Rep. Chip Roy: ‘Tyrants Disarm the People They Intend to Oppress’

“Why do we have guns? Why do we have the Second Amendment?” Rep. Chip Roy (R-Texas) asked on the House floor Wednesday during a debate on gun control.

“Is it to hunt? Sure. Self-defense? That’s even more important,” he said:

“The fact is, read the Founders, Federalist 46, James Madison — contrast this with the tyrannical governments in Europe who are, quote, ‘afraid to trust the people with arms.’

“Joseph Story, in his commentaries to the Constitution in 1833, quote: ‘The right of the citizens to keep and bear arms has justly been considered, as the palladium of the liberties of a republic; since it offers a strong moral check against the usurpation and arbitrary power of rulers; and will generally, even if these are successful in the first instance, enable the people to resist and triumph over them.'”

Roy’s main point was this: “We have a Second Amendment because we understand in this country that there are some things, inalienable rights, that you cannot justly take away from a free and equal human being.

“Tyrants disarm the people they intend to oppress. Those are the facts,” he said. – READ MORE