14 year old girl speaks on 2nd Amendment rights in NH Congress

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Prepared for the New Hampshire Legislative Assembly January 22, 2013

Dear citizens of New Hampshire,

Four days ago, I was across the street for a gun rally on the steps of the Capitol. I had never been to a gun rally before. I expected it to be all about hunters and guns. I was surprised: People were not afraid of not being able to hunt. They were not afraid of criminals at all. Do you know who they were afraid of? The Federal Government. I was shocked. They were afraid of the government taking away their freedoms.

The reason I went to the rally in the first place was that I heard children, like me, talking with President Obama about guns on the radio. I think those kids were far too young to make policy, and got it all wrong.

Naturally, I don’t want my mom or dad to die either, nor my friends or family. But I learned in school that the First Amendment gives us our Basic Freedoms, like Freedom of Speech, Freedom of Religion and Freedom to Assemble. To protect our God-given rights, our Founders gave us the 2nd Amendment: The Right to Bear Arms.

My Civics teacher taught us that the reason our Founding Fathers gave us the right to bear arms is to protect ourselves from the government of man because when man is given absolute power, he becomes absolutely corrupt. In 1776, guns freed us from the abuses of King George. Today, guns keep us free from tyranny by government.

If President Obama wants to take our guns, isn’t he taking away our means to protect our right to freedom? Wasn’t the 2nd Amendment given to us to protect our 1st Amendment rights? It’s not by chance that those are the first two amendments. They were the two most important gifts our Founders gave the American people.

I don’t know. I’m just a 14 year old girl, and that’s what I thought I learned in school. Did Mr. Obama learn something different in school than that?

I think it is terrible for someone to use a national tragedy for political gain, don’t you? So, when I heard Mr. Obama issued 23 gun control orders in the wake of the Newtown tragedy, I was upset. In school, I was taught executive means to execute laws — not make them. When did that change? Didn’t the president swear an oath to uphold the U.S. Constitution? Doesn’t the 2nd Amendment state: “the right for people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed?” Tell me how 23 orders on gun control is not an infringement. Can someone please tell me that? Has King George returned?

I hope New Hampshire members of congress remember their pledge and do not use this tragedy to create unjust laws.
So I ask myself, what gun would our Founders want their citizen militia to have today to protect us from a government greedy for power. I think Thomas Jefferson would recommend a semi-automatic rifle with 50-round clips, and pistols that hold 20. But, I’m sure George Washington would demand these arms.

Just so you know, I don’t even own a gun, nor does my mom, or dad. But when I’m old enough, I want the right to buy a gun — if I want to – so I can protect the America that I love. I hope I never need one, but I always say, “plan for the worst and hope for the best.” Unfortunately, that’s sort of why the government is taking away our guns: they are planning for the worst Americans, and not thinking of the best. Maybe the question we should be asking is what caused the moral fabric of the United States to decay? Are permissive parents no longer teaching their kids “thou shalt not kill?”

I want to live in an America with laws that protect the best people on Earth, not the worst, don’t you? Wouldn’t that be more free? Wouldn’t that be more American? Isn’t freedom what America is all about? The right to bear arms is our best guarantee to live free.

Finally, at my track meet at UNH on Sunday, I read the banner on the wall. It said three words: Tradition. Pride. Excellence. I hope and pray that New Hampshire will continue its tradition of excellence and lead the way for the rest of the county, and never infringe on my rights. May the people of the great state of New Hampshire carry on their long tradition of freedom, so we can proclaim with pride the words our forefathers gave us: Live Free or Die!
This is our United States. This is our New Hampshire. And that should never change.

Live Free or Die, New Hampshire!

Thank you, Daphne Jordan Nottingham, NH



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*goosebumps*

LOL at "Did Mr. Obama learn something different in school than that?"

For once, I didn't even mind the mention of 'clips'.
 

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a 14 year old gets it, most of us get it. So why cant poloticians get it?

The 14 year old girl has far more brains than 99% of the politicians out there. The remaining 1% don't get too far since they don't "play ball" so they only last a single term.

IMO, the founding fathers would tell obama to leave the second amendment the fvck alone. With all the current laws on the books, we're already highly restricted. The answer isn't to create new/more laws, but enforce the ones already present. WE should not pay for an inept government/leadership.
 
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There's hope yet. Outstanding essay. May there be many like her in her generation that understand what she has layed down on paper. My biggest fear are of those who just look the other way and act indifferent. This did give me goosebumps. She put a lot of thought into that. Thanks for sharing!
 

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I was there and heard her read this...the dust must've been kicking up when she started reading cause I got something in my eye just about that time...good thing I was wearing my sunglasses [wink]. Her mom and dad must be very proud of her. I know I am!

Regarding most politicians...my guess is most of them probably rode the short bus in school.
 
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Oh I can hear the response now.
1.) She didn't write something that good, mom or dad did!
2.) What does a 14 year old know?
3.) We're using youth or corrupting them or whatever.

In reality this isn't a bunch of kids who don't speak for themselves. This is one person's voice that she thought was to some people and in reality are too a nation.
 

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Wow, well done. It goes up with June4th's speech in my book, although from very different perspectives.

How do we get that on CNN.

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That is really good. If I was going to nitpick, I'd clarify that these are God-Given rights that the Founders recognized were bequeathed to us as inviolable beings, and that no Government might infringe upon them.

You can't change the Constitution to restrict these rights, because these are the rights of all free men. Only a tyrannical regime would seek to eliminate the freedoms all humans share.
 
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