Pres. Snow for Gun Control

“Even though trespassing in the woods is illegal and poaching carries the severest of penalties, more people would risk it if they had weapons. But most are not bold enough to venture out with just a knife. My bow is a rarity, crafted by my father along with a few others that I keep well hidden in the woods, carefully wrapped in waterproof covers. My father could have made good money selling them, but if the officials found out he would have been publicly executed for inciting a rebellion. Most of the Peacekeepers turn a blind eye to the few of us who hunt because they’re as hungry for fresh meat as anybody is. In fact, they’re among our best customers. But the idea that someone might be arming the Seam would never have been allowed.” The Hunger Games, Ch. 1

In the Hunger Games books/movies, we follow the events of Katniss Everdeen starting out just trying to feed her family and ends up being the face of a revolution. She lives in Panem, a post-apocalyptic North America. Panem is separated into 13 Districts and the Capitol. Each District is responsible for certain goods. It is a centrally planned economy where the Districts starve while the Capitol lives in excess at their expense. As a form of punishment for a rebellion years before, there is established a competition where 2 children are chosen from each District and are all pitted against each other in a fight to the death. This competition is called the Hunger Games.

In the story, Katniss volunteers for the Hunger Games to save her younger sister from having to participate. She wins along with the other tribute from District 12, Peeta, by both of them threatening suicide to prevent there being a winner. This decision along with some of the events of the competition led to Katniss sparking a rebellion in multiple Districts which eventually led to the overthrow of the Capitol.

Throughout the stories, Katniss doesn’t know what effect her actions are having, she is just reacting to the situations she is put into. She isn’t itching for a fight like her friend Gale. She just wants to protect her loved ones. The one thing she does know is how to hunt and use a bow. If her father was a law abiding man, she would not have been able to provide for her family for years after his death. If her father was a law abiding man, she would not have had the skills to succeed in the Hunger Games. If her father was a law abiding man, there would never have been a revolution and the people of Panem would still be sacrificing their children to the State annually. The ability to hunt and use a weapon was the key necessary to overthrow Tyranny.

The Founding Fathers knew the importance of being armed. It is important to be able to provide for your family, but they did not write the 2nd Amendment for hunting. They knew that if the people were ever disarmed, they would not be able to fight back against Tyranny. We don’t need to hide our weapons like Katniss, because the founders knew what they meant to our free nation. As long as the Constitution stands, we don’t need to fear legal repercussion for exercising our right to self-defense from criminals or tyrants. As long as we are armed, we can defend the Constitution. Don’t let fear lead to the sacrifice of  Liberty.

As civil rulers, not having their duty to the people duly before them, may attempt to tyrannize, and as the military forces which must be occasionally raised to defend our country, might pervert their power to the injury of their fellow-citizens, the people are confirmed by the next article in their right to keep and bear their private arms.” Tench Coxe, Federal Gazette, June 18, 1789 (http://scholarship.law.wm.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1421&context=wmborj)


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