“Mr. Editor, Is The 2nd Amendment Real?”

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Seeing as we have now entered the Christmas season I am reminded of a story some 116 years ago when an 8 year old girl named Virginia wrote to the editor of The (New York) Sun and asked him if there was a Santa Claus. She asked because her intelligentsia little friends were telling her that he did not exist. Because THEY didn’t believe in Santa they were intent on forcing other people not to believe either.

The editor, Francis Church’s, response in the affirmative that there was a Santa Claus was as poetic as it was truthful and it can be read in it’s entirety here.

Nowadays though, there are other groups of smarmy pseudo intellectuals who try to hijack the public consciousness and claim that there is no 2nd Amendment, that if there ever was one, it no longer exists because it is no longer needed.

To all those people, and with respect to Francis Church I present my version of his reply:

Yes Virginia, There IS a Second Amendment

Virginia, your little friends are wrong. They have been affected by the skepticism of a skeptical age. They do not believe in defending themselves except what protection they can get from the government. They think that nothing should be allowed that is not comprehensible in their little minds. In this great country of ours a true American is a lion at heart, as industrious as an ant, with the knowledge and intellect to see what the founding fathers envisioned for this land.

Yes, Virginia, there is a Second Amendment. It exists as certainly as freedom and liberty exist and you know that they abound and give to your life its highest beauty and joy. Alas, how dreary would this country be if there were no Second Amendment guaranteeing liberty? It would be as dreary as if there were no patriots. There would be no recourse, no defense, no protection from the intolerable existence of tyranny. We would have no freedom except in what the government would allow us. The external light, that this country has shone out to the world would be extinguished.

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