What are you if you aren’t free? The Declaration of the Causes and Necessity of Taking up Arms

A meeting of the Second Continental Congress. Can you just imagine what it was like in that room?

Before America’s founding fathers wrote the Second Amendment, securing our individual right to own a firearm, they wrote the Declaration of the Causes and Necessity of Taking up Arms, paving the way for the American Revolution and the Declaration of Independence. Becoming increasingly at odds with the British parliament, the members of the Second Continental Congress agreed to draft a declaration explaining why America was taking up arms against the British.

A meeting of the Second Continental Congress. Can you just imagine what it was like in that room?
A meeting of the Second Continental Congress. Can you just imagine what it was like in that room?

In the Declaration, the colonists claimed that they had come to America for a life of “civil and religious freedom,” escaping the unjustifiable “power” and “authority” of Parliament. After Great Britain won the Seven Years War and took complete control over the colonies, they decided to impose taxes and trade regulations on the colonists. The colonists felt that Parliament had been acting against the King and violating American’s rights, such as taxing them without representation in Parliament, and subjecting the new Americans to trial without jury. More so, they were suffering violence at the hand of British troops, like the deaths at the Boston Massacre. As tensions increased, British troops became uneasy and tried to disarm the colonists. The Battles of Lexington and Concord started because of the Americans refusal to hand over their guns.

In a stand for their freedom, the Second Continental Congress wrote the Declaration of the Causes and Necessity of Taking up Arms. In the Declaration the Congress did not wish to go to war, nor did they defy the King, but they believe that taking up arms to fight for their freedom was the only way to regain their liberty. “Being with one mind resolved to die freemen rather than to live slaves,” says the Declaration.

America’s founding fathers believed in a natural, God-given right to life, liberty, happiness, property, and the right to defend those. The Declaration of the Causes and Necessity of Taking up Arms says:

In our own native land, in defence of the freedom that is our birthright, and which we ever enjoyed till the late violation of it — for the protection of our property, acquired solely by the honest industry of our fore-fathers and ourselves, against violence actually offered, we have taken up arms. We shall lay them down when hostilities shall cease on the part of the aggressors, and all danger of their being renewed shall be removed, and not before.

After forming their own government upon winning the American Revolution, the founding fathers decided that the government only ruled with the permission of its citizens. If the government were to become too powerful, the citizens had a right to oust the current government and appoint a new one. That is exactly how America won its independence from the British. Without the colonists taking up arms, the values of liberty and freedom that we so strongly believe in could have been lost forever. Firearm ownership is a true symbol of American freedom.

On July 6, 1775, those brave and intelligent men of the Second Continental Congress took a pivotal stand against a tyrannical government drafting one of the most important documents in colonial history.

I used to live in a country where no citizen except military and law enforcement could have a gun. That’s not protecting your people, that’s controlling your people. What are you if you aren’t free?

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Comments (16)

  1. The War against Police in this country was instigated by Obama and Holder by setting the tone and then by spilling blood. The current “treaty” with the worlds leading sponsor of terrorism is a direct threat on our security,the concept of redistribution smacks of Communism.Is there anybody who doesnt believe these bastard Dems are NOT traitors?Patriot First-Conservative Second-Republican Third. Load your own.

    1. I recently attended a memorial service for our Confederate War Soldiers, and a speaker mentioned the Cause. My ancestors were fighting the same Federal government for the same reason we are in this state of turmoil. The gov. wants our submission, just as the King did in colonial times. And our only hope lies in God’s Blessing and our right to keep and bear arms. Let us Honor our Forefathers with Defiance and Perseverance. God Bless America.

  2. That all sounds sweet and cute, and whatever type of bul#$!@t you want to put on it, but the fact is when I was in my early 20s I became permantly forbidden to own, posess, trade, sell, … etc. a firearm of any kind simply because I got a DWI in Texas. I was told that my rights would all be restored after I successfully finished probation, and paid my fine and after 10 years it would be wiped off my record.

    Guess what I took the CHL course, and applied, and the Texas DPS said I was permanently disqualifed because of that s%$%T that happened in the 80s.

    How did I lose my rights? I didn’t do anything wrong, but now I’m a criminal if I carry a gun in self defense. Where in the 2nd Amendment does it say that? Where in Jefferson’s writings does it say that?, Even Madison, Franklin, Adams — OR Washington’s writings does it say that my rights are forever taken away for basically NOTHING?

    There is a storm coming …

  3. but lets not forget that the boston massacre has had light shed upon it that the british that night acted in self defence. “History is written by the victor”

  4. Regarding this great article, keep in mind that as this administration keeps our attention focused on whatever issues they choose to, as we are makeing our comments on this issue they are in UN meetings working and pushing for a universal gun control law. Research and vote in November for changes.

    1. “If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it. The lie can be maintained only for such time as the State can shield the people from the political, economic and/or military consequences of the lie. It thus becomes vitally important for the State to use all of its powers to repress dissent, for the truth is the mortal enemy of the lie, and thus by extension, the truth is the greatest enemy of the State.”

      Joseph Goebbels

      People, we are being manipulated by our government every single day. Politicians use the lie to control and deflect us.

    2. Re: Mikial and the lie… Folks, I heartily recommend that you all find and read a book entitled “Tower of Secrets”, by Victor Sheymov. Victor was a highly-placed asset in the 8th CD of the KG(used to)B who became disillusioned by the Soviet’s rampant use of lies to accomplish their objectives, and who defected to the US in 1980. He told his story in Tower of Secrets, and Chapter 16 is especially fascinating. I seems to have been handled somewhat poorly (Duh!), but seems still to be happy to be in this country. Google his name and work, and find his other books as well as a precis of his life value to the U.S.

    3. @Henry.

      I will look that up. I also recommend the book Mig Pilot, by Victor Belenkov. He was the start Soviet fighter pilot who defected in 1975 and flew the then new Mi-25 to Hokkaido, Japan. He went through the same revelation and process as Sheymov. Great read and a true story.

      The problem now is that we have a government that uses the lie just as much and just as effectively as the Soviets ever did.

  5. Great article. I wasn’t aware of this declaration. Hope to God it won’t come to this again, but we seem to be slowly losing our rights & privileges, government intruding into our lives more every year. I’m hoping (slightly) the next election will change things, but I’m starting to doubt ANY politicians’ word/promises.
    God bless America!

  6. I was born in a country where only the military and police can only have firearms.And now the dam cartels are controling entire regions.Even near the U.S border there was a cartel that took over a town a few years ago.If the government wasnt controlling the firearms,It would be easier for the civilians to protect themselves and not become targets to blood thirsty criminals who prey on the !unarmed

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