I have often thought that Armed Citizens represent a special class of individuals within our society. We are people who have taken it upon ourselves to be responsible for our own safety, our own livelihood, and often for the safety of those around us. I believe that we should have our own encompassing statement to sum up our values. I have read some examples that others have posted and I wished to try my hand and heart at writing my own. To that end, I humbly submit my version of “The Armed Citizens Creed” . . .
I am an Armed Citizen.
I have taken up the tools of force as is my Right.
I shall not turn my Arms to any unjust purpose.
I shall not keep, bear, or employ my Arms in any negligent way.
I shall use my Arms in a just manner to defend myself and others to the best of my ability and circumstances.
I shall use my Arms in a just manner to secure my livelihood and property to the best of my ability and circumstances.
I shall promote the adoption of Arms by other willing Citizens.
I shall defend my Right to Arms from those who would make us subjects, for by this Right do I defend all other Rights and Privileges of all Free Citizens.
So I do swear.