Sunday, May 13, 2012

Reprise: Iver Johnson & the Second Amendment

Among the most popular posts here on KintlaLake Blog is "Castle Doctrine, with a Norwegian accent." It features a 1917 ad for Iver Johnson's Arms & Cycle Works, noting its unapologetic expression of a citizen's right to defend home and family.

Here's another, clipped from a 1922 issue of Hearst's International:

The ad's bold headline -- "Self-preservation is the first law" -- sets the table for the copy that follows:
"Our forefathers who framed the Constitution of the United States recognized the right of citizens to protect their persons and property.

"And so the second amendment was inserted, which says, '...the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.'"
If Iver Johnson or his sons were around today, I'd like to think that they'd be advocating for our Second Amendment rights -- with or without a commercial interest, political correctness be damned.