Gun Control? It’s Time to Stand for Second Amendment Rights

January 28, 2013 by

US Declaration of IndependenceFellow American,

I've held off on this blog about the "gun control" debate for some time. But today I wish to open the subject by asking you a simple question: Do you love liberty?

Do these words from the Declaration of Independence stir your heart even today?

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.

Tell me, has liberty been reduced to an ancient ideal you give lip service to... an appeal to an archaic and nearly forgotten notion of a government run by free men, rather than men run by their government?

Or are you truly prepared to take any action needed to preserve liberty for yourself, your family and your posterity?

Where exactly is your line in the sand?

If you haven't first determined your own convictions on the matter of liberty, you'll never determine where that line should be drawn. And without force of conviction you'll never have the resolve necessary to act when the time comes to defend liberty.

Our forefathers publicly risked everything when they signed the Declaration of Independence. Having counted the cost and relying on God's will to be done, in the effort of preserving liberty they mutually pledged their lives, fortune and sacred honor (in a day when such a thing actually meant something).

Many gave all three as a result.

Today we enjoy the fruits of liberty only because of principled men who were willing to risk all in the cause of freedom. True freedom.

Not lip service that they were quote, unquote "free."

Remember the colonists didn't fight a foreign invader when they took up arms against the British. As British subjects, they fought their own government.

But if you thought these were hot-headed men looking for a fight, you better bone up on your American history.

In fact, the Declaration of Independence itself reminds any who care to read the whole thing that separating from the British Crown was the LAST resort following a "long train of abuses and usurpations" with over two dozen of them explicitly listed.

While I believe our country is nowhere near as free today as it was even at the beginning of my own lifetime, I also don't believe we are experiencing anywhere near the level of abuse from tyrannical rulers that caused our forefathers to fight a War for Independence.

A Shortcut to Tyranny

While there was a long history of oppression and abuse of American colonists before armed resistance began, I believe our forefathers exercised restraint in large part because they recognized they had the ability to take up arms against their oppressors as a last resort.

So what was the proverbial straw that broke the camel's back?

It was the British decision to take away the colonists' arms.

Not necessarily the arms themselves, but the means to use them by confiscating their black powder stores.

Our forefathers had the wisdom to recognize that taking either the guns or the means to use them both equaled disarmament. And they would have none of it.

Citizens of other nations whose previous generations lacked such wisdom would later pay a heavy price. Untold millions who died in Nazi Germany, Red China  and the Soviet Union are only a few recent examples of the horrific consequences of "gun control."

In all, over 55 million were murdered - often by their own governments - in the last century following gun control laws being enacted. After allowing themselves to be disarmed they never stood a fighting chance.

Again, our forefathers recognized this necessary and natural right to self defense. That's why the Second Amendment was added as part of our Bill of Rights to prevent any future national, state or local government from "misconstruction or abuse of its powers" by restricting this fundamental right.

Which brings us to our current crisis.

Local and even state governments are completely ignoring our guaranteed rights. And our federal government is threatening to take the same path.

Effective disarmament doesn't require soldiers or police immediately going door-to-door. It starts more insidiously with steps like mandatory registration of firearms (these lists are invaluable to tyrants), banning the ability to get parts (such as standard-size magazines) or restricting the purchase of ammunition.

The question then becomes: What should we do about it?

Number one, we need to do everything in our power to prevent passage of these kinds of laws:

  • Contact your Senators and Congressman and let them know in no uncertain terms that you will hold them accountable for their votes - and remind them that THEY are the rightful legislators, not President Obama with his Executive Orders.
  • Contact your state legislators and Governor to demand they pass legislation to nullify overreaching federal laws.
  • Contact your sheriff and urge him to honor his sworn oath to uphold the Constitution rather than enforce unconstitutional gun laws - just like over 200 sheriffs around the country have already stated they will do.

This isn't a false alarm, folks. We need to defend liberty now if we hope to preserve it for our children.

Some states, like New York, have already passed measures to trample its citizens' rights in the past month. I'm thankful New York gun owners aren't taking this threat to their liberty lying down.

These kinds of laws may be overturned as unconstitutional. They should be.

But what if they aren't?

What are you going to do if draconian gun laws come to your state? What will you do if the United States Congress and our President pass laws trampling your Constitutionally-protected rights?

Are your convictions in order? Have you drawn your line in the stand? Are you prepared to take action if necessary in defense of liberty?

Should we fail to secure liberty through our elected officials, it appears civil disobedience in defiance of unconstitutional laws is the next step to restoring it.

As a Christian, some may question whether this is proper. I'll remind those with concerns in this area that first, the U.S. Constitution is the supreme law of the land, NOT President Obama, Congress or your state government. Second, I'll also encourage my Christian friends to prayerfully consider the true meaning of Romans 13 submission to government.

I'll close by sharing, with permission, the full text of an invitation towards restoring liberty from James Wesley, Rawles in the event of laws being passed which effectively disarm us or make disarmament relatively simple.

After you read James' invitation, I hope you'll share in the comments below whether or not you're willing to publicly stand with me in defense of liberty. I hope to hear from you!

Nunc Pro Tunc: The Coming Day of Burn Barrels and Blessings

By James Wesley, Rawles

This is a standing invitation to my fellow Americans: If congress ever enacts a law mandating the registration and/or a production ban of detachable magazine semiautomatic rifles then you are hereby invited to the town square of your local community. There, burn barrels will be set up and we will publicly burn Form 4473s, FFL Bound Books, state and local registration records, and the sales receipts for every firearm in the United States. On that same day, FFL holders and public officials holding electronic firearms records will simultaneously erase those records, permanently and irretrievably. (Using special file erasure software such as BlanccoX-Ways, and Stellar Wipe, or though the physical destruction of disk drives.)

Spontaneous Gatherings, Spontaneous Combustion

This burn barrel day--likely to be held the day after the President signs any new draconian legislation--will include speeches, public prayers, and the blessing of those who have gathered by ministers, rabbis, and priests.

The core of the activities on that day will be stalwart public defiance of any new unconstitutional law(s), the open and notorious destruction of records that might be used to enslave us, and vocal public affirmations of solidarity of free men and women, in the face of tyranny. This will be a defining moment for America--a line drawn in the sand. We will forthrightly declare that we will not obey any unconstitutional law and that we will treat it dismissively, as if it had never been enacted -- nunc pro tunc. We will pledge ourselves to the defense of liberty, both individually and collectively. We will vow that if ever called to jury duty, we will nullify any unconstitutional laws, vacating the charges against the accused, in accordance with our long-standing right as jurors. (See: www.FIJA.org.)

The Law is On Our Side

We will publicly re-affirm some long standing precepts of American jurisprudence, to wit:

"The General rule is that an unconstitutional statute, though having the form and name of law is in reality no law, but is wholly void, and ineffective for any purpose; since unconstitutionality dates from the time of it's enactment and not merely from the date of the decision so branding it. An unconstitutional law, in legal contemplation, is as inoperative as if it had never been passed. Such a statute leaves the question that it purports to settle just as it would be had the statute not been enacted.

Since an unconstitutional law is void, the general principles follow that it imposes no duties, confers no rights, creates no office, bestows no power or authority on anyone, affords no protection, and justifies no acts performed under it...

A void act cannot be legally consistent with a valid one. An unconstitutional law cannot operate to supersede any existing valid law. Indeed, insofar as a statute runs counter to the fundamental law of the lend, it is superseded thereby.

No one is bound to obey an unconstitutional law and no courts are bound to enforce it." - 16 Am Jur 2d, Sec 177 late 2d, Sec 256

Never Again!

Recognizing the many sad lessons of civilian disarmament and subsequent genocides in the 20th Century, we will make bold and forthright statement: Never Again! We will not submit to the unlawful decrees of tyrants. We will not meekly go their jails and internment camps. We will fight for our liberty, to our dying breath.

Come Armed, Come Masked

I recommend that all adults who publicly assemble at these burn barrel events do so armed, as is our right. And those who come armed should also wear masks, to protect themselves from malicious prosecution. I plan to wear a Guy Fawkes mask, but you can wear a bandana, face muffler, or the face mask of your choice. Joining you, also wearing masks, will be many mayors, sheriffs and their deputies, chiefs of police and their officers, town council members, clergy, and people of all walks of life. We vastly outnumber the tyrants. The tyrants deserve nothing but our scorn and derision. Their fate is already sealed.

Plausible Denial

After this fateful day has come and gone, FFL holders and public officials will be able to recount: "I had no choice. My records were taken by men with guns who were wearing masks!" (So they'll have no excuse if they don't cooperate with this nationwide display of civil disobedience.)

God Bless The Republic. Down with Tyrants. We Will Prevail!

- James Wesley, Rawles - January 28, 2013

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