We are all watching you closely right now. We feel your anger, your sense of dread as you face what could prove to be your darkest hour. We understand you are on the verge of war, the type of war that will leave American citizens fighting their own government in the streets. Although our prayers fly to heaven constantly, we know deep down, as you do, that this will not end with a parting of the sea. It will end in blood. This pains our hearts in ways that are hard to explain, and keeps us up at night, looking for ways to make this cup pass. No sane person wants war. But no patriot accepts slavery to avoid it.
Your state is attempting to literally confiscate the firearms of law-abiding citizens. Give us your guns or you will go to jail. Give us your guns or we will mark you as a felon and take away your right to vote. Give us your guns or we will come take them away from you. That is the message you are hearing now, and it is an absolute affront to everything you hold dear. It is the final straw, for without arms you have no recourse against tyranny, no way to secure your liberty and that of your children. If you fail to stand against this, all of our children will grow up with no concept of what freedom is, or how men were meant to live.
Washington encouraged his troops with the following: The time is now near at hand, which must probably determine whether Americans are to be free men or slaves; whether they are to have any property they can call their own; whether their houses and farms are to be pillaged and destroyed, and themselves consigned to a state of wretchedness from which no human efforts will deliver them…The enemy will endeavor to intimidate by show and appearance; but, remember, they have been repulsed on various occasions by a few brave Americans.
The Second Amendment is clear. It does not say “The right to bear arms shall only be infringed for perceived safety” or “the right to keep and bear arms is dependent on whether the government thinks it’s okay for you to do so.”
A well regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed.
We understand as you do that the militia is not the National Guard or the military. It’s you and me, and necessary to the security of our free state is the right (and duty) of the people to keep and bear arms. We salute your courage, and your unwillingness to bend the knee to your tyrants. We also know that it may cost you all that you have. Know this: You do not stand alone.
We are American citizens, born into a birthright of liberty. We are part of the greatest nation on earth, and in our blood burns the fire of millions of warriors, who believed in the sanctity of freedom. We are no one’s slave, no one’s vassal. We do not bow to tyrants, and we do not give credence to laws that violate the rights given to us by our Creator. We believe in honor, in integrity, and in things our government has long forgotten. Most importantly, we believe in this truth: An armed man is a free one. And we would rather die standing in a pile of empty brass than live one second on our knees in deference to some overbearing group of fools who think it is in their power to control us. We wish only to live in freedom, to be left alone to raise our family, worship in our faith, and contribute to the world around us. But if we are forced to fight, we will fight with every fiber of our being, until there is no more breath in our bodies, and our blood stains the street underneath our corpses.
The war is inevitable–and let it come! I repeat it, sir, let it come…Gentlemen may cry, Peace, Peace–but there is no peace. The war is actually begun! The next gale that sweeps from the north will bring to our ears the clash of resounding arms! Our brethren are already in the field! Why stand we here idle? What is it that gentlemen wish? What would they have? Is life so dear, or peace so sweet, as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery? Forbid it, Almighty God! I know not what course others may take; but as for me, give me liberty or give me death!
Stand firm, Connecticut. I hope this letter finds each and every one of you. We are watching, and we promise you with our lives that if you must fight, you will not fight alone.