Sara Tipton (courtesy The Truth About Guns)

Being American is epic. But it’s an experience that only a small percentage of Earth’s inhabitants can enjoy. On this day, when we celebrate our Declaration of Independence from our country’s British overlords, we should remember that most of the world’s population labors under the yoke of government tyranny. We are lucky. But our liberation wasn’t a matter of luck. It was a matter of determination. Our Founding Fathers were determined to end the “long train of abuses and usurpations” so that Americans could be free. They did it, ultimately, under force of arms . . .

Those who truly stand for freedom know that Americans’ right to keep and bear arms isn’t about hunting. Or protection against criminals. Or defense against an invading army. It’s about protection against a tyrannical government. You cannot have freedom without the absence of tyranny. Our gun rights create the space for our freedoms to flourish.

As a people, we use this space to differ on matters of religion, sexual orientation, taxation, the role of the courts, the proper type of policing and on and on and on. The fact that we can do so without tearing the country apart – again – has everything to do with the fact that each individual can defend themselves individually, to protect their individual rights by exercising their individual right to keep and bear arms.

That said, we are not a country of free men and women because we own guns or the Constitution says so. We are free because natural law says that we have the right to defend our lives against those who would enslave us or take our lives. Should statists repeal the Second Amendment, my right to protect myself, my freedom to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness, remains mine. My gun rights are not inherent in government. They’re inherent in me.

On this day we should celebrate our country’s courage, past and present. We should be thankful to the men and women we pay to protect that freedom. But we should also celebrate our own resolve. For it is that resolve that keeps us free, one American at a time.

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67 Responses to Sara Tipton: Happy Fourth of July!

  1. I agree….. Except our resolve is being undermined by the complacency and complicity of the dumbed-down masses (and the newly-arrived hordes of non-Americans who have no business even being here).

    • You said it. Our traditional culture, morality, and civic cohesiveness are slowly circling the drain. We are being steadily transformed into complacent consumers without the awareness or resolve to challenge the ruling political class.

      All you need to do to partake in the dumbing down process is to turn on the TV or go to mainstream movies these days. Virtually all such media has an agenda aimed at deconstruction of traditional values and the cultural dissolution of America’s founding culture. Our European-descended youth are being taught to welcome their own political and economic dispossession as a worthy sacrifice on the altars of diversity and multiculturalism.

      • PBS, BBC, NBC, ABC, CBS, CNN and others are really bad. The news reporting is something from the Ministry Of Truth and the TV shows would make Goebbels and Signal magazine look like a rank amatuer.

      • The slick mainstream media portrayal of conservative WASP type peoples would embarrass the Nazi producers of the Eternal Jew and the Poisonous Mushroom with incompetence.

      • Or….

        Our culture is tied to us, and we expire. Therefore, our culture will *always* be circling a drain. It must forever be renewed in the young and newly arrived, so do what you can to meet and greet those folks and welcome them to what it means to you to Live Free.

        As for TV, I disconnected mine years ago. That would have been unthinkable in the 80’s when “everyone” had television and what we watched (M.A.S.H., anyone?) was such a common thing as to be part of our collective culture. Tuning out was inevitable for me, however, as advertising grew ever more invasive. Life without ads is so much more calm!

        And, yeah, movies suck. For the most part. I don’t go often, but there are still occasionally a few good ones. I thoroughly enjoyed Mad Max.

        Thing is, I just don’t see TV and movies as culturally important today as they were when I grew up. Even if I’m wrong, I still have no problem telling my friend who loves Sons of Anarchy that I expect to have a hard time getting into that show because of the intact casing (or at least completely undamaged bullet) removed from whomever’s back. Just call ’em out on the stupid.

        • I stopped watching TV out of disgust only to get sucked into binge watching the few shows I like on Netflix or Amazon with my PC. Some habits are hard to break.

        • Virginia Gunner, there are some interesting series that you can get on Netflix like House of Cards, Justified, the Americans, and Homeland. Some great British shows available from Netflix as well.

          A number of years ago there was a great TV show called Rubicon, but it wasn’t renewed for Season 2 because they said it was too complicated for the average person to follow. 🙁

        • Speleo, what troubles me is that older generations of immigrants were generally expected to assimilate to our culture, whereas today the expectation foisted on us though a lot of the media, and taught in our schools, seems to be that we should assimilate to them.

          Why do we never call a business to hear “Press 1 for German, Press 2 for French, Press 3 for Italian”, for example? What has changed?

          I readily admit to being an aging crank. I won’t pretend to welcome the masses coming from economically failed or despotic nations that have nothing to do with the heritage and traditions of the USA’s founding peoples. Not if true assimilation is no longer expected of them. I want them to stay where they are and work to fix their own societies first. If they show themselves capable as a people of improving their own nations, I might believe they are capable of helping to preserve what is still good about this one.

          I also tend to think that if Europe and the USA stopped welcoming them, the discontent in their nations of origin might just reach the critical mass needed for revolution and progress to happen there. As it currently stands, I think we are just importing the seeds of America’s own demise, with social and political balkanization on the horizon.

        • Danny, Justified is one of the ones that I got hooked on binge watching.

      • I’ve noticed something a little paradoxical about terms like ‘dumbed-downed masses’, specifically that it seems to be used by everyone. It’s used by pro-gun and prepper-types (categories which I personally identify with) to draw the line between untrained, unprepared ‘sheep’ and the ultra-ready, trained CCW holder who has food and supplies stashed for every disaster under the sun. It’s also a term used by anti-gun, anti-concealed-carry activists who argue that, because the masses are, in fact, dumbed down, the presence of potentially deadly tools in their environments is far too dangerous to sustain. You’ll shoot your eye out, you know.

        I’m not saying the masses are brilliant philosopher-warriors. But masses aren’t just homogeneous seas of flesh, bone and bile. They’re people, and 50% have IQs above 100. Sometimes people do horrible things, and sometimes people do wonderful things, but the idea that somehow they aren’t able to think freely because they’re exposed to biased sources of news is more than a little condescending, especially ignoring the vast amounts of non-MSM media available to nearly anyone through the internet, and it plays directly into the anti-gunner’s (really, the anti-freedom-er’s) hand; if the masses really are so lemming-like, why would anyone in their right mind want them to keep and bear arms? Or, you know, be able to buy more than 16 oz of soda at a time?

        Further, it’s not like the anti-freedom movement is somehow new to the younger generation. Some type of new federal gun control is enacted almost every generation, going back to 1934. The gun control act of 1968, the machinegun ban in 1986 (signed by that great figurehead of freedom, Ronald Reagan), the 1994 so-called Assault Weapons Ban…The list goes on, and it’s not limited to guns. Social Security, the alcohol prohibition of the 1920s, the drug prohibition of today. Up until the 1860s we had slavery. Not just an income tax forcing us to give part of our earnings to the government, but literal, you-are-someone’s-property slavery. That was actually a thing. Hell, look up the Alien and Sedition acts and tell me that’s not good old fashioned tyranny, 1798 style.

        So now that we’re okay giving same-sex couples the ability to marry, we’re somehow suddenly in a downward spiral. Well, personally I don’t think government should regulate marriage at all. If legally everything was a ‘civil union’ and then your private, non-government-affiliated church married you religiously, I think that would preserve both the religious definition of marriage and the legal necessity of equality fairly nicely. But I digress.

        Basically, my point is this: you can’t resort to the collectivist everyone-is-stupid ideology without making a very strong argument in support of gun control (and in support of limiting freedom in general), and you can’t demand we increase freedom from government intervention in one area and arbitrarily limit it in another without appearing a tad bit hypocritical.

        • Well said, Chuck. For way too many, freedom for others only exists as long as the other isn’t doing something disagreeable. Most of the negative comments about the U.S. “today” in this thread have been said in every place and every time. Tories were saying the same things about patriots in 1776. A defining characteristic of an old crank is not realizing you’re an old crank. In the words of Richard Sherman, “stop bi tch ing and f ing adapt.”

        • All good points Chuck and well said but heed your thoughts as prophetic . We are , truly , a dumbed down culture and this will be our undoing if not reversed . The overall majority of the people lack a general understanding in historical humanness or what it means to be human and therefore cannot make an actual contribution to the social well being of humankind .
          Everyone talks about loving everyone equally and sharing and saving the planet but most people don’t actually know how to love , share , or save anything . These answers are all found in the writings of profoundly inspired men of earlier times . The real answers to all our ills can be found in the words that our founders knew , and also all great men who have arisen since . The wisdom that can solve our problems is not being sought today because apparently a belief in God is no longer culturally or politically correct . If we proceed down this road I too will admit that we are not wise or moral enough as a whole to warrant the freedom of self for any firearm or even word . Great freedom carries a very heavy burden to be honorable and fair and moral in each our own lives . Our forefathers , great learned and moral men expressed this concept repeatedly as I’m sure you know . God bless .

    • Except that most of us come from immigrant ancestors. The only ones here to begin with were the Native Americans and their ancestors probably came here from Russia via the Bering Strait and then down from Alaska through what is now Canada. Most of the immigrants end up being hard working citizens that appreciate our freedoms way more than many second and third generation “Americans”. Many of our “Americans” have grown lazy and used to the luxuries that our country provides but are unwilling to work hard for those luxuries. And nobody appreciates freedom like people who come from countries run by Socialists, Communists and Despots. Or countries that have been decimated by war for years and years. Many of our citizens would forget how lucky we are to live here were it not for our newest citizens.

    • I, as a card carrying NRA and ISRA member, hard working, business owning, freedom loving not yet fully American have to disagree about people who did not win the birth lottery having no business to be here. Because I agree that “Being American is epic. But it’s an experience that only a small percentage of Earth’s inhabitants can enjoy.”
      Making conscious decision that I want to live and raise my family here, to leave everyone I knew and everything I had before was not easy. But it was worth it. I love America and want to spend my life here.
      If you are not a Native American, you too must be from immigrant family. Maybe it was two generations ago, maybe it was fifty generations ago. But someone who was born elsewhere had to immigrate to this country for you being able to call yourself an American today.

  2. “we should remember that most of the world’s population labors under the yoke of government tyranny. ”

    If you are under the illusion that YOU arent under the same yoke, you are mistaken.

    • Perhaps we should refer to the document that this day celebrates:

      “…whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government…”

      And THAT is what the Second Amendment is all about.

  3. A mention of the French (Lafayette at the very least) should probably get thrown in here as well:

    “But our liberation wasn’t a matter of luck. It was a matter of determination. Our Founding Fathers were determined to end the “long train of abuses and usurpations” so that Americans could be free. They did it, ultimately, under force of arms . . .”

    • Without French army and naval assistance, our revolutionary cause would have been much more tenuous.

  4. I wish to God that what she wrote was true. It isn’t. We have surrendered our freedoms through complacency and laziness. We no longer have an effective First Amendment, see the Oregon baker’s case, $135K fine and the bakers were gagged from ever talking about it. We lost our freedom of Religion when SCOTUS destroyed the God given definition of marriage. The lawsuits have already started to force pastors and priests to commit evil on pain of fines or imprisonment. We will have one last chance next year to use the ballot box to correct all this. I predict that we will fail because of all the illegal voting that will take place. SCOTUS, refused to hear a case that overturned state’s ability to regulate elections by requiring proof of citizenship in order to vote.

    So if we cannot use the ballot box, that leaves us with two choices, meekly submit to the tyrant’s yoke or use the bullet box.

    I do not celebrate Independence today. I can’t. I will spend this day in prayer and sadness for what we once had.

    • Praying works about as well to advance your political agenda as it does in stopping church shooters. Lighting off fireworks is far more productive.

    • $135K fine and the bakers were gagged from ever talking about it.

      They are ignoring the gag order, though. I don’t think this is over.

      • I know that. My point was that they face prison and further fines for daring to speak out against the pure evil that was done to them. Also that our country has degenerated to the point where some government toad can issue such and order. The man should be dragged out into the public square, stocked and flogged. But he will suffer no consequences for his evil act.

        • Pure evil from the viewpoint of a religious conservative maybe. For the rest of us, not really. I don’t think someone should be forced to bake a cake for a homosexual couple if that goes against their beliefs. But homosexuality being described as “pure evil” is a distortion that only a religious bigot would believe.

        • “Religious bigot”? OK, If believing in and following the laws of God make me one then so be it. I did not define it as an abomination, He did. Your choice to believe or not.

  5. Those who truly stand for freedom know that Americans’ right to keep and bear arms isn’t about protection against criminals. It’s about protection against a tyrannical government.

    I believe that’s what’s known as a tautology.

  6. When the USSC felt it was more important to rule on gay marriage as a right and ignored the various court cases of the clear violations of the right KABA in New Jersey, New York and California. we know where we are ultimately headed.

    I believe this day is a good day to remember the sacrifices, to remember the resolve of our ancestors that had allowed us to have the freedoms we’ve enjoyed for most of two hundred years.

    This is also the time to look into ones heart and soul and see if the same resolve and commitment to freedom is as bright and sharp as our ancestors showed, ” with our lives, our fortunes, and our sacred honor”.

  7. Happy little fantasy you have going there. To suggest that we are “free” people is ludicrous. Literally hundreds of thousands of laws (counting all levels of government), many designed to simply extort our money or curtail our activities. Compounded by government agencies that break those very laws to steal our money, guns, and liberty ( ex. civil forfeiture laws).

    Read the news. One small example. The illegal seizure (or supposedly “legal” seizure, see California) of firearms that is occurring nationwide. One gun owner at a time.

    Sara, with all due respect, you need a wake up call.

    • The Declaration of Independence IS the “wake up call” – today as it was in 1776.

      Many people in America were complacent and willing to go along to get along. It took the enumeration and public declaration of why we were so pissed off to spark people into realizing both what was being taken from them, and what they should do about it.

      It does us all little good to go on and on about the Right to Keep and Bear Arms if we do not also refer to the document that sparked our demand for that right and demand for freedom from British Oppression. The fact that we (complacent Americans) have allowed ourselves to become even more oppressed from our own government does not change our right to at some point demand a return to our founding principles and back up that demand by force of arms if necessary. That is the ONE freedom, as Sara is talking about, that can NEVER be taken away except, “From my cold, dead hands.”

  8. After reading most of what you all wrote, I think I’ll just go out and kill myself since I live in such a horrible country, with no hope.

    And Sara, Happy 4th of July to you. I liked your comments.

    • Bruce L.,

      While we have it fairly good in the United States, it used to be MUCH better. The reason that is hard to grasp is because we have become so acclimated to the myriad laws and rules facing us.

      Imagine getting a 40% pay raise. That is exactly what would happen if government stopped confiscating 40% of your money through payroll, business, Social Security, capital gains, sales, and property taxes. Oh, and imagine the purchasing power of your dollars increasing a similar amount because the entities from which you purchase your products and services no longer pass along their tax burdens to you. Lest we forget, you would also no longer have to record all of your expenses, keep receipts, and waste between one day and a week of your life filling out and sending (via certified mail) tax returns.

      Imagine that you can purchase any firearm you want immediately without any screening, licensing, registration, etc. etc. etc. … and those firearms can have barrels of any length, stocks of any length and design, be of any caliber, have any rate of fire, use any kind of ammunition you want (including hollowpoint and so-called “armor piercing” bullets), and have any accessories of your choosing such as suppressors. Oh, and you can possess those firearms and ammunition anywhere you want … including public locations, government installations, and even your car on the roads. That is exactly what would happen if government stopped threatening to kill and/or imprison you for purchasing such firearms in such manner.

      Imagine that the 40% or so of the workforce who right now must have a government license to work would no longer have to file forms and pay money for their licenses. And imagine no longer having to have a license to travel or register vehicles.

      And this is only the tip of the iceberg. Aside from a few people paying excise taxes on imports/exports, that was about the only government burden on the good people of the United States 150 years ago. No licenses, no registrations, no restrictions, no tax returns, no taxes. As long as you didn’t harm anyone, you could spend your entire day, your entire life carefree without any regard to any government rule or law — or threat of death/imprisonment for violating any government rule or law.

  9. Unfortunately, there always have been and always will be predators among us who are more than happy to take our property, liberty, and lives if they can get away with it. Some predators are “grey men” that look no different than your or I, some wear gang colors, and some wear suits/dresses and have titles such as “Mayor”, “Senator”, or “Judge”.

    THAT is why eternal vigilance is the order of the day, every day.

  10. We’re not free. We’re just more free than most peoples of the world. As long as we’re well-armed, we’ll stay that way. And that’s the truth.

  11. I must first say , You go Sara ! It is so refreshing to see a young lady that is so well versed in reality . I am guessing you have a proud mom and dad somewhere , either still with us all here on the big blue marble or watching from beyond , proud none the less . I am proud of you and we’ve never met . SPOT ON . We need to encourage everyone to ease up on the new technologies some . Lay down the smart phones , turn off the media machine , stay away from a game , a race , or party for a change , and revisit the Constitution , Bill of Rights and Federalist Papers . Learn the skills or self reliance like farming , harvesting and preserving , saving seed , shelter building , hunting and fishing , sewing and weaving , water purification techniques and food preparation . We need to practice our shooting skills . I personally believe everyone should own all three of the major caliber groups of firearms and at least one shotgun and handgun and have ammunition stored .
    Take your children and grand children out somewhere and teach them to use a gun , meaning loading , firing , cleaning and basic maintenance . It is our duty to show others , especially younger people that a gun is only a tool and in the right hands a very , very useful tool for a number of uses . We need to teach our children all of the skills mentioned above and explain to them why they need to know these things and if you can’t do this you must set out to learn the answer yourself . This is what caring for others is about . Stop using our fingers so much on these blasted phones and if you can’t lay the phone down and stop telling everyone where you are and what you’re doing every minute of the day , then tell them what I’ve just said . We are not only losing our country , we are losing the world . We have gotten to a point where we cannot care for ourselves anymore and it’s no wonder we as a species are turning to governments for our sustenance . Our basic instinct for survival hasn’t waned , we just don’t know how t do it anymore . We have replaced the tools for our survival with cell phones , techno gadgets and toys . The time to stop playing is here and now . Revere coarse or be ruled over . You can take a quart mason jar full of winter wheat seed and a 20 by 20 yard and in two growing seasons fill a five gallon bucket with enough grinding seed to make enough bread for a family of five have all year long . All you need is a ground breaking tool , a pair of scissors , a bucket a drill , and few other miscellaneous items . There are skills we can use to survive and teach others to survive that will put those who want us dependent on them back on their heels . Thanks Sara again , we sure would be blessed to have a wonderful young lady like you here in WV . God bless .

    • By the way; any Americans available to free the oppressed British from their half German/half Greek overlords, or was WWII over in 1945?

    • No offense English guy but it’s AMERICA -not north America. We are NOT Canada or Mexico…

  12. Your precious Founders gave you an amendable constitution, and they did it intentionally, because they were politicians like any other. The only title the USA holds is being the most hypocritical. You have herein the most evolved form of control to ever exist, and one that is impossible to revolt against. It’s easy to motivate oneself when there are whips cracking and pyramids being built, or death camps, but the reason nothing has happened here is because the power lusters have better learned how to control you rabble. It’s like living in the matrix.

      • Word, Ralph.

        This country has fallen far. The trolls used to be of a much higher quality.

        Instead, we get jack-wads like that emission.

    • The Constitution of the United States of America, Article V:

      “…on the Application of the Legislatures of two thirds of the several States, shall call a Convention for proposing Amendments, which, in either Case, shall be valid to all Intents and Purposes, as Part of this Constitution, when ratified by the Legislatures of three fourths of the several States, or by Conventions in three fourths thereof…”

      Our founding politicians new the measure of the men they were dealing with and included this little tidbit for use by the “several States” in extremis. Just before invoking forcefully our rights protected by the Second Amendment, I suspect.

      We are not helpless and the situation is not hopeless, but it is dire.

  13. Happy 4th-no I never use Independence Day either…had to win a war before that happened. And for all you trolls try that BS in most of the rest of the world. My grandparents went through hell coming from the old country. BTW I just watched Tremors and it is stunning for the amount and variety of guns the prepper couple had-Ralph you could do a retro 25th anniversary review! Stay armed-stay safe…’Murica.

  14. I think half the people who comment on this blog must cry themselves to sleep at night with the theme from All in the Family playing in the background.

  15. I am sure The 4th of July offends some group or other. Just a matter of time before it is banned as being politically incorrect. Enjoy it while you can.

    • I suspect it offends the British – mostly because they are stuck in Britain and so cannot figure a way to declare their independence from that godawful place.

  16. Happy 4th Everybody… Thank you Sara for such a positive and on-point post. More than a few good Americans are a bit despaired as of late (and rightfully so IMO) but RESOLVE is the order of the day. That said… I think it’s time to celebrate the 4th with a 5th… 🙂

    God Bless America…Long live the Republic!!!

    • I’d prefer her to be straight but if you’re into chicks who aren’t into guys, then great.

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