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January 22, 2013 / dcwisdom

Lessons of History

As a young student, I made my worst grades in history.  Never could pull off any grade but C’s, and in college D’s.  I couldn’t connect names, dates, places, wars, politics, and cultures, and truthfully, history bored me.  Not until (well into my 30’s) I studied a Diana Waring history lesson with a Biblical timeline did I understand the puzzle.  As a Christian believer and a Bible student for many years, I came to appreciate history from the Jewish perspective and how secular history fits into the Jewish timeline.  That’s how my love of history began and why I now think differently about not only historical facts and stories but also current events.  Thank you, Diana Waring.

Last year with my college transcript lacking a course in Texas government, I studied under a devil-may-care, ex-military professor and history extraordinaire who recommended a couple of non-fiction books for me to read after I recommended a couple of my favorites to him.  His favorite history story, he said, was the Battle of Wounded Knee.   Today, someone emailed a story recap, including a current event lesson.  The author is unknown.

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December 29, 2012 marked the 122nd Anniversary of the murder of 297
Sioux Indians at Wounded Knee Creek on the Pine Ridge Indian
Reservation in South Dakota. These 297 people, in their winter camp,
were murdered by federal agents and members of the 7th Cavalry who had
come to confiscate their firearms “for their own safety and
protection”. The slaughter began AFTER the majority of the Sioux had
peacefully turned in their firearms. When the final round had flown,
of the 297 dead or dying, two thirds (200) were women and children.

Around 40 members of the 7th Cavalry were killed, over half cut down
by friendly fire from the Hotchkiss guns of their overzealous
comrades-in-arms. Twenty members of the 7th Cavalry were deemed
“National Heroes” and awarded the Medal of Honor for their acts of
cowardice.

We do not hear of Wounded Knee today. It is not mentioned in our
history classes or books. What little does exist about Wounded Knee is
normally the sanitized “Official Government Explanation” or the
historically and factually inaccurate depictions of the events leading
up to the massacre on the movie screen.

Wounded Knee was among the first federally backed gun confiscation
attempts in United States history. It ended in the senseless murder of
297 people.

Before you jump on the emotionally charged bandwagon for gun-control,
take a moment to reflect on the real purpose of the Second Amendment-
The right of the people to take up arms in defense of themselves,
their families, and property in the face of invading armies or an
oppressive government. The argument that the Second Amendment only
applies to hunting and target shooting is asinine. When the United
States Constitution was drafted “hunting” was an everyday chore
carried out by men and women to put meat on the table each night, and
“target shooting” was an unheard of concept, musket balls were a
precious commodity in the wilds of early America, and were certainly
not wasted “target shooting”. The Second Amendment was written by
people who fled oppressive and tyrannical regimes in Europe, and
refers to the right of American citizens to be armed for defense
purposes should such tyranny rise in the United States.

As time goes on the average citizen in the United States continues to
lose personal freedom or “liberty”. Far too many times unjust bills
are passed and signed into law under the guise of “for your safety” or
“for protection”. The Patriot Act signed into law by G.W. Bush, then
expanded and continued by Barack Obama is just one of many examples of
American citizens being stripped of their rights and privacy for
“safety”. Now, the Right to Keep and Bear Arms is on the table, and
will, most likely be taken away for “our safety”.

Before any American citizen blindly accepts whatever new firearms
legislation that is about to be doled out, they should stop and think
about something for just one minute-
Evil does exist in our world. It always has and always will.
Throughout history evil people have committed evil acts. In the Bible
one of the first stories is that of Cain killing Abel. We cannot
legislate “evil” into extinction. Good people will abide by the law,
defective people will always find a way around it.

And another thought. Evil exists all around us, but looking back at
the historical record of the past 200 years across the globe, where is
“evil” and “malevolence” most often found? In the hands of those with
the power- governments. That greatest human tragedies on record and
the largest loss of innocent human life can be attributed to
governments. Who do governments target? “Scapegoats” and “enemies”
within their own borders…but only after they have been disarmed to the
point where they are no longer a threat. Ask any Native American, and
they will tell you it was inferior technology and lack of arms that
contributed to their demise. Ask any Armenian why it was so easy for
the Turks to exterminate millions of them, and they will answer “We
were disarmed before it happened”. Ask any Jew what Hitler’s first
step prior to the mass murders of the Holocaust was- confiscation of
firearms from the people.

Wounded Knee is the prime example of why the Second Amendment exists,
and why we shouldn’t be in such a hurry to surrender our Right to Bear
Arms. Without the Second Amendment we have no right to defend
ourselves and our families.

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Many of you cannot be persuaded to consider the above argument for the Second Amendment, your God-given right to protect yourselves, your loved ones, your possessions, and if need be, your neighbors.  Your mind is closed to any opinion which differs from that  (your political god’s rhetoric?) which swept you into a mindless, thoughtless (shut up, Debbie, you’re intruding into my personal space and meditation.  Hummmmmm…) abyss.  Perhaps in the future you will become aware of how debilitating and devastating it is for any nation to blindly follow its government.

One…Two…Three…*snap* Open your eyes.

Peace and love.  Pray for the peace of Jerusalem.  God bless Israel.  God help America and have mercy on her.

 

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2 Comments

  1. tanna / Jan 23 2013 6:17 AM

    While random acts of violence have claimed many lives, the greatest atrocities against man have been commited by “governing” bodies. We cannot legislate the heart of a person to stop thos random acts, but we can resist a government’s attempt to take control of our lives.

    • dcwisdom / Jan 23 2013 9:40 PM

      Yes. Tanna, thanks for your wisdom.

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