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Gun Owners: We Don’t Want to Become the Ukraine

More than 100 attend Day of Resistance gun rally at the Statehouse in Concord; commit to running more candidates in 2014.

Some highlights from the Day of Resistance gun rally on Feb. 23, 2014. Credit: Tony Schinella
Some highlights from the Day of Resistance gun rally on Feb. 23, 2014. Credit: Tony Schinella


A number of gun rights supporters rallied at the Statehouse on Sunday in an effort preserve their rights and get 2nd Amendment supporters motivated to elect better representation in 2014.

ALSO READ: IMAGES: New Hampshire Gun Owners Rally to Preserve Rights


Many of the speakers, buoyed by the defeat in the Legislature of a gun background check bill two weeks ago, pointed to the unrest overseas and the founding principles of the Republic as reasons to strengthen gun ownership and protection of the natural right of self-defense against both assailants and the government.

Susan Olsen, the emcee of the event, from the New Hampshire Chapter of Second Amendment Sisters, noted that the country was losing its history and had forgotten that the amendment existed because the British tried to disarm the Colonists when they tried to establish better living conditions under the crown. She said it was difficult to explain the importance of lost rights to today’s children who were used to interacting on social media sites with 140 character limits.

“We’ve taken up arms,” she said. “We’re not going to lay them down. The Bill of Rights didn’t give me the right to defend myself … God gave me that right.”

Former House Speaker William O’Brien, R-Mont Vernon, said the fight against the British was brutal at times and it was the armed farmers who killed many of the King’s troops during the war, the finest army in the world at the time. They turned the battle around, he noted. O'Brien said there would be no America if it weren’t for those who fought.

“These were armed citizens that stood up to that army,” he said. “Our Founders knew that they would have lost their lives if the Revolution had failed … they also knew that the Revolution would have failed if the armed populace … throughout the country, had not had the means of self-defense.”

Ian Underwood, an inventor and scientist who spoke against the background check bill, suggested that it might be time to stop talking about Constitutionality, because “it’s not effective and possibly counter-productive.” He said that the two constitutions – state and federal – were simple words but when quoted, often get opponents to dig in their heels and fight harder for their positions. Instead, he would like gun owners and others to think about other ways of making the point, including focusing on the issue of natural rights. Underwood asked attendees to imagine if gun ownership were not a right in the Constitution but a privilege instead. He then asked if they would change their minds because it was stated in the Constitution. Some issues, Underwood stated, were too important to let constitutionality get in the way.

“I want to be clear that I’m not making a point here about right versus wrong,” he said. “I’m making a point about persuasive power.”

Underwood added that it would be better to look at the Declaration of Independence, which asked and answered two fundamental questions – why do governments exist and where do they get their power. The Declaration defined the formation of government as a way to secure rights and derive its power by consent, from delegation, he said. 

“If it’s not for the purpose of securing rights, government can’t do it,” he said. “If it requires a power that can’t be delegated, government can’t do it.”

State Rep. Laura Jones, R-Rochester, called on attendees to get politically involved because representatives had to constantly fight to preserve natural rights. She pointed to former Rep. Susan Delemus, R-Rochester, and spoke about how the two of them campaigned together and would often encounter people who should have been their supporters but had dropped out of the process because they were discouraged by politics. Delemus lost her race by 200 votes.

“If we can only motivate all of the gun owners in the state to get out and vote for pro-gun candidates, we won’t have to work so hard, and waste so much time fighting gun control legislation,” she said.

State Rep. J.R. Hoell, R-Dunbarton, and Olsen announced the formation of a new political action committee, PACing in New Hampshire, in order to fund pro-gun candidates for the Legislature. He too spoke about energizing candidates and working to get good people elected. Republican candidates that honored their oath did better in 2012 than 2010, he noted.

“The time is now guys,” he said. “At the end of the day, if we don’t start to take back our state … I’m going to pick on our state from the south … we’re going to look like Massachusetts … it’s not that hard to fix this.”

Hoell also pointed to election results and noted that the sponsor of the background check bill, state Rep. Elaine Ahearn, D-Hampton Falls, won a very close race in 2012 even though she was handily defeated in 2010, in a slightly different district. He said it wasn't a partisan issue, it was a legislator by legislator issue and suggested treating politicians who violated the rights of others like a puppy that does its business on the floor, by tapping it on the nose.

Hoell, who brought his youngest son to the rally, also said it was important to fix the federal National Instant Criminal Background Check System process instead of trying to create more study committees and more lists. He said the background check bill would lead to federal officials coming into the state to scan documents in an effort to confiscate guns.

“Anybody paying attention to Ukraine?,” he asked. “Venezuela? Ireland? Weimar Republic? The list goes on.”

State Rep. Emily Sandblade, R-Manchester, said gun control activists trying to disarm women were waging “the real war on women,” to cheers from attendees. She said supporters of the background check bill stated falsely that making it harder to get firearms would lower domestic violence. 

“What they did not tell us was that firearms are used more often by the victims in domestic violence situations to defend themselves than are used by the perpetrators,” she said.

Oddly enough, Sandblade added, gun control activists count self-defense shootings in domestic violence situations in their gun violence numbers.

Skip Murphy, an engineer who runs the Granite Grok political website, worried about some of the conditions citizens were facing overseas and said he was stunned by the video footage of government snipers in Kiev shooting citizens. He suggested that many of the citizens overseas were probably wishing they had a 2nd Amendment to rely on right now. 

"They say it can't happen here in America," he said, "I'm sorry, that's delusional thinking ... It is up to us to teach our children and our children's children what the true meaning of freedom is and sometimes, that does require sacrifice." 

Frank March 08, 2014 at 11:51 AM
@essay...Jane Aitken: jane is correct on many levels...while the progresives enjoy bringing up the Koch brothers because they have been trold to by their handlers, we now know that they rank 59th on the list of political donors in the US and hardly the biggest donor to the party of freedom (as opposed to the "progressives" which is a cover for neo stalinists). The first 16 on the list of political donors are all left wing extremists which control the democratic party including nazi collaborator George Soros.
Jane Aitken March 08, 2014 at 07:18 PM
And not one person can even show one iota of proof of that statement, that I am 'bought' by anyone. But it's part of their lies and talking points...
jpf2361 March 08, 2014 at 09:07 PM
FOOD FOR THOUGHT AND GET OUR ATTENTION. PLEASE READ AND PASS ON. VMS If anyone can read this and still say everything is just fine…….. Recall that Hillary did her college thesis on his writings and Obama writes about him in his books. Saul Alinsky died about 43 years ago, but his writings influenced those in political control of our nation today....... Saul David Alinsky, a writer, was an American community organizer and writer. He is generally considered to be the founder of the modern community organizing movement. He is most noted for his book Rules for Radicals. Died: June 12, 1972, Carmel-by-the-Sea, CA Education: University of Chicago Spouse: Irene Alinsky Books: Rules for Radicals, Reveille for Radicals Anyone out there think that this stuff isn't happening today in the U.S.? All eight rules are currently in play How to create a social state by Saul Alinsky: There are eight levels of control that must be obtained before you are able to create a social state. The first is the most important. 1) Healthcare– Control healthcare and you control the people 2) Poverty – Increase the Poverty level as high as possible, poor people are easier to control and will not fight back if you are providing everything for them to live. 3) Debt – Increase the debt to an unsustainable level. That way you are able to increase taxes, and this will produce more poverty. 4) Gun Control– Remove the ability to defend themselves from the Government. That way you are able to create a police state. 5) Welfare – Take control of every aspect of their lives (Food, Housing, and Income) 6) Education – Take control of what people read and listen to – take control of what children learn in school. 7) Religion – Remove the belief in the God from the Government and schools 8) Class Warfare – Divide the people into the wealthy and the poor. This will cause more discontent and it will be easier to take (Tax) the wealthy with the support of the poor. Does any of this sound like what is happening to the United States ? Alinsky merely simplified Vladimir Lenin's original scheme for world conquest by communism, under Russian rule. Stalin described his converts as "Useful Idiots." The Useful Idiots have destroyed every nation in which they have seized power and control. It is presently happening at an alarming rate in the U.S. "It is difficult to free fools from the chains they revere." Voltaire
jpf2361 March 08, 2014 at 09:07 PM
Pay CLOSE ATTENTION to #4
Apljak March 08, 2014 at 09:32 PM
Essay doesn't like the inconvenient truth about the Koch Bros being a small player relative to the far greater amount of money given to Democrats for both influence and access by PACs ans Unions--much secretly by Soros...So she will just parrot the same lies as one of the useful idiots!

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