Colonial American Gun Culture and the Rights of Englishmen

Genuine American gun culture comes from our rights as Englishmen, as guaranteed by the Crown. This should automatically clear up why New Hampshire has great gun laws and Maryland doesn’t, for those who know history. New Hampshire was established by John Mason under the authority and charter of King James’ Privy Council. Mason was an English sailor, cartographer, and most notably of all, a God-fearing and zealous Anglican. If you’re wondering what kept Vermont relatively sane, I’d call your attention to the fact that Vermont was a frontier state settled largely by families from New Hampshire. One might look at New Hampshire and Vermont as islands of relative sanity adrift in an ocean of Unitarian-Puritanical Dissenter perversion.

Maryland, on the other hand, was Chartered to Lord Baltimore who sought to create a homeland for “English Catholics,” by which he meant “English Roman Catholics,” for Anglicans are as Catholic as the Eastern Orthodox, although neither Roman nor of Eastern liturgy. Notable in the history is Maryland’s early border disputes with Pennsylvania, Virginia, and even New York (engaging in a border dispute with a territory whose nearest border stands over 100 miles away takes gumption on the part of at least one party). The Maryland constitution included no mention at all of “the right to bear arms.” Maryland, though, has a Southern culture and Baltimore stood long as one of the jewels in the crown of the South. The distinction between Maryland and the rest comes from the fact that the Southern colonies and states, and their laws and customs, were established almost exclusively by Anglican Royalists and patriots of House Stuarts’ reign in England.

Why should the lack of firearm culture in non-Anglican dominant colonies fail to surprise you? Because the notion of the right comes from the notion of the obligation. The kings of England, in both 1252, and 1363, declared the *obligation* of subjects, both rich and poor, to practice archery so that England would always have a standing army of size to defend against nations with far larger populations and that a professional military might be recruited from the best. Both Papists and Dissenters took dim views of this as England progressed and ceded from Roman foreign authority and cultivated its own historical sense of catholicity. To discuss the “bearing of arms” would have sounded to a Marylander or a citizen of Salem as palatable as an “All Hail and Good Health to King George” in the early 1700s. In short, to them weapons are for deposing the forces of order and can then be dispensed with whenever you acquire whatever form of government you desire, be it a papal backwater on the edge of Europe, or a proto-Trotskyist commonwealth. Ironically, the English tradition of arming against outside incursion formed the best defense against internal abuses as well, and so the eternal vigilance of the loyal peasant and his preparedness and willingness to do violence to maintain his way of life acted as a deterrent to both French *and* English royalty and nobility.

Ironically, it was the colonists descended from Englishmen, wholly opposed to Republican government, who were capable of perpetuating the discipline and gravity required to maintain a Republican government and nation.

-By James


    1. Quite the opposite, in fact. The Stuart Kings were largely sympathetic to the Roman Catholic cause and many practiced Roman Catholicism in private although honoring the Celtic-Anglo Catholic Church of the nation which they ruled and wished to grant free exercise of religion to English Roman Catholics in the new world, much as they did the Dissenters in New England. It was a gesture of goodwill towards all English Roman Catholics that Lord Baltimore be chartered the colony of Maryland and that English Roman Catholics might have save haven in the New World.

      Much of modern Maryland is a perversion of justice as our favorite desert tribe has decamped in Baltimore County with their drooling Dissenter servants (history is poetry, and as Cromwell sowed the regrets of England, so his kinsmen did here). Maryland did have an armed tradition after a fashion, but it was not based on the English yeoman practice and so even as early as the 1880s there were prohibitions on the carry of firearms in Maryland without “due cause.” And to this day, housing one of the murder capitols of the developed world fails to constitute “due cause” for going armed in a state where the police cannot enforce (and are prohibited from enforcing) order.