police to respond quickly to a call for help without risking having themselves, or someone living in the home arrested as the cause of the trouble. They may have good reason to think that— especially if it has happened before.
Many in America have no faith in the ability of the well-regulated U.S. Military to defend them against foreign terrorists, or foreign military invasions. What would give them that idea??? Haven't all of the terrorists (and their families) been "droned" to death yet? Apparently, the more "droning" proliferates, the more potential "targets" there are to "drone"— a vicious cycle that can only be stopped by the "droners".
Some "great, great American patriots" have no faith in the ability of the well-regulated U.S. Military to defend them against a U.S. Military invasion of America— or at least a military invasion of their home to search for the arsenal they have "hidden" in their attic. Be careful that the early July heat in your attic doesn't ignite your ammo stash. You could be seeing the rockets' red glare and bombs bursting in air inside your bedroom as you try to protect your loved one by wrapping yourself in your American flag.
The "well-regulated Militia" described in great detail in the Militia Act of 1795 (which repealed the Militia Act of 1792) evolved to become known as the U.S. National Guard in 1903. A well-trained, highly mobile, on-call "military force" was supposed to be available within the United States to actually guard the nation from within, in the event that most of the full-time forces were occupied outside of the nation where they could not defend their "homeland", their homes, or their families.
Sadly, while multitudes of full-time volunteer troops spend their time "occupying" bases in numerous nations which have not been a threat to America for decades, many young, and not-so-young men and women who signed a contract to participate in the National Guard near their homes on a part-time basis, and to be prepared to help during natural disasters or when there is insufficient local law-enforcement, have been sent onto active battlefields in nations half-way around the World thus making it impossible for them to guard their own nation— nor the one they are sent to.
For some "strange" reason, many arsenalists support every possible use of the Military far, far away in other nations, as long as they themselves don't have to participate in, or help pay for the over-seas "actions" they support. Oh, how they "envy" those who get to use the latest "automatic" weaponry on real "bad guys" and other assorted "foreign evil-doers" instead of having to laboriously pull the trigger so many times in an effort to shoot their semi-automatic "assault rifles" at paper targets with "human head" silhouettes on them; or local wildlife, like jack-rabbits, ducks, deer, or trespassing intruders.
And why even have the National Guard living inside the nation? If they are allowed to train and to carry weapons inside of America they might be "called-out" to confiscate the weapons of every "true patriot" who has never had a reason to consider guarding any part of this nation other than the land on which he preserves and protects his own private arsenal. The intensity of one's patriotism is not determined by the number of guns in one's private arsenal.
"America" has become more and more, a nation of home-fortresses bristling with the latest models of semi-automatic "machine" guns (all guns are machines) which give some slight comfort to those who believe that the only way they can assure that they will be able to defend their homes, family, and themselves— not necessarily in that order, is to learn to fire an "assault rifle" (or "semi-automatic submachine-gun") with each hand and with each foot simultaneously.
What if we had eight "hands" like an octopus—with "suction cups" on our "wrists" to hold eight semi-automatic weapons at the same time? We could become invincible "one-man" armies never needing "extra protection", except when confronting "eight-arm bandits" who also had eight "hands", each one holding an "assault rifle" as if it was a "hand-gun".
Or what if our feet were more like hands, such as those possessed by certain creatures that act like they are almost human— or is it some humans who are acting like they are almost them? In fact, those arsenalists who believe in "mutationism" might want to get busy re-evolving a prehensile tail, or "fifth hand" with which they could simultaneously pull the trigger rapidly on a fifth weapon to ensure their own survival. Of course, they wouldn't need to evolve any additional eyes, since most arsenalists don’t seem to want to see where each of their bullets "ends up".
Do any of them consider that the fusillade of bullets they hope to fire into the head of an imagined burglar will probably miss the imagined burglar "by a mile", though everyone within the mile or two range of each high velocity bullet will be in danger of severe injury or death, including one's own children, or wife, or pets— not necessarily in that order.
Many varieties of bullet are capable of high speed travel half-way across town, even when shot "straight up", finally "coming out of nowhere" after being shot into the air by a thoughtless "celebrator" with minimal cerebral function, yet "going into somewhere" with grave consequences, such as the cerebellum of an innocent bystander who may never know what hit him.
Some have such faith in the ability of their guns to defend them that they have crossed the line of possessing guns and have become virtually "possessed" by the imagined powers of their guns. They are devoted to the care and protection of their guns in the exact same manner that countless millions throughout human history have been devoted to their choice of idols which have been made in the form of every imaginable "creature". Often the form of the idol was similar to the form of the source of possible peril from which the idol supposedly provided protection.
Countless millions around the World are religiously devoted to the acquisition, care, protection, and adoration of 'doll-sized images of "creatures" or "saints" that are believed to have power to protect their worshippers and boost their worshippers' personal power over the "evils" in the World.
Of course, faith in idols, ceramic or plastic statuettes of "saints", or guns can not protect anyone from imaginary "enemies", or the "impending doom and gloom" fantasies that continually darken the minds of those who imagine their lives are continually in peril and that additional idols, images of "saints", or guns will give them greater protection from whatever it is out there that is planning to harm them. You can't kill a fantasized assailant with a real gun— only with a fantasized gun.
Nevertheless, the arsenalists' hostile and defensive attitude toward all imagined enemies of "gun ownership" can create real adversaries who reasonably fear and want to avoid, or even isolate potentially dangerous arsenalists, or fanatical "gun hoarders".
And if a belligerent "gun hoarder" must be restrained by civil law enforcement officers, because he has become a threat to the safety of others, the guns he thought would save him may become his own worst enemy, enabling him to instantly kill someone who "disrespects" his precious gun-gods.
Or more likely, he will kill himself by the fire-power of one of his gun-gods when he realizes his sense of invincibility has always been an unproven fantasy and he won't be able to cope with the real World without dependency on his gun-god religion.
No idols, or "voodoo 'dols", or guns can harm others simply by existing. But some trouble-making humans attempt to gain control over others by threatening those who know and fear what has been done by humans in the presence of idols and guns in the past; the trouble-makers saying the same could happen again without surrender to their will.
And those threatened, or their "allies", sometimes attempt to protect themselves, or their "allies", in wildly inappropriate ways— such as with pre-emptive strikes, or even military assaults that might destroy those who were making the "idle threats"— but also all around them who weren't— once again adding another layer of mystical and mythical power to guns and other manufactured "gods" that have no inherent power to do harm without being controlled by external forces.
In traditional Hebrew scripture, we see continual efforts by the God of Israel and his prophets to rid Israel of the physical idols that pervaded the nation throughout its early history. The God of Israel made it clear that he knew the idols themselves were nothing but man-made conceptualizations of the very real spirit gods, or alienated angels that were receiving and enjoying whatever human worship was being directed toward the inanimate idols.
The enjoyment the devils received was based on their success in causing so many Israelites to completely ignore the Angel of the LORD, GOD who was supposed to be "their God" and source of national and personal protection. Because the Angel of the LORD did not have permission from GOD, the Unlimited to restrain the devils that continually interfered with his plans for Israel, the only alternative he could apply without destroying Israel was to periodically encourage the eradication of the physical idols that were thought to have supernatural protective power, and power to provide "blessings"— or at least minimize "curses" in daily life.
Thus a pattern and principle of behavior improvement was established by GOD, several thousand years ago. It is beneficial to limit human access to certain material objects that are able to "encourage" their own proliferation because they are being wrongly credited with inherent God-like power to protect, preserve, and extend life. The reality is, idols have often been the root cause of battles fought to determine who's "god" was superior. But the GOD who is superior is the GOD who will establish the Knowledge of Peace around the Globe—as the waters cover the Seas.
One of the most important goals on his agenda for establishing peaceful co-existence between all of the re-newed and highly diverse nations that will encircle the Globe will be to order the conversion of any remaining implements of destructive war into implements of creative production.
But the gradual elimination of guns and other offensive armaments will not create genuine peace. It can only reduce the frequency and intensity of wars. True World Peace will begin to be created when people are no longer allowed to fill their minds with the "knowledge" of war based on fear, hostility, and an arrogant attitude of national or personal "armament supremicism".
"Assault guns" are not nearly as potentially dangerous as "assault minds". But if the two are continually allowed to come together without controls, it can cause a nation to "come apart".
If you support a religion or government that promotes combative restructuring of everyone else's life choices but your own, you are not on a path that leads to the entrance into the soon-coming Kingdom of GOD.
No current nation is "supreme" in GOD's opinion. And no future nation will ever be "supreme" within the global Kingdom of GOD which will be established by the Messiah/Christ as prophesied throughout traditional Messianic/Christian scriptures from Genesis to Revelation.
No human being should ever consider himself a "supreme being". Yahshua, while living through the human phase of his Messiah-ship, made it clear that he did not consider himself to be a "supreme being" and that "his GOD" was the only true GOD, even though he had been authorized by his GOD to use His name and represent himself as the God of Israel, though he was obviously very limited in many aspects of his authority; never being remotely close to being equal to GOD, the Unlimited.
Even after returning to GOD, the Father in Heaven and having his former supernatural glory and powers returned to him, he continued to refer to GOD as "my GOD", even though he had been empowered to personify the LORD GOD as a singular being in whatever form he chose to manifest as the Angel of the LORD GOD.
The future "Supreme Court" of the Millennial Kingdom of GOD, will be ruled by Yahshua, the Messiah/Christ, as the "Chief of Justice". His ruling on lethal-weapon control has already been revealed and has remained on the record for 2,000 years. It will be fully implemented around the World by those chosen by GOD, the Father to "sit" on the "Supreme Court of World-Wide Justice"— and they will be honored by all, as worthy of worship for their enforcement of the transformation of implements of violence and destruction into implements of peace and restoration.
Some on Earth are already attempting to live by the ideals of personal behavior control established, practiced, and preached by Yahshua while he was living his human life in the First Century, A.D. But millions who think they epitomize Christian behavior, completely ignore Yahshua's extensive teaching about the use and abuse of "SELF-defense", while testing their offensive assault capabilities by killing or maiming unsuspecting animals that have little or no GOD-given self-defense against man-made bullets.
During the few years of the End-Time, there will be an innumerable multitude of individuals spreading the Gospel of the soon-coming Kingdom of GOD around the World while they are being threatened with perils and assaults from humans, and devil-possessed humans that even the craziest of "arsenalists" would be unable to imagine. But they are advised not to attempt to interfere with the fulfillment of numerous prophecies throughout traditional Messianic and Christian scriptures.
Many of those individuals will be resurrected for a short-term continuation of their first and only human life— as was Lazarus, and many other First Century believers immediately after Yahshua's resurrection to immortality— so they can act as historical eye-witnesses, not only of what happened in the First Century, but what will be happening after the postponed End-Time is re-started.
The End-Time warnings and promises made to them in the First Century will finally become relevant as they are enabled to finalize their first and only human life, and qualify for the greater rewards that will be given to the faithful martyrs who resist the Beast, and Satan. That may seem too complicated to understand; but you will understand it if you live to see it.
After the End-Time begins, it will not be the responsibility of any believer to "take up arms" in defense of themselves; what's left of their own nation; or what's left of the rest of the World, during this period. What happens will be allowed by GOD for reasons elaborated in other Presentations that are still available on the Xrayzr Revelations website and are included in the book— Xrayzr Revelations Previews of the Beginning of the End-Time.
GOD is not an opponent of self-defense for humans, or any other creature He has created. He has conceived, designed, and perfected countless forms of lethal, and non-lethal self-defense "mechanisms" and components which He has incorporated within the bodies and minds of most physical species— and He is fully capable of providing supernatural "fire-power" if it is necessary for the protection of those humans who will be fulfilling His promises to "increase knowledge" of the Kingdom of GOD during the End-Time.
There will be a time when the definition of "Supreme Being" will be vastly expanded beyond the only One who truly is one now. A future Presentation will explain the expansion. But no person who is still human will qualify to enter that future realm of existence unless he or she has begun to understand and practice the principles that promote peaceful reform in all areas of human thought and behavior—especially in the realms of religion and government.