Posted: March 19th, 2011 by Militant Libertarian
The American citizens had better start seriously thinking about this question. Most of you know who “they” are, but just in case, “they” are the U.S. Government, to include all non-government entities under their payroll. If one could see the list of “non-governmental” entities under their payroll, one would realize that the Feds aren’t just too big, they are incredibly obese. Last week, the TSA’s VIPR team went in to a train station, unannounced, and set up a clean search area and began searching people and their luggage. Here were average American citizens, traveling for business and/or pleasure, suddenly being treated like criminals. This was a GLARING violation of the Fourth Amendment, which protects us from being searched without just cause. This is but one story of many, that shows the government is now openly violating our Constitutional rights. The question is, when will they cross the line?
Each day as I go through the many alternate news sites, there are daily reports of how our government employee(s) are openly ignoring the Constitutional rights of our citizens. As I write this, the 4th Amendment is being grossly violated thousands of times a day in our airports. These violations are being expanded to other forms of public transportation and sporting events around the country. The Department of Homeland Security have documented plans to roll out 500 vans equipped with high powered x-ray machines into our cities and on our streets. Janet Napalitano has recently stated that the DHS has the right to spy on citizens who engage in peaceful protest or belong to their lengthy list of “dangerous” organizations. As you can see, the DHS has simply thrown the 4th Amendment on the ground and are proceeding to stomp on it. Americans do nothing, say nothing and just brush it off as part of life.
Americans are a feisty bunch. Their passiveness of government intrusion will come to a point when enough is enough. What that line and when it will be crossed is but a guess, but the forward thinking of our Nations Founders may come to pass in the near future. It’s in our Founder’s words that best explain how their forward thinking resulted in one of the most important Amendments to our Constitution, the 2nd Amendment. The 2nd Amendment has been disputed for a long time, I’m hoping to end that dispute by providing the reasoning behind it’s writing. Let me begin with what some of our Founders said about this right:
“The said Constitution shall never be construed to authorize Congress to prevent the people of the United States who are peaceable citizens from keeping their own arms.” – Sam Adams, as reported in the Philadelphia Independent Gazetteer, August 20, 1879.
“Americans need never fear their government because of the advantage of being armed, which the Americans possess over the people of almost every other nation.” – James Madison
“No free man shall ever be debarred the use of arms. The strongest reason for the people to retain their right to keep and bear arms is as a last resort to protect themselves against tyranny in government.” – Thomas Jefferson
“But there are some persons who would…persuade the people never to make use of their constitutional rights.” – Samuel Adams
And from a more recent and somewhat surprising source; “Certainly one of the chief guarantees of freedom under any government, no matter how popular and respected, is the right of citizens to keep and bear arms.. The right of Citizens to bear arms is just one guarantee against arbitrary government, one more safeguard against the tyranny which now appears remote in America, but which historically has proven to be always possible.” – Hubert H. Humphrey, 1960
While the many quotes can’t all be printed here, it’s easy to understand the thinking of the Founders at the time the Bill of Rights was written. The Bill of Rights was no accident, five of the states that ratified the Constitution also sent demands for a Bill of Rights to Congress. All these demands included a right to keep and bear arms. Notably:
New York: . . . That the People have a right to keep and bear Arms; that a well regulated Militia, including the body of the People capable of bearing Arms, is the proper, natural and safe defence of a free State; That the Militia should not be subject to Martial Law except in time of War, Rebellion or Insurrection. That Standing Armies in time of Peace are dangerous to Liberty, and ought not to be kept up, except in Cases of necessity; and that at all times, the Military should be under strict Subordination to the civil Power.
As you can see, those who brought us Independence were concerned about a standing army as well as a tyrannical government, both of which could be dangerous to the basic freedoms of the people. Yet, there are those who wish to strip us of this right, ignorant of it’s true purpose and meaning. These people, especially those in government are very dangerous to our liberty and freedom and should be watched closely. In recent events, a Government Agent was killed in Mexico, and according to reports, two guns were found at the scene that were sold in the U.S. and smuggled into Mexico. It seems that the drug cartels are now conveniently leaving their weapons at the seen of the crime. And most recently, it has been confirmed that the ATF have been letting this happen for years!
In the 20th Century, countries that have taken the right to bear arms from it’s people, resulted in the deaths of 56 million people in those countries. These atrocities are well documented. Here in America, there are nearly 70 million law abiding gun owners, with 270 million guns in their possession. The sheer numbers are astounding and very important. We must find a way to peaceably remind the DHS and all of government why we have the 2nd Amendment. The ramifications of silence could be deadly. We Americans, for the most part are a peaceful lot, we don’t choose violence, but we will not accept tyranny either. Tyranny is knocking on our door, and as explained by one of the Founders:
“The true importance of the Second Amendment will not be fully understood, until they begin to usurp its power.” – Thomas Jefferson
Now I must ask, “When Will They Cross The Line?”