Editorial -- New Face on Twenty has Many Meanings including Gun Rights

by Placerville Newswire / Apr 21, 2016 / comments

Wednesday, the Department of the Treasury announced that Harriet Tubman will boot Andrew Jackson from the face of the $20.  After months of debate and controversy over how to incorporate a woman's portrait onto the $10 bill, Treasury Secretary Jack Lew announced plans to redesign the $10, $20 and $5 bill. All three denominations will have a female presence. Treasury Secretary Jack Lew also announced Wednesday that Andrew Jackson will move from the front of the $20 to the back, making way for Tubman. She'll become the first black woman ever to front a U.S. banknote.

As you know, Tubman helped to smuggle slaves off of plantations and into freedom. And she carried guns for protection and wasn't afraid to use them. I fully expect liberals to try to change her story.

Harriet Tubman escorted escaped slaves from Democrat (Confederate) slave holders. They followed hidden trails from the Southern States to Slave free northern states.  Lincoln was the 1st Republican (abolitionist/free the slaves) president. Murdered by a Democrat John Wilkes Booth.

Harriet Tubman carried a small pistol with her on her rescue missions, mostly for protection from slave catchers, but also to encourage weak-hearted runaways from turning back and risking the safety of the rest of the group. Tubman carried a sharp-shooters rifle during the Civil War.

Tubman, who died in 1913 at the age of 91, escaped slavery in the south and eventually led hundreds of escaped slaves to freedom as a "conductor" of the Underground Railroad. After the slaves were freed, Tubman was a staunch supporter of a woman's right to vote.

Before the Civil War ended, State “Slave Codes” prohibited slaves from owning guns. After President Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation in 1863, and after the Thirteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution abolishing slavery was adopted and the Civil War ended in 1865, States persisted in prohibiting blacks, now freemen, from owning guns under laws renamed “Black Codes.” They did so on the basis that blacks were not citizens, and thus did not have the same rights, including the right to keep and bear arms protected in the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, as whites. This view was specifically articulated by the U.S. Supreme Court in its infamous 1857 decision in Dred Scott v. Sandford to uphold slavery.

The United States Congress overrode most portions of the Black Codes by passing the Civil Rights Act of 1866. The legislative histories of both the Civil Rights Act and the Fourteenth Amendment, as well as The Special Report of the Anti-Slavery Conference of 1867, are replete with denunciations of those particular statutes that denied blacks equal access to firearms. 

On January 10, 2013, Lew was nominated by President Barack Obama, On February 27, 2013, the Senate confirmed Lew for the position.  Obama's policies are clearly anti-gun ownership by ordinary citizens.  But not all U.S. leaders agree on this point and the 2nd Amendment to the Constitution is clear on the point.  Private gun ownership is to protect the civilian population from the overreach of the Government.

"A free people ought not only to be armed, but disciplined..."
- George Washington, First Annual Address, to both House of Congress, January 8, 1790

"No free man shall ever be debarred the use of arms."
- Thomas Jefferson, Virginia Constitution, Draft 1, 1776

"To disarm the people...[i]s the most effectual way to enslave them."
- George Mason, referencing advice given to the British Parliament by Pennsylvania 

"Before a standing army can rule, the people must be disarmed, as they are in almost every country in Europe. The supreme power in America cannot enforce unjust laws by the sword; because the whole body of the people are armed, and constitute a force superior to any band of regular troops."
- Noah Webster, An Examination of the Leading Principles of the Federal Constitution, October 10, 1787

Asked in 1854 how fugitives [escaped slaves] could best fight back against kidnapping, Frederick Douglass proposed “a good revolver, a steady hand, and a determination to shoot down any man attempting to kidnap.”

Editorial by Cris Alarcon, March 21, 2016.