H/T Keep And Bear.

Gun Owners of America say this definitely.


The debate over gun control and the 2nd Amendment continues to rage hot and heavy across the country.

But if the tumult seems especially heated now, we’d all do well to remember that it has always been so.

For decades some of us have had to defend the 2nd Amendment from the attacks of those citizens who believe that the 2nd Amendment should not exist.

Both sides constantly find themselves frustrated with the seeming obstinance of the members on the other side of the aisle, but today we can provide a little clarity for the gun grabbing left. The folks from the Mind Unleashed have put together a simple piece that explains the single-most important reason that the 2nd Amendment exists, and has so many defenders in America today.

As they begin, they explain that there is one “rather taboo” reason that 2nd Amendment supporters are so strident in their support of the right to bear arms… and it is indeed the heart of the reason that our Founders wrote the 2nd Amendment to begin with.

From the Mind Unleashed:

One that is rather taboo to discuss openly in our state-worshipping, stand-for-the-anthem, patriotic nation. This reason is the 800 lb. gorilla in the room, that so many rightfully fear, because history backs this one up time and again.

The numbers don’t lie. The State is the leading mass murderer, mass casualty generator, mass property destroyer ever to plague planet earth. It is the one agency where criminals can run amuck with unlimited franchise, pillaging their neighbors, destroying communities and whole societies with absolute impunity. Government is the most dangerous human institution ever devised. Again, the numbers don’t lie.

Interestingly, it was well after the 2nd Amendment that these statistics really began to pile up. It is estimated that in the 20th century alone, some 262 million unarmed people were killed by governments in mass killings. That’s roughly 80% of the current population of America.

“Let’s start with a number: 262 million. That’s the number of unarmed people the late Prof. R. J. Rummel estimated governments murdered in mass killings he termed “democide” during the 20th century. “This democide murdered 6 times more people than died in combat in all the foreign and internal wars of the century,” he wrote.

Unsurprisingly, the bloodiest body count was run up by totalitarian regimes, though authoritarians were busy stacking up the corpses, too, if in smaller piles. Democracies were also responsible for unjustifiable deaths, especially in subduing resistance in their colonial possessions (think: Belgian Congo) and in indiscriminate bombing of civilian targets during wars (think: Hiroshima), but to a far lesser degree than Communists, Nazis, and overdecorated generalissimos.” [Source]

This little graphic breaks it down a bit:

The 2nd Amendment was written to give law abiding citizens the ability to defend our nation from a tyrannical government.