Independence Day!

We’re taking the day off today in recognition and celebration of Independence Day. To many people it’s the Fourth of July, a day for grilling and beer and firecrackers, and while I have nothing against any of those elements it’s a holiday deserving deeper appreciation. It is a day to commemorate the overthrowing of oppressive government and of living life free of the dictates of overlords – as they wrote 237 years ago:

…when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.

It is in no way a right and duty limited to the United States, but rather one inherent to all humanity. We just happen to have the fortune of having a particularly eloquent written explanation of it here in the US, along with a group of men willing to act on the idea.

We will return to firearms content tomorrow…