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image of Niccolo Machiavelli It is not reasonable to suppose that one who is armed will obey willingly one who is unarmed; or that any unarmed man will remain safe among armed servants. Quote by Niccolo Machiavelli.


If you think defending the essential human rights of your fellow citizens, including the right of children not to be murdered with machetes, thrown into gas chambers, down wells or onto fires is not worth fighting for then what would you fight for? We find the idea of using deadly force against human beings abhorrent as we are all God's children, but the greater evil is to do nothing while people commit evil acts against defenseless innocents. Unless Good Samaritans are willing and able to take up arms they may not be in a position to deter such evil, increasing the chances that crimes against humanity will occur.


Characterizing people who wish to join a nation's armed forces as extremists strikes us as a little extreme. No doubt a few extremists join police, army and militia organizations, but they are a tiny minority that do not represent the true face of these organizations. A tiny minority of self-described Christians blow up abortion clinics, but it would be wrong to condemn Christianity and Christians because of the actions of a few misfits who do not represent the ideals of the group to which they claim to belong. People who take up arms in defense of our essential human rights are Good Samaritans, not extremists.


Anti-gun groups (often run by pacifists or closet fascists) heap ridicule upon anyone who suggests that civilians armed with small arms offer any kind of credible deterrent to tyranny, but if millions of ordinary people are armed with rifles suited to military use we believe they pose a very effective deterrent to tyranny, especially if members of an organized military force like a Home Guard style militia, a fact acknowledged by the actions of numerous prospective tyrants who went to great lengths to disarm their victims and the general population before ending democracy, for reasons that are all too obvious.


Statistically gun ownership is a low risk activity. So long as firearms are properly handled and stored the risk is negligible. Most gun deaths are suicides, which can be a substantial number of people each year in nations with high gun ownership rates, but a United Nations study (E/CN.15/1997/4) found no correlation between a nation's gun density rate and murder or suicide rates. Firearm ownership and being a member of your nation's armed forces via a Home Guard style militia is not a risk free activity (especially without government approval), but some risks are worth bearing for the greater public good.


One needs to realize that history does not stop and events have a way of repeating themselves due to traits inherent to human beings. One needs to think on the scale of centuries and millennium, not years or even decades. One then finds certain patterns emerge, namely the tendency of elites to centralize power to shore up their position in society. It is perfectly natural to empower oneself, but putting one's self-interest above the public interest can damage society - a common phenomenon among elites who wish to disempower (hence disarm) people who have lower status than themselves.


In a democracy legitimate power stems from the people, not an elite in the form of politicians, clerics, aristocrats or the rich. Thus is follows that the people should reserve the power of the sword to protect their essential rights as a last resort, which will in most instances serve to deter tyranny and atrocities. History is littered with the corpses of failed democracies and minorities who were subsequently killed as a result of the centralization of power into the hands of an unaccountable minority controlling government. Civilian disarmament endangers life and liberty by removing an important deterrent to tyranny.


Some soldiers prefer not to fight if outnumbered or are the very people committing the genocide. At Srebrenica in 1995 Dutch peacekeepers handed over more than 7,000 Muslim men and boys they were supposed to be protecting to Serb troops who promptly murdered them. That year Australian soldiers (armed medical detachment) stood by as Tutsi soldiers murdered thousands of Hutu civilians. In the 1994 Rwandan genocide Belgian peacekeepers watched as a group of fellow soldiers were murdered by Hutu extremists because they were not authorized to intervene.


We believe citizens who are able have a duty to participate in the defense of their democracy and essential rights, ideally by joining a Home Guard style militia. If your nation is controlled by an elitist regime which does not allow good adults to join a state run or approved militia group then the burden you face may be onerous, as this anti-democratic policy endangers your community and must not be allowed to stop you becoming a fully equipped member of your nation's militia (one should seek to have this policy changed peacefully by persuading the government to change it or voting it out of office).

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