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Alexander's Column – November 29, 2012
American Patriots and Guns
All Patriots Are Obligated to Be Armed and Ready
"The right of the citizens to keep and bear arms has justly been considered as the palladium of the liberties of a republic." --Joseph Story
On the most recent "Black Friday," the day after Thanksgiving, which has become the biggest commercial sales day of the year, despite the continuing economic decline, there were record sales in one notable product category: Guns.
According to Stephen Fischer, director of the FBI's National Instant Criminal Background Check System, "NICS experienced its highest number of transactions processed since system inception [in 1998], with 154,873, which is nearly 20 percent over the 129,166 processed on Black Friday 2011." This year's total checks will undoubtedly beat last year's record of 16.4 million.
In fact, the top 10 record gun sales days have occurred since Barack Obama's election in 2008, and gun ownership has skyrocketed over the last four years. According to a worldwide survey conducted the year before Obama's election, though the United States had only 5% of the world's population, Americans owned 50% of the world's guns. Of course, unlike virtually every other nation, Americans are ensured the incontrovertible right to arm themselves.
The current estimate of legally and privately held guns in the U.S. is more than 250 million (the average gun-owning household having three guns).
With that as a backdrop, I was asked this week if Patriots have an obligation to arm themselves -- to be gun owners, and be proficient at the use of arms. I thought at first the question was rhetorical, but after some consideration, I realize that there are millions of grassroots Patriots who are NOT among the 60 million plus Patriots who are already law-abiding gun owners.
Apparently, the question needs to be addressed, as the answer may not be as obvious to some folks as it should be. By way of responding to this question, let me first briefly reiterate the historical and enduring case for gun ownership, which is as relevant today and tomorrow as it was at the dawn of our national founding.
First, it is "self-evident" that Liberty is an "unalienable right," innately assured as "endowed by our Creator." In other words, it is not awarded by men or government; it is the birthright of all people.
Second, as history records countless examples of men using the power of government to arbitrarily revoke Liberty and invoke tyranny, our Founders understood that, in the words of John Adams, "liberty must at all hazards be supported." Adams continued, "We have a right to it, derived from our Maker. But if we had not, our fathers have earned and bought it for us, at the expense of their ease, their estates, their pleasure, and their blood."
Thus, all American Patriots today, those imbued with the spirit of Liberty that has motivated Patriots since 1776, must be prepared to defend both individual and corporate Liberty, to defend the Rule of Law over the rule of men.
Of the ability to defend Liberty, James Madison wrote, "The ultimate authority ... resides in the people alone. ... The advantage of being armed, which the Americans possess over the people of almost every other nation ... forms a barrier against the enterprises of ambition." (Federalist No. 46)
To ensure that advantage, our Founders enumerated a constitutional prohibition on government interference with that barrier, the Second Amendment, affirming, "the right of the people to keep and bear Arms shall not be infringed."
In his exhaustive "Commentaries on the Constitution," Madison's Supreme Court Justice, Joseph Story, wrote, "The right of the citizens to keep and bear arms has justly been considered as the palladium of the liberties of a republic; since it offers a strong moral check against the usurpation and arbitrary power of rulers; and will generally, even if these are successful in the first instance, enable the people to resist and triumph over them."
In other words, gun ownership is not about "the tradition of hunting" as Barack Obama claimed recently, unless he was referring to hunting those who infringe on the inalienable rights of man. Of course, Liberty is the antithesis of statism, which is why Obama and his socialist Democrat cadres are endeavoring to undermine the Second Amendment.
Obama has asserted erroneously, "The vast majority of Americans would like to see serious gun control, [but] it doesn't pass because there is this huge disconnect between what people think and what legislators think and are willing to act upon." His disdain for grassroots gun owners was summed up in his unguarded remarks to campaign donors in 2008, when he said that they "cling to guns or religion or antipathy to people who aren't like them or anti-immigrant sentiment or anti-trade sentiment as a way to explain their frustrations."
Thus, I expect to see new second term Obama administration proposals endeavoring to implement incremental encroachments on the Second Amendment. However, Obama's most coveted gun control objective would be to rally two-thirds of the Senate next year for passage of the United Nations' Arms Trade Treaty regulating small arms. The ATT is a Trojan Horse. While it ostensibly exempts domestic gun sales and ownership in the U.S., with the stroke of a pen, it could implement severe gun restrictions and even confiscations -- an end run on the Second Amendment that would provide political cover for gun-grabbing Leftists in the Senate and House.
Indeed, as summed up by Sen. Rand Paul, "The day after his re-election, Obama's UN delegation voted for a renewed effort to pass the Small Arms Treaty. This effort by globalists to undermine our Constitution is set to reconvene March 18th-28th in order to pass the final version of the treaty that will be sent to the Senate for ratification. Make no mistake, they will ultimately register, ban and CONFISCATE firearms owned by private citizens. Not long ago, Obama told Sarah Brady from the anti-gun Brady Campaign, 'I just want you to know that we are working on [gun control]. We have to go through a few processes, but under the radar.'"
In regard to gun confiscation, I recommend that Obama pick up an American History text, one that has not been "revised" by teacher or librarian unions, and read about the first American Revolution. He will find that it commenced with "the shot heard round the world," as immortalized by poet Ralph Waldo Emerson -- a shot fired by Patriots at the Massachusetts governor's enforcers, who were sent to Concord with orders to confiscate and destroy militia arms. There is a subtle lesson there...
(Sidebar: On the subject of revisions, next week Obama's UN delegation will meet with the UN agency overseeing global telecommunications, the International Telecommunications Union, to revise Internet regulations.)
Clearly the surge in gun sales and ownership over the last four years has been driven by Obama's agenda to implement new "gun control" measures, which are, of course, not about guns but about control, as tragically demonstrated by the appalling record of genocide meted out by tyrants toward those who had no means of self defense.
According to gun-rights expert, Professor Raymond Kessler, J.D., "In truth, attempts to regulate the civilian possession of firearms have five political functions. They increase citizen reliance on government and tolerance of increased police powers and abuse; help prevent opposition to the government; facilitate repressive action by government and its allies; lessen the pressure for major or radical reform; and can be selectively enforced against those perceived to be a threat to government."
So, given that Liberty must be supported and defended at all hazards, and given the current assault on gun ownership, consider again the question, "Do Patriots have an obligation to arm themselves -- to be gun owners, and be proficient at the use of arms?"
The answer is, emphatically and absolutely, YES. Moreover, I would argue that it is the responsibility of all gun-owning Patriots to educate their like-minded family and friends about the overarching rationale for gun ownership -- the ability to defend Liberty -- and to encourage them to become responsible gun owners.
I know many Patriots who, since Obama's election, have become first-time gun owners. The fact that 49 states authorize carry permits, 41 of those being "shall issue" states providing on-demand concealed-carry permits to law-abiding citizens, has encouraged that trend. The lone state denying the right to carry is, naturally, Obama's state of residence, Illinois.
In recent years, I've proudly encouraged and assisted dozens of Patriot friends to become responsible gun owners. One of those "new" gun owners was my wife, who, along with six other women friends, took the required training and now has her carry permit. Each of my children is also a gun owner. (My oldest son, an Air Force Cadet, is an outstanding shooter. The weapons of my two minor children only come out under strict supervision, but my 13-year-old already shoots a very tight pattern at 100 meters with his M-4.)
One of my wife's friends said that when some of her liberal family members came to visit recently (one of those tragic "mixed families"), they got wind that she now owns not one, but three guns. Her brother inquired, "Why would anyone own three guns?" Without missing a beat, she replied, "Because I can!" (That has got to rank first among the most cutting and concise rebuttals I have ever heard.)
And on that note, three other friends, who grew up in former Soviet satellite states, told me that after becoming U.S. citizens (the old fashioned way -- legally), the first thing they did was obtain their right-to-carry permits. They each have a fuller appreciation for that right.
So, how do dedicated Patriots who are not familiar with firearms make the leap to gun ownership and proficiency?
I received a letter this week from a reader among our Patriot ranks, who included a brief history of how his whole family made the transition from non-gun owners to never leaving home without one. I have included a brief excerpt of his story in order that it might help others make that transition.
He writes, "Growing up in Chicago, where guns were outlawed and only outlaws had guns, when the topic of guns came up, my parents replied, 'Only gangsters and hunters carry guns -- and we are neither.'" Given this prohibitive backdrop, I invite you to read the rest of his Second Amendment testimony.
For the record, when it comes to Liberty, I would much prefer constitutional restoration over insurrection -- if the former is achievable. (I've been around a few revolutions in Africa and the Middle East, so I'm well aware of the violence that accompanies the latter course.) But as current day American Patriots, we all have an obligation to not only stand ready to defend our family and property, but moreover to defend Liberty.
I'll leave you, then, with these words from Thomas Jefferson on both the individual right of self-defense, and the corporate responsibility to uphold Liberty.
Quoting 18th-century Italian jurist and philosopher Cesare Beccaria in his "Commonplace Book," Jefferson wrote, "Laws that forbid the carrying of arms ... disarm only those who are neither inclined nor determined to commit crimes. Such laws make things worse for the assaulted and better for the assailants; they serve rather to encourage than to prevent homicides, for an unarmed man may be attacked with greater confidence than an armed man."
Regarding our corporate obligation in defense of Liberty, Jefferson wrote, "What country can preserve its liberties, if their rulers are not warned from time to time that their people preserve the spirit of resistance? Let them take arms."
Pro Deo et Constitutione — Libertas aut Mors
(Please pray for our Armed Forces standing in harm's way around the world, and for their families -- especially families of those fallen Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, Marines and Coast Guardsmen, who granted their lives in defense of American liberty.)
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I often worry that we're dying breed, but the good news of younger generations getting involved breathes life into the republic for which we stand. It’s the only way to perpetuate our established and mature nation.
Absolutely agreed. Some times I just write them off considering the education system that exists to day.
I don’t have kids of my own but lots of nieces and nephews and I used to always try and get my sisters to stand up to the system and not let them teach their kids things.
I finally just gave up.
I am always encouraged and do what I can to share, promote a young person that wants to learn the truth, take a stand, and make a difference and so on.
Didn't know,Good to know.With out a doubt.
Although I'm a bow hunter and have been my entire life ( that's a long time ) and grew up in a gun shop I have owned hundreds of guns , mostly for resale . Shot for the Federal Corporation many years back in Trap and Skeet and also for some time in the military .
I own several guns but rarely use them and I won't tolerate others telling me that I can't have them . Just bought a .300 Remington Ultra Mag with a mill dot 6-16 power scope . It's a reach out to touch " something " rifle that I really had no intention of purchasing and I bought it because " I could " .
We really don't have a Left problem or a Right problem , we have a citizen problem . When people understand the power they possess only then will we be able to address the problems we have today and that certainly includes our 2nd Amendment rights . I can not reconcile or believe why the folks are fixated on DC when your own domain , your County and your State is where the fight should be .
DC will not change and it didn't matter who won the elections , we'd still be dictated to and our freedoms would still be in jeopardy . If you believe there is a difference then you are lost .
Secession and nullification are being talked about but it is folly without your beliefs being changed , that you have that power .
I appreciate the article and the many like it that are circulating among the "choir." But I am beginning to wonder if the article's focus is the most proper response. I believe we need to be armed and prepared for a fight with a US-Marxist government. But the mentality seems to be to be armed to stand one's ground. There is a time to stand but there is a time to withdraw to consolidate strengths. I am using my knowledge of guerrilla warfare as the basis here. I was USAF Security police (law enforcement) and I was trained by the 10th SF in guerrilla warfare. I was located in Germany during the early eighties when Germany and Berlin were divided and the threat of WW3 was real. Germany was the front line. We armed ourselves but we a number of us also prepared to live in enemy-occupied country by learning how to guerrilla warfare tactics, hunting, fishing and "spreading the wealth" from the enemy to our hands. Additionally, we were taught to always to attempt to communicate with other groups and create safe-havens from which to operate. I am concerned that the stand your ground mentality will actually make it easier for patriots to be picked off by small units. Rather it would seem we all ought to focus on how to live when the food prices are exorbitant, supplies are out of our reach and creating safe-havens to which patriots can retire to gather strength and force the issue. Any thoughts?
Bo , You're right on the mark . Single we're had and no problem for them and of course that's what they want . Being part of a group is the or should be the ultimate in what is needed .
I'm prepared very well in most situations but it is the unknown that I worry about . There are weapons and not necessarily guns that could be brought on us and just as lethal .
Thanks Dennis. But that is the beauty of guerrilla warfare. This form of warfare nullifies a lot of the advantages (weapons, support, etc) that a standing army might try to bring against the guerrillas. It also advantagizes the weapons possessed by the guerrillas. Just some thoughts.
Bo , Been through maybe the same training or at least similar . We have a few recent (less than ten years) marines and a few army that have been familiarizing us with counter measures on infrared and other things we have to know . I'm not as mobile as I'd like but that's also something that can be overcome to a degree . Just pray it won't come to that but people better prepare anyway for what many think is inevitable and I guess I'm one of those .
IT'S TOO LATE! We are living in perilous times. OK, buy guns, store food, build bunkers and start shootin' to save the country then let's say, Civil war breaks out all across America, what's going to take place and what happens if we win? First of all this is what uncle obama wants (NOTE: When I refer to obama I am talking about all evil men and all evil things they want to do to us.) so he has an excuse to release certain viruses they have prepared to take out a few million, then cut off the food and water supply to take out several million more, then have the U.N. come in with their butchers and chop a lot of heads off and then who ever is left that is or was a patriot will have to reap the hollow points. IT'S TOO LATE! There has been many attacks on "We the People," the Constitution and our way of life, and NOT one person came to their rescue because our leaders and MSM saw to it that America became complacent, unconcerned with politics. Boy are we ever engaged now! Roe vs. Wade was pretty much the start of it all and no one fought it, God taken out of everything and we let that slide, Judge Roy Moore was trying to keep the Ten Commandments in the courts and very few remember him and should realize that a man like him should have led us back to a Godly nation, but nooooooooooo we can't have Godly men running our country. LTC Terry Lakin went to prison, and many more outrageous events against patriotism, against honor for God and country went ignored. They (NWO) are in position to accomplish their pre-planned agenda but I firmly believe God will not allow it to come to that. He will take His bride, His Church, His people out of the equation. So have your little war and watch most all of America get wiped out, even the libtards who voted for this regime will pay dearly. You can then say you went down fighting, but there will be no one left to build the memorials for the millions of hero's, past, and present. When the poop hits the fan, I will hang in there with you as long as I can trying to save Liberty, but the only real hope is Jesus, He is my Ark. So the bottom line is that they want the world population to be around 500,000,000 of the most ungodly people to survive all this havoc coming to America and around the world. I am sure most of the trillions of dollars have gone to building many underground bunkers all over the world so their elite asses can survive their vision of depopulation, but that's not exactly correct. Folks we are in the last days and I am sure you know the rest of the story because it's been told for thousands of years and still many people believe that smith and wesson is their savior. Good luck. As I told some evil people around me, "if your children suddenly disappear, don't worry about them, Jesus came and got them, they are safe with Him, so don't go running around like chickens with your heads cut off." "Love His appearing."
danE , I'm mostly in agreement with you but I pray Jesus holds off for a while .
You are right about going underground by the elites as shown recently by Jessie Ventura on his show "Conspiracy Theory" . Built by the Luminati and owned by a past (present?) CIA officer by the name of Huff . Jessie infiltrated this underground facility and it is immense , millions of sq ft . , literal highways and some say go for thousands of miles , built in the Ozarks .
You're right on the mark with food , water and electricity . Many will go to trade their guns to keep these items flowing so their kids can have a full belly . A couple of years back Jr. Officers of the Army went into small towns to learn the art of running all the things that make a city run .
It's too late ? Are we close to the apocalypse ? The same could have been said of George Washington when he went across the Potomic . We have no idea but seems to be going towards that end . I've been a competitor my whole life , in sports and in business and hate losing . I will not go lightly . It is up to you if you survive or not and if you're not prepared now or at least soon you will be one of those that don't survive but become a casualty of your own making .
We've heard this so often yet many I talk with are not even close to being prepared and trust me , they will never be , still in a dream world that the Government would never do such a thing .
Now if the Lord accepts me I will surely go but let me go with an empty magazine and hot barrel .
ryan , I'm in agreement however the rest of the folks are just as bad . Their thoughts are on the right track but their methods are worse than the left and why we lost the elections even though fraud didn't help .
The right was screaming a few years back for help , for someone to lead and when some help was offered they squelched on the deal .
The fix for this mess we're in can be be fixed yet no one seems to know law and no one even when presented with it can understand it because of " Cognitive Dissonance " , a deadly thought process . We have over the years been boondoggled into thinking DC is the problem and can only be fixed there . Folly !
It's very simple in theory to change things around and our Founding Fathers believed in it and constructed our Constitution and Country using it and are scratching their heads in their graves why we don't use it ! Most people are like Lawyers . You can tell em' but you can't tell em' much .