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Published on Apr 26, 2008
My hero, Mr. Charlton Heston. "From my cold dead hands"
THE SECOND AMENDMENT VINDICATED!
The Court said; "'The people' . . . unambiguously refers to all members of the political community" and "The very text of the Second Amendment implicitly recognizes the pre-existence of the right and declares only that it 'shall not be infringed.'" -United States Supreme Court http://www.newsbull.com/forum/topic.a...
Charlton Heston's closing remarks at the 2000 NRA annual meeting in Charlotte North Carolina. He was a very fine American. Those five words; From MY Cold Dead Hands.
This man was a true Patriot. Freedom of the individual. Governments derive their just power from the governed (the people). People should not fear their government, their government should fear the people.
He believed in personal freedom so much that he gave the last good years of his life to freedoms cause. He was basically spat on by the not so far left, and ridiculed by the left. He definitely served his country well.
Back during this speech the NRA was having internal conflicts about how to fight those who would take our liberties away. Some were of the notion that we had to be bold and radical in defending our rights no matter who we offended, while others wanted a more balanced approach that didn't alienate the average gun owner. Mr Heston gave to us the last good years of his life bringing the NRA back together and making it the force for freedom that it is today, and I thank him for that. He served his country well. jbranstetter04
High court strikes down gun ban.
District of Columbia v. Heller
Associate Justice of the Supreme Court Antonin Gregory Scalia
"Undoubtedly some think that the Second Amendment is outmoded in a society where our standing army is the pride of our nation, where well-trained police forces provide personal security and where gun violence is a serious problem," Scalia wrote. "That is perhaps debatable, but what is not debatable is that it is not the role of this court to pronounce the Second Amendment extinct."
"Every time our country stands in the path of danger, an instinct seems to summon her finest first — those who truly understand her. "When freedom shivers in the cold shadow of true peril, it's always the patriots who first hear the call. "When loss of liberty is looming, as it is now, the siren sounds first in the hearts of freedom's vanguard. The smoke in the air of our Concord bridges and Pearl Harbors is always smelled first by the farmers, who come from their simple homes to find the fire, and fight, because they know that sacred stuff resides in that wooden stock and blued steel -- something that gives the most common man the most uncommon of freedoms. "When ordinary hands can possess such an extraordinary instrument, that symbolizes the full measure of human dignity and liberty. That's why those five words issue an irresistible call to us all, and we muster. So -- so, as, ah, we set out this year to defeat the divisive forces that would take freedom away, I want to say those fighting words for everyone within the sound of my voice to hear and to heed -- and especially for you, Mister Gore: From my cold dead hands!"
Charlton Heston (born John Charles Carter; October 4, 1923 -- April 5, 2008) was an American actor of film, theater and television. Heston is known for having played heroic roles, such as Moses in The Ten Commandments, Colonel George Taylor in Planet of the Apes and Judah Ben-Hur in Ben-Hur, for which he won the Academy Award for Best Actor. He was one of a handful of Hollywood actors to speak openly against racism and was an active supporter of the Civil Rights Movement in the 1950s and 1960s. Initially a liberal Democrat, he later supported conservative politics and was president of the National Rifle Association from 1998 to 2003.
Heston campaigned for Presidential candidate Adlai Stevenson in 1956 and John F. Kennedy in 1960. Reportedly when an Oklahoma movie theater premiering his movie El Cid was segregated, he joined a picket line outside in 1961. Heston makes no reference to this in his autobiography, but describes traveling to Oklahoma City to picket segregated restaurants, much to the chagrin of Allied Artists, the producers of El Cid. During the civil rights march held in Washington, D.C. in 1963, he accompanied Martin Luther King Jr. In later speeches, Heston said he helped the civil rights cause, "long before Hollywood found it fashionable."