The 2nd Amendment Chronicles – Vol. 1

The First Recorded Instance of Gun Control

At first blush, this might appear to be a Biblical lesson; I can assure you, it’s not. It is however a life principle based on a Biblical example.

To my knowledge the following information documents the first historical incidence of gun control. Okay, it might be more correct to refer to it as weapons’ control, but the idea is the same.

The Israelites were in constant conflict with the nearby Philistines. In fact, the Philistines had enjoyed quite a bit of success in oppressing and keeping the Israelites under the thumb. At this time, the newly crowned king Saul, and his son Jonathan, were about to lead the Israelites up against the Philistines in battle. In the Old Testament First Book of Samuel, we read this account in chapter 13 and verses 19 through 22:

19 – Now there was no smith found throughout all the land of Israel: for the Philistines said, Lest the Hebrews make them swords or spears:

20 – But all the Israelites went down to the Philistines, to sharpen every man his share, and his coulter, and his axe, and his mattock.

21 – Yet they had a file for the mattocks, and for the coulters, and for the forks, and for the axes, and to sharpen the goads.

22 – So it came to pass in the day of battle, that there was neither sword nor spear found in the hand of any of the people that were with Saul and Jonathan: but with Saul and with Jonathan his son was there found.

The Philistines had figured out, as many leaders have in modern times, how to keep the people down; remove their weapons. In fact, the Philistines went so far as to remove even the tools needed to make and keep agricultural implements sharp lest the Israelites turn those tools to manufacture weapons. But we see, in verse 21, that the Israelites had found work-arounds to the restrictions imposed by the Philistines against having the tools needed to sharpen their farming implements.. Thus, they had the ability to sharpen Implements they had into something akin to a deadly weapon.

In the end, the Israelites were successful, under the leadership of Saul and Jonathan, in throwing off the reins of their Philistine overlords, and so ended the first record incidence of weapons’ control.

Subsequent peoples have not been so fortunate or as successful at resistance as the Israelites. Most recently, the Soviets and the ChiComs successfully eliminated tens of millions of their own people and the Nazis were close behind. Other minor tyrants achieved similar results, albeit, on a smaller scale.

Is it sinking in yet? Can anyone question the motives of America’s Founders in attempting to keep the American people from ever being disarmed by their own government? The 2nd Amendment is not a government provided right to hunt, with muskets, it is a restriction on the government from ever interfering in the God-given right of the American people from keeping and bearing arms – “Shall Not Be Infringed,” no ifs, ands, or buts. It is not a suggestion to be put aside when other circumstances seem to dictate, nor does it have any caveats. It is a clear mandate that the government stay out of our business.

Published by Paul J DiBartolo

I'm the Most Rational Man in the World.

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