RIGHT TO BEAR ARMS
“UNDER NO PRETEXT SHOULD ARMS AND AMMUNITION BE SURRENDERED; ANY ATTEMPT TO DISARM THE WORKERS MUST BE FRUSTRATED, BY FORCE IF NECESSARY.”
West Virginians know better than most about the need to arm the working class. Our state’s history is littered with examples of everyday people using their second amendment rights to fight back against an oppressive government.
In 1859, the famed abolitionist John Brown used this right to arm free Blacks, slaves, and anti-slavery whites in their heroic raid on Harpers Ferry armory. This standoff pitted the advocates for justice and equality against an oppressive government. While Brown and his comrades were eventually executed by the state, the right of these everyday citizens to stand against oppression became realized when they had the power to do so.
In 1921, militant miners took up arms against the combined forces of the Baldwin-Felts Detective Agency and the state government. Bombs were dropped on West Virginians from planes while machine guns were mounted to protect agents of the coal companies. The heroic miners who stood firmly for their rights to unionize, for their rights to human dignity, could not have put such pressure on the government and large corporations had it not been for their right to bear arms.
While the Democratic Party wants only the government to have weapons, and the Republican Party wants to increase the militarization of law enforcement, I believe that it is the people who should be armed first and foremost. Until the government gives up their weapons, the workers of this state should not give up theirs.
If elected, I will not vote for any law which limits the freedom of the working class to keep and bear arms, nor will I vote to increase the militarization of law enforcement.