An open letter to American Citizens

| February 1, 2016
Categories: Op-Eds

The right to keep and bear arms cannot be marginalized, ignored, or bartered away. Cowan explains his right to protect his life — and yours — by exercising the Second Amendment. 

A few days back COWAN! of Sage Dynamics wrote an open letter to the American citizen about the Second Amendment — and yes, we intentionally spelled that in all caps with an exclamation point. It’s an ongoing joke. Mad Duo

For some, the Second Amendment is uncomfortable and emotional, and it is certainly a subject woefully misunderstood by many in the public. This confusion is consistently exploited by both pro- and anti-gun rights advocates alike. Politicians reference the right as already mentioned, for sport or for hunting. They deny or ignore the fact that the Second Amendment exists to protect us from them and from any form of tyranny that would motivate the population to resist oppression, subjugation, and removal of rights granted to us by our forefathers. The Second Amendment requests that all free men maintain themselves in a regulated fashion, prepared to defend their nation, their neighbor, and their way of life should it be threatened in any meaningful way as it was in the late 1700s.

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The Second Amendment does not speak to what we may or may not defend ourselves with, only that we have the right and shall exercise that right. We rely on the government, our elected officials, to regulate what is considered by the public at large as prudent to our defense. Because of this, we need not fear weapons of mass destruction or arms proliferation without oversight. This does not mean we, as the people, can or should give the government the right to remove from us any weapon they disagree with on an emotional or political basis. No argument based on personal feelings as opposed to facts should be given credence, yet that is the argument we as gun owners face on a daily basis. We are attacked by those protected under the First Amendment and decried as fools, nuts, or simply as being unrealistic in the defense of our rights. I recognize no man, no matter his position, as having the right to question that which is law without reasonable, factual argument as to why it should not be so.

No one questions the wisdom of the First Amendment, nor the Fourth, nor the Fifth, nor the Sixth…Not even the Third Amendment, which many could argue is no longer needed and quite superfluous. Yet it stands and will continue to stand because we may need it.

We may need it.

We need, require and reserve our Second Amendment right just as we do all others. Just because you disagree with this right does not empower you to remove it from me, nor does it give the government the right to do so either. The government acts at the pleasure of the people, a fact many have forgotten. If you allow the removal of a right just because you disagree with it, you will certainly lose other rights because someone else disagrees with them. The Second Amendment protects all rights and is the only amendment that can defend itself. I hope and pray that I will never need the smoke detector in my home or the airbag in my car, yet I am glad to have them. I hope I will never need to exercise my Fifth and Sixth Amendment rights, yet I am glad to have them. I can hope and wish all I like and it will not prevent anything.

Hope isn’t a plan; that’s why we have rights.

The second amendment | Cowan discusses the right to bear arms | Aaron Cowan is a Breach-Bang-Clear contributor. | Breach Bang Clear is the online magazine of choice for warrior scholars, providing commentary and analysis of national and international events, gun news, tactical industry news, and gear reviews.

Choose to exercise them or not. Disagreement gives you no right to remove them from me. I will not come after your right to speak ignorantly, no matter how much I disagree with your words. Don’t come after my right to defend my life and yours.

Train Accordingly.


The second amendment | Cowan discusses the right to bear arms | Aaron Cowan is a Breach-Bang-Clear contributor. | Breach Bang Clear is the online magazine of choice for warrior scholars, providing commentary and analysis of national and international events, gun news, tactical industry news, and gear reviews.

Did you know COWAN! can time travel? About 50 years from now someone will snap this picture of him using an implanted corneal camera outside ’t Zwart Huis in Bruges.


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  1. Paladin

    Further, to the article, the 2A assumes that we citizen can possess and use the same weapons that the Gov’t can bring to bear upon us, yes that means MG’s and the rest…. Second it assumes that we have the right to those weapons without the Gov’t knowing what we have.

  2. JESullivan

    WE THE PEOPLE have never had such a large sector of our population so disenfranchised.. so ignorant of our rights and responsibilities.. so disassociated from tradition.. so reckless with our heritage AND our future. We have a largely non-participatory, theoretical constitutional republic who confuse social engineering with evolution and totalitarianism with benevolence ! Universities and other leftist organizations work hard at and conspire to minimize and diminish the truths that we SHOULD hold as being self evident. If we should loose the 2016 election to another crew of narcissistic and dishonorable characters like we have now, well…. we’re fucked! on a scale not seen in our 240 years as a sovereign nation. MOLON LABE !!

  3. Former Canadian Corporal

    Don’t send your assholes here! It is bad enough since the Liberals took government here!

    But in all seriousness our gun laws could use a little tweaking to allow CCW here in Canada. I do like that our process is a bit more indepth especially the background checks. If you have an ex-husband/wife that is in the last few years they call them and ask if you worry for your safety if they get a firearm etc. My wife got her restricted gun license (handguns, semi-auto rifles/shotguns) and they called me to see if I was worried and asked me about her mental state(we weren’t even married yet at the time). The fact that my wife can outshoot me with handguns worries me… But for very different reasons… Like my pride.

    I’d love it if it were in our constitution to allow weapons but we have a very different culture up here.

    But seriously… We don’t need any more liberal ass-wipes up here… We lost the first good Prime Minister we’ve had in years and in his place we have a guy whose qualifications is that he used to teach Drama and his daddy used to be in power in the 70s/80s (and fucked up a lot of shit when he was)

    You guys question if your President is a Muslim? Ours has been photographed praying with them and has spoken at Mosques that were under investigation by the RCMP for supporting terrorism and recruiting for ISIS… Special level of dumb.

    If you’re a gun loving American there are few places in Canada that you’d be happy. The list is basically Alberta, Manitoba and Saskatchewan and the Territories (all the places that are cold as fuck and flat as fuck for the most part).

    • DAN III

      Canadian Corporal,

      I agree with you, our (USA) Marxists are our problem. You have enough of your own without us adding to it.

      I used to travel to Canada often as I live within a couple hours of the Rainbow Bridge. Your Niagara Parkway is a beautiful, scenic, peaceful drive along the river to Niagara Falls. I haven’t been there since the US fedgov required a passport to reenter USA. I miss visiting Canada. But I refuse to get a passport.

      Take care. Don’t give up.

    • Shavru

      Why in the world would you or ANYONE approve of a law that, should your ex-wife be mad at you for say not giving her everything she wanted in the divorce proceedings, including your left nut, allows her to just state that you shouldn’t have a firearm? I have a few friends who are divorced. Of them only 1 can even mention his ex’s name without turning bright red in anger. Divorces are rarely cordial and frequently at least one party feels the other “wronged” them. How is their “opinion” unbiased?

  4. Scott

    Remember: our individual rights are not granted by the Bill of Rights – they are protected from our goverment by the Bill of Rights .

    All humans are born of freedom and to freedom. We remain free by choice not luck.


  5. Eric Wilber

    Amen brother!

  6. Five

    I noticed an article about American’s moving to Canada in 2004 (ht Drudge

    A couple weeks ago I noticed some Canadians at the range, they were renting all the stuff they couldn’t buy in Canada.

    No I’m thinking someone really ought to start encouraging certain types of people to move to Canada and certain types of Canadian to immigrate South. Works out better for everyone.

  7. 2hotel9

    Clear. Cogent. Well reasoned. And the leftists will simply ignore it, as usual.

  8. Wilson

    “Don’t come after my right to defend my life and YOURS.” [Emphasis mine.]

    That’s a big thing that the anti-gunners miss.

    No matter how anti-gun you are, if someone threatens your life, if able I will use my firearm to defend your life.

  9. Mike P

    Sounds pretty fucking reasonable to me.


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