The SECOND AMENDMENT SISTERS, Inc. came about when a group of women decided they had enough: Enough
of the distortion, enough of the misrepresentation, enough of the reproach from the anti-Second Amendment crowd.
Learning of the Million Mom March (currently the
Bell Campaign, now merging with Handgun Control, Inc.) was
the last straw.
These ladies are what's real about our country, folks! They
organized at the grassroots level with no help from anyone (not even the NRA) to
help protect the Constitutional rights of us all. They are all unpaid
volunteers, standing in the gap against those who seek to erode our
Constitutionally-guaranteed freedoms, and they deserve all of our support!
Please visit them on the Web at www.2asisters.org
- I know you'll be impressed with them as we were!
U.N. PROTEST RALLY SPEECH
JULY 14, 2001
Dag Hammarskjold Plaza
New York City, NY
Second Amendment Sisters
Opening Remarks-Second Amendment Sisters (SAS) was founded by five very brave, patriotic women who where
communicating with each other on the Internet via FreeRepublic.com. For those of you who do not know,
Free Republic.com is a Conservative News Forum on the Internet. It can be found at
www.freerepublic.com. People who post on that forum are
known as FReepers!
A little over sixteen months ago my husband told me I should find the website for this Pro Gun Women's group he had heard
about on the radio. So, during the Internet search the Million Mom March website popped up. From now on, I will only refer
to them as the MMM-because they were not a million, they were not all Moms and they did not march, except in front of the
TV cameras. Well, I had heard about them, but didn't know what they were all about, so I started reading their website. When
I saw "…regardless of the interpretation, the second amendment is irrelevant." That was when I KNEW their true agenda was
NOT protecting children, but rather they were targeting our Second Amendment rights. Sixteen months ago I "stepped up to
the plate" and became the Pennsylvania State Coordinator for the Second Amendment Sisters. I am now the National Press
Body of Speech-When I started with SAS I really didn't know all that much about what was going on. My husband had
introduced me to guns. I had my Concealed Carry Permit. I had no cause to worry about my right to self-defense. But, then I
became educated by more or less a total immersion in the facts. Always, always look for the facts, never take what anyone
presents as "the facts" to be the truth, always go to the source. I have found out that the facts overwhelming on are on "our"
side. The facts bear out the truth of what WE are saying.
I love it when I'm debating someone from the anti-rights groups and I've got them nailed on the facts. They have no way to
counter the facts! Then they resort to, "Well, I know that what I say is the truth!" I call that their "Don't Confuse Me With The
SAS was established in direct response to the MMM and their Mother's Day Rally in Washington, DC in 2000. The main
focus of SAS those first four months was to hold a counter rally at the same time as the MMM. SAS is a true grassroots
effort-to my knowledge the first to organize entirely on the Internet! We were "born" on the Internet, we were organized on the
Internet, and we continue to be an Internet Organization. No one in our organization really met until just two nights before our
Armed Informed Mothers Rally and March in DC in May 2000. We are not an offshoot of the NRA. We are not associated
with any other organization. We do not get money from any other organization. We are, at this point in time, an all unpaid
volunteer organization. We get our money from memberships, donations, and sales of items with our name on it. By the way,
we now have an on line store on our website-check it out! Our website is very easy to remember, it's
SAS puts a whole new face on the so-called "gun debate". I say "so-called" because it's not really about guns; it's really about
our right to self-defense. Boiled down, that's what it's all about, whether or not we, as citizens of the United States of America,
will be able to continue to LEGALLY defend ourselves from enemies foreign and domestic. I stress LEGALLY because we
have the individual right to keep and bear arms whether or not it is written down and allowed by a government. I believe that
the basic human right of self-defense is a God given right. For those of you who question God, then you may see it as a right
since the existence of man, and you know what? You have every right to believe that because we live in the United States of
America, and you still have your 1st Amendment Rights!
Some governments on this planet today profess to be supporters of human rights, yet they do not allow their citizens to have
the most basic of human rights, the right to self-defense. These same governments are now trying to restrict the right to
self-defense of the citizens of the United States of America in the name of ending the violence and killing. Their tactic is nothing
new; we've seen it all too often here in the United States.
Second Amendment Sisters is "no compromise" when it comes to the Second Amendment, our basic human right to
self-defense. There is no room to compromise with someone who is beating you with a baseball bat. There is no room to
compromise with a gun wielding man who has just driven through the front window of the cafeteria where you are having lunch
with your parents. There is no room to compromise when a naked man with a pitchfork cuts your phone line and breaks into
your home. There is no room to compromise when your ex breaks into your mother's home, intent on harming both of you.
There is no room to compromise when an ex-boyfriend is stalking your 17-year-old daughter. There is NO ROOM TO
COMPROMISE OUR SECOND AMENDMENT RIGHTS, OUR BASIC HUMAN RIGHT TO SELF-DEFENSE.
Other governments have compromised their citizens/subjects basic human right to self-defense. In knee jerk reactions many
countries have disarmed their people, and now they are dealing with incredible rises in crime, because, guess what? The
criminals haven't disarmed, and they know that chances are pretty good that their intended victim is not armed! According to
the Home Office- England has only has one quarter of the population of the US, but they now have 75% more rapes than the
The anti-rights groups, you know, the now essentially non-existent MMM, (they announced they were joining with the United
Nations to become the Billion Mom March-do the math! That's laughable! We'll just call them the BM's. They also have joined
or rolled into the former Handgun Control Inc, now called the Brady something or other.). Anyway, the anti-rights groups such
as the BM's, HCI, Pax, Cease-Fire, Silent March etc…all claim that in these countries where legal self-defense with a gun has
been taken away, gun murders and suicides have dropped. Well, yeah, GUN murders and GUN suicides have dropped, but
the overall murders and suicides have either remained the same or increased! Let me spell that out for any of the anti-rights
people-THOSE INTENT ON DOING HARM ARE USING OTHER MEANS and still the end result is the same!
Let me tell you about what can happen when people have there right to legal self-defense taken away. (As I said before, they
still have the right; it's just that their government has made it illegal). In late 1937 and on into early 1938 the Rape of Nanking,
or the Nanking Massacre happened. This was during the Sino-Japanese War; the Japanese had captured Shanghai and were
about to capture Nanking. The Chinese forces retreated from Nanking, leaving the civilians defenseless, as well as leaving
behind nearly 15,000 surrendering Chinese Soldiers. The Japanese exterminated the nearly 15,000 Chinese soldiers. But it is
what happened to the women in Nanking that is even more horrifying. The occupying army systematically gang-raped and
abused every female, no matter the age. This is what comes from only a government having firearms. More people were killed
in the Nanking Massacre than the American armed forces lost during battle in ALL of World War II. Some people will say,
"Well that was war!" I will say, "No, that was the massacre of hundreds of thousands of unarmed men, women, and children."
Yes, war is a nasty business. The Nanking Massacre is merely one of many examples, some in more modern times, of what
can be perpetrated on masses of unarmed people. Governments take away the most effective tool of self-defense, in the name
of public safety, all the while promising to protect it's citizens/subjects. Yes, what happened at Nanking is a larger scale event,
but smaller scale events are happening now, around the world. Governments, for one reason or another cannot protect their
people, and they have taken away all means by which the people can protect themselves! Is it any wonder that crime is on the
rise in disarmed nations? Is it any wonder that genocide is alive and well on this Earth today?
The Constitution of the United States is a contract with the States; the Bill of Rights is a contract with the people. For those of
you who may be a little unclear, the Constitution was not ratified until there was a promise of a Bill of Rights to address the
rights of the people. The Bill of Rights is the first ten amendments to the Constitution and were all adopted at one time. The Bill
of Rights is a written promise to the Citizens of the United States of America that the government will always respect the rights,
which we have as human beings, it does not confer those rights, it respects those rights.
People are literally dying to get into the United States of America. Ask yourself, why is this? The United States enjoys more
freedoms than any other country on earth. The United States has the highest standard of living than any other country on Earth.
On a scale of 1 to 10, compared to any other country, the United States of America is a 10!
If the citizens are disarmed, the criminals will then have the advantage. Women, the handicapped, and the elderly will then
become the victims of choice for many criminals.
ANY law or treaty or anything that denies law-abiding citizens the right to keep and bear arms essentially denies them the right
to self-defense. Women in particular, should pay attention to ANY law that could render them defense-less. Men and women
are different-we are made that way! For the most part men are stronger than most women. A man could easily kill a woman
with his bear hands. When women are allowed to choose to carry a gun, women have equality. Take away a woman's right to
self-defense and you have imposed upon all women a possible death sentence. You would be setting back women's right
hundreds of years. Women would then be at the mercy of any bully. Granted, rape and murder are illegal, but there are people
who still do it. The most effective means of prevention of rape and murder is when a woman is carrying a gun. It has been
estimated that 550 times each and everyday in the United States, a woman prevents a rape by use of a handgun. Think about
that, that's WITH women being allowed, for the most part to carry a gun. How many more rapes will be attempted simply
because the rapist knows that his victim will not be armed?
Waiting periods for guns are killing women. Women who are being stalked first learn that there is nothing the police can legally
do to stop this, secondly they learn that the police can not be their bodyguards, police have NO legal obligation to protect the
individual citizen, and finally, they learn, all too late, that a Protection From Abuse order is merely a piece of paper that allows
the police to charge the subject with an additional violation. Case in point, just last month a woman who had a PFA and was
on the phone with 911 was killed while still on the phone. Did having a PFA or calling 911 save her life? Absolutely not!
Women need to be able to protect themselves and their families. Disarming citizens merely puts women at greater risk for
robbery, assault, rape and even murder. Look at the women in the countries that are trying to disarm us in the name of
protecting us. Do they enjoy the degree of freedom we do? Do the have the degree of equality we do?
A woman has to depend upon herself for protection. The police cannot be there, her father, her brother, her boyfriend, or
husband all cannot always be there to protect her. Are we willing to trade the right every women should have to self-defense in
exchange for so-called governmental security? Are you willing to subject your wives, daughters, mothers, and aunts, to the
mercy of rapists? Because that's what it boils down to.
I've run into men who have taken an anti-gun stance. When I ask them what will they do when someone breaks into their
house, and they are home, I get the same answer time and time again, " I will let them take whatever they want." There are two
problems with this answer-#1 They are assuming that they are still in control, when they say, "I will". They are not in control;
the criminal is in total control if you have no means by which to defend yourself. #2 They are assuming that the only reason the
criminal is there is to take "things". They cannot accept the fact that the criminal may be there to rape their wife or daughter. If
someone breaks into my house while I am there, I certainly don't plan on sitting down and discussing things with him. You
assume they are there to do harm to you or your family. They don't belong there and you have a right to defend yourself and
your family, unless the most effective means of self-defense has been denied to you. This denial of rights has happened in many
large cities throughout the United States. These cities also happen to now enjoy the highest crime rates in the United States.
Detroit, Chicago, Washington DC, and New York City who account for 20% of all murders in the United States!
I was recently in Chicago where I had a rather heated discussion about guns and self-defense with one of my brothers. Once I
confronted him with the facts and figures he asked, "Where did you get those numbers from?" I answered, "From the FBI,
BATF, the CDC, and the National Health Institute (?)" His retort was, "Those don't mean anything. I see it in the papers and
on TV everyday!" and then he walked away. It didn't dawn on me until much later, of course he sees it EVERY DAY, he lives
next to Chicago and Oak Park!
The residents of the City of Chicago are no longer allowed to defend themselves by the most effective means available. The
same holds true for the Village of Oak Park. I spent my childhood in Oak Park, Illinois. I loved it there! It was a great place to
grow up. Now, it has disarmed its residents and crime is rampant. It's not a safe place anymore. The Oak Park I knew in the
60's does not exist anymore, for many reasons. They say you can never go back, well, I do occasionally drive through the old
neighborhood, but only in daylight and with all the doors locked, because, you see, I have no legal right to defend myself by the
most effective means possible in Oak Park, IL.
Unfortunately, this is happening in places across the United States. Even entire states are making it very difficult for citizens to
legally defend themselves. But, let me make this absolutely clear, it is NOT the majority of the people who are willing to submit
to the clearly anti-self defense interests of the few. The anti-self-defense groups happen to get more mainstream media
coverage, thus making it APPEAR that the majority of Americans want these restrictions on our rights. Appearances can be
You have to understand, the media is a business, and they must make a profit in order to continue. So, sensational stories get
more coverage. If it bleeds, it leads, and leads, and leads, and leads, ad
nauseum. Stories such as the elderly neighbor lady who held a male intruder at gunpoint until the police arrived, never even make it into the local newspaper!
I am a Mom, my husband and I have four children between the ages of 8 and 13. We think the United States of America is the
best nation on Earth, and we know that only eternal vigilance will keep it that way. Seventeen months ago I never would have
thought that I would be a National Spokesperson for such a fine and Patriotic organization, nor speaking here today to all of
you. Life is truly unpredictable!
In these past sixteen months I have had the honor to meet some of the greatest Patriots of the 21st Century (I think I stole that
term from Charlton Heston). I have met such people as Juli Bednarzyk,
Deb Wasilewski, Mari Thompson, Kim Watson, Dianne Sawyer
(with 2 "n"s in Dianne)-all Founders of the Second Amendment Sisters, John
Lott-author of More Guns Less Crime, I have met Joseph Tartato and his daughter
Peggy-from Second Amendment Foundation, Alan Gottlieb and his wife
JuliAnn-from Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms, Larry Pratt
of Gun Owners of America, Sheriff Richard Mack-who took the Brady Bill all the way to the Supreme Court and won,
Kenn Blanchard, author of Black Man with a Gun, Wayne LaPierre, James Jay
Baker, Susan Howard, Marion Hammer, Tanya Metaksa and others all from the
NRA, Charlton Heston-who told our Dianne Sawyer, "You guys keep doing what you're doing!" The people who put together
"Concord 2000 and the Rally in the Valley", Poker Face, Aaron Kait of Jews USA,
J.J. Johnson of the Sierra Times, Neal Knox, Paxton Quigley author of
Armed and Female, Senator Larry Craig, Representative Bob
Barr, J. Neil Shulman-author of "Self-Control, not Gun
Control", Rick Mase and Phil Longden of TRT, Jim Clymer and others from the
Constitution Party, and many, many others who are out there everyday working to keep our Second Amendment Rights, and the
Freedoms it guarantees, intact.
I have mentioned these names to show you that it is not just the NRA that is standing up for our right to keep and bear arms; it
is a cross section of America. We don't all have the same way of going about it, but we are all making a difference. Differences
in how we are doing it, yes, but what brings us all together is our PASSION to protect our Second Amendment Rights, which,
when you look at it is the key to all our other rights, including the right to free speech under the First Amendment! The Second
Amendment is the backbone of the Bill of Rights and it's the Bill of Rights, which supports our Constitution. The people who
want to take away our Second Amendment Rights know this, and so do we!
Okay, now what can you do? Do what you can! There is always room for you to do more. Look at me, I had no time to be an
activist 17 months ago, I still have no time, but I am doing it! Write to your Congress-people, write to your State
Representatives, write to your newspapers, call people, volunteer for a Pro Second Amendment Candidate, become a
Candidate, get involved! Ask your friends if they are registered to vote, if they are not, give them voter registration forms. Join
as many Pro-Second Amendment organizations as you can afford! You don't have to be Jewish to join Jews for the
Preservation of Firearms Ownership, nor do you have to be a woman to join the Second Amendment Sisters-which I highly
recommend everyone here today do! If you have extra money, donate it! (Hopefully to SAS-wink, wink).
Bottom line is, start acting like Citizens of the United States of America! We are blessed beyond belief in the country, but
blessings need attention, or they will no longer exist!
I call on each one of you here today, those within the sound of my voice, and those reading my words to become Patriots of
the 21st Century! You are citizens of the greatest nation on Earth, be proud and protect it.
Thank you, and "Happy Trails!"
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