Drawing a Red Line
Thomas Jefferson said “no freeman shall be debarred the use of arms.” He also said “The constitutions of most of our states assert that all power is inherent in the people; that…it is their right and duty to be at all times armed.”
Thomas Jefferson was a smart man.
When the founding fathers came together to unite the colonies into the United States, one of the biggest obstacles they faced was the fear from some state representatives that a federal government would grab power from the states, thus eliminating their autonomy and, over time, becoming the very tyrannical overseers the colonists had just rid themselves of.
As America groans under the burden of more and more crippling legislation, a stagnant economy, a weak White House administration on the world scene, and the thrust of liberal communism, American states are drawing their own red lines, and backing theirs up with action. Blue states like New Jersey, which is considering legislation to limit magazine capacity, and New York, with its erroneously titled SAFE Act (passed with no public input, overnight), are making every effort to move the would-be sheeple towards comfort with anti-constitutional restrictions on the rights they were born with, and that are supposed to be protected by the Constitution and Bill of Rights. Connecticut, taking it even further, has banned many classes of firearms and magazines, and has demanded registration of firearms by law abiding citizens, with the threat of door to door confiscation for those who do not comply. Much to the surprise and chagrin of the liberal Democrat socialist lawmakers of that state, some 85% of gun owners in Connecticut did the unthinkable; they practiced civil disobedience and refused to register. Governor Malloy was not expecting this. Such is the American spirit.
That spirit is evident in other states who, in a growing movement, are writing state legislation to counter the over reach of Uncle Sam. Pro gun legislation is making its way through state senate and house floors or committees in Kentucky, Tennessee, Maine, Kansas, Idaho, Oklahoma, Mississippi, Alabama, Arizona, West Virginia, Utah, Indiana, Ohio, Washington, Alaska, Georgia, and Wyoming.
With the rash of school shootings America has suffered in the last decade, and the anti-gun sentiment liberals have perpetrated as a result, it is interesting to note that Idaho’s Governor Butch Otter (R) just signed Senate Bill 1254 into law. This law, which takes effect July 1, 2014, will allow qualified retired law enforcement officers and law abiding adults who have obtained an Idaho “advanced” concealed carry license to possess a firearm on public college or university campuses. Governor Otter is quoted as saying
“I support the legislature’s determination that the burden of proving the necessity for [constitutional protections] falls not to the citizens exercising their second amendment rights, but rather to any who would seek to limit them.”
This bill, sponsored by state Senator Curt McKenzie, (R) passed the Idaho Senate by a 25-10 vote and the Idaho House of Representative by a 50-19 vote.
Alaska is considering a similar bill. If passed, Senate Bill 176, sponsored by state Senator John Coghill (R), would allow law abiding citizens to possess and carry firearms for self defense on the University of Alaska’s campuses.
The second amendment battle is being fought on every level and a showdown is inevitable. One could argue that it is occurring as we speak. Multiple cases have been pushed to the Supreme Court level, though the Justices have refused to review some. While the SCOTUS has historically upheld the right of citizens to possess firearms within their homes, at question now is whether or not the second amendment guarantees a person’s right to carry that same firearm outside of the home. In mid February, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit ruled that California’s requirement that conceal-carry permits only be issued to those gun owners who have “good cause” to carry a concealed gun in public is an infringement on the second amendment. After all, a person who is interested in self defense (and who isn’t?) has just as much interest in protecting himself in public as in private.
President Obama has made a habit of warning other nations about crossing a “red line”, promising consequences for these offenses. It hasn’t taken long for the nations of the world to realize that those consequences are impotent admonishments from an impotent administration. Today, as Obama and his cronies endeavor to implement the rule of communism in America, patriots in every state are drawing their own red line. Thomas Jefferson noted that “The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants.”
While it is the sincere hope of every patriot that bloodshed will not be necessary to protect our rights, more and more Americans every day are waking up to the realization that our personal rights, and the responsibility that comes with them, cannot be subject to the whims of the would be tsars of Washington DC, or even those in state government. If we stand meekly by while they pat us on the head and tell us everything will be okay if we will just trust them and leave it all to them, we will soon find ourselves working fingers to the bone to hand everything over to them, and then holding our hands out, begging for meager handouts from the very culprits who took what we earned. And we will be subject to their other whims as well, giving them the ability to decide our value, our course in life, and whether or not we should even be allowed to live.
Now is the time to draw our own red line, and dare them to cross it. Let’s just make sure our consequences are ones they don’t want to face.