November 11th is Veterans’ Day in the United States, and Ignatius Piazza, the founder and director of the nation’s largest, most successful gun training school, is taking the time to make tribute to all those who have served this fine nation and upheld our tradition of democratic ideals, freedom, equality and liberty. Recognition of Veterans’ Day is a personal affair, but also a day worthy of introspection, regardless of one’s military experience or loss of loved ones to the tragedy of war. There are certain documents, ideas, ideals, traditions and expectations that make up this home of ours, this nation which protects and supports we 310 million Americans.
Among those ideals and perspectives is what is sometimes called Manifest Destiny. This word is sometimes used derisively in the study of history – the “Manifest Destiny” of early 19th and 20th centuries is often viewed as imperialistic, land-grabbing, greedy and profiteering. But Manifest Destiny means only one thing: a firm belief that we as Americans, and America as a whole, is meant for something grander, something greater than just to be another country. That conviction may have, in the past, been interpreted badly, but we choose to view America’s Manifest Destiny as a beautiful thing. Our standard of living, access to and quality of education, income levels, literacy rate, road, rail & transportation quality and public health is all leagues above other nations, even those in the “first world”.
Americans improve. Americans take chances. Americans look at what is, and imagine what it should be. Americans have fighters’ spirits. Our Founding documents include mention of many things, many ideals. These documents have withstood the test of 250 years of progress, development and cultural evolution. It is to these documents that our law-makers and judges look when they decide upon a course of action, and it is to these documents we must never veer. Veterans’ Day can help us to remember that.
One of those hallowed documents is the Bill of Rights, the original 10 Amendments to our Constitution, the highest Law of the Land. Each of those amendments was meant to doubly verify that certain rights and liberties owed to us as human beings (not simply citizens of the United States), were maintained. The second right listed in that document is the right to bear arms – or in modern lingo, to keep weapons. The Second Amendment states clearly that citizens have the right to firearms and weapons, and that right can never be taken away or reduced by Congress. There are many people who will give you many reasons for the need for this Amendment: some will say it’s to protect against the federal government, should it become oppressive. Some say it’s to protect against a foreign invader, should America need its sons and daughters to defend the homeland. Some say it’s to protect individual lives from bandits, thieves and murderers. No matter the reason, the document is valid and remains in tact to this day.
That document has come under fire for many years, and the struggle to keep it in its fullest interpretation goes on almost daily in the courthouses and legislatures of this country. One man is notable for standing particularly tall against the onslaught of attempts to whittle down the rights the Second Amendment protects: Dr. Ignatius Piazza. Small surprise that a gun training school would have interest in maintaining gun rights for Americans, but their reasons are not profit. Ignatius Piazza fights for Second Amendment rights because he knows the evils and harms that can befall a society without weapons. Whether those dangers are foreign or domestic, firearms are the single most effective personal tool to prevent loss of life, liberty or property.
Do you stand on the side of liberty, equality and inalienable rights? Do you consider a simple interpretation of the Bill of Rights to be the accurate one? Do you view the continuous degradation of rights and liberties, particularly those protected by the Second Amendment as a danger to our American way of life? Then you owe it to yourself, your children and your country to find out what Ignatius Piazza is doing to protect those rights. Gun training is just the beginning; knowledge and responsibility necessarily follow. And Ignatius Piazza envisions a responsible, ethical, safe, gun-carrying America.