Why Do You Need an AR-15?

This is a frequent question from the lefty gun grabbers that they throw out not as a question, but as a grenade. They expect you to not be able to answer why you might need an AR-15 with any “reasonable” answer and they are under the impression that they are prepared to shoot back at your no doubt frivolous, misguided responses with what they would like for you to believe are their logical reasons that you don’t need one. And I will promise you that they will eventually, some sooner than later, pull out the “baby killer” card (which is funny considering they’re so pro-abortion, but that’s another matter for another day).

Before we go any further, I’d like to remind you all exactly what the Second Amendment states:

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.

Let’s analyze this a bit. Some argue that the term “militia” means National Guard or state forces. Hmmm. Ok, let’s see. Yes, yes. That sounds reasonable, right? Let’s define the term as Wikipedia (whom the left seems to love so we’ll go with it):

militia (pron.: /mɨˈlɪʃə/),[1] generally refers to an army or other fighting force that is composed of non-professional fighters; citizens of a nation or subjects of a state or government that can be called upon to enter a combat situation, as opposed to a professional force of regular soldiers or, historically, members of the fighting nobility. Some of the ways the term is used include:

  • Defense activity or service, to protect a community, its territory, property, and laws.[2]
  • The entire able-bodied population of a community, town, county, or state, available to be called to arms.
    • A subset of these who may be legally penalized for failing to respond to a call-up.
    • A subset of these who actually respond to a call-up, regardless of legal obligation.
  • A private, non-government force, not necessarily directly supported or sanctioned by its government.
  • An official reserve army, composed of citizen soldiers. Called by various names in different countries such as; the Army ReserveNational Guard, or state defense forces.

Yep, the term “militia” can and does refer to an official reserve army. So there we go. I guess we regular citizens really don’t have the right to bear arms. But it also mentions a private force not supported or sanctioned by government. Hmmm. Well, that’s confusing. Let’s keep reading through a little, just for the heck of it.

The next phrase is “security of a free State.” Ok. So, how do we define “free State?” Well, we could assume that it means one of our 50 states. But then, if we use the term literally, then Washington, D.C. would be excluded from the Constitution. While D.C. certainly likes to pretend they are not beholden to the same rules as the rest of us, that is not the case. Clearly, the use of “State” here is something a bit more abstract. Let’s consider what the term “free State” meant when our founding fathers were around. During the 18th Century, “free State” was often used by the writers who are known to have substantially influenced the writers of our Constitution and the term was well understood to mean free country, in opposition to despotism.  And let us not forget that Madison’s original proposal included the term “free country” which was later changed to “free State.” This also means that in regards to the Second Amendment, “free State” does not refer to states’ rights, but freedom from despotism. But we’re not here to talk about states’ rights today.

Now, since “free State” means freedom from despotism, then “militia” could not refer to any state force, right? But it could still mean a National Guard, correct? Well, let’s keep going.

We now come to the next and most exciting part yet of the Second Amendment.  I love this phrase, “…the right of the people to keep and bear Arms…,”

The who? That’s right, the PEOPLE! That’s you and me, baby. That’s your mom and your granny and your cousin and your uncle. Not the military. The PEOPLE! Think about it. Think about where these guys came from and from what they were running away. They created a government OF, BY and FOR the PEOPLE! They had freedom in mind and they weren’t in it just halfway. There is no question whatsoever about what the term “people” refers to in our Constitution. It’s all of us. So, that knocks out any illusion of the term “militia” referring to a military. WE are the militia!

Oh, but wait. Wait, it gets better! How, you ask? How could it get any better than that? It does! We’re finally at the dessert portion of this wonderful meal:

“SHALL NOT BE INFRINGED.”

That is a wonderfully beautiful bow on a gift from our founding fathers. But, don’t mistake it for just decoration. It’s far from decoration. It’s the pièce de résistance. The finale and the parting benediction. Shall not be infringed. Shall not be infringed by the government. Shall not be infringed by those who desire to control us. Shall not be infringed by those who think their rights matter more than anyone else’s. SHALL NOT BE INFRINGED.

Oh, and you still want to know why I need an AR-15? It’s none of your damn business. But, look for a future posting on the many reasons you may want one.

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Cucumber Mint Lemonade

Cucumber Mint Lemonade

Cucumber Mint Lemonade

I’m on a lemon roll today. Although, I’ve been obsessed with cucumber lemonade for a long time. I first tried it a few years ago at a local restaurant in Roswell, GA called Relish. Relish has since closed but the cucumber lemonade still lives on in my heart. I have dressed it up with some mint, which is something else I become obsessed with during the warmer months. I love adding it to my tea as well. I love it so much, in fact, that I bought this fantastic Prodyne Infusion Pitcher which allows for the infusion of your choice of herb, fruit, etc into your favorite drink. A lot of people use it to infuse water but I use it for tea and lemonade. Primarily lemonade these days. I’ve been making so much of it that I had to buy two new mint plants this weekend because my current one hasn’t been able to keep up with my mint consumption. It’s a problem, I know.  But it’s oh so good. The cucumber takes out some of the tartness of the lemon and makes it so refreshing and well, the mint just takes it over the top.

So, here’s how you make it (this makes 2.5 quarts):

1. Combine 2 cups sugar with 2 cups water in a saucepan over medium heat. Allow sugar to completely dissolve. This is your simple syrup.

2. Peel 3 large cucumber and roughly chop and add to blender. Liquefy completely, then strain into a large bowl through a colander lined with a paper towel (you could use cheesecloth, but a paper towel will work just fine). Drain completely. You want all juice in the bowl and no pulp.

3. At this point, if you have an infusion pitcher, pour simple syrup, cucumber juice and 3 cups of lemon juice into pitcher. Stir. If you have no infusion pitcher, go ahead and pour simple syrup into pitcher and muddle mint leaves in the bottom to release the oils and then pour in your cucumber and lemon juices.

4. If you have an infusion pitcher, add your mint leaves to the cylinder and you can either muddle slightly or not – muddling will release the oils a little quicker though.

5. Fill rest of pitcher with ice and refrigerate until cold.

Lemon Orzo Salad with Goat Cheese

I figure I’ll share a couple of food stuffs before I dig deep into my political opinions. Today, I made a wonderfully light orzo for lunch. My husband and I went to a local annual food festival, Taste of Marietta, yesterday that provides the opportunity to taste the best of the area restaurants. It’s a great way to find a new restaurant. One of the vendors, a food truck named Freckled & Blue was serving an orzo salad with tomato, basil and feta with a lemon vinaigrette. While I enjoy a good Mediterranean orzo salad and this one was excellent, I wanted something with goat cheese today. I enjoy goat cheese immensely. This is a great dish on its own for lunch or alongside an entrée.

Lemon Orzo Salad with Goat Cheese

Orzo salads are very versatile and can take on so many different forms, making them perfect for Spring and Summer. And they are super easy. To make my Lemon Orzo Salad with Goat Cheese, just follow these easy steps:

1. Cook 1 cup dry orzo according to package directions, drain, rinse to cool and toss in a bowl.

2. Toss in some crumbles of goat cheese (regular or flavored if you’re adventurous!)

3. Add in a tablespoon of Parmesan cheese, a teaspoon of thyme, a teaspoon of lemon pepper seasoning and a few leaves of lemon balm, torn into small pieces.

4. Pour in lemon vinaigrette (recipe below), toss together and enjoy!

Lemon Vinaigrette:

3 tablespoons olive oil

3 tablespoons lemon juice

1/2 teaspoon sugar

1/4 teaspoon sea salt

Combine all four ingredients and whisk until combined. Taste before adding to orzo and adjust based on your preferences – you may want to add in more or less sugar, depending upon how tart you like your lemon.