By Frank Jack Fiamingo
New Jersey –-(Ammoland.com)- As any casual student of American history can tell you, the people of New Jersey played an essential role in the fight against British oppression and the successful fight for Independence from British Rule.
Our ancestors fought and died for Individual Freedom and Responsibility. They did not want a foreign King to control of their fate. Many of them also loathed the concept of a strong federal government and believed that the individual people of New Jersey should be free to determine their own destiny.
That spirit still persists today in the hearts of those of us who believe we are the masters of our own destiny and as such, are responsible for our own lives and the lives of those we love. We believe as our ancestors did in a Constitutional Republic based on individual human rights and not on governmental supremacy. We believe in government of, by and especially, for the people. Any other form of government is abhorrent to us.
However, today we are subject to an ever more bloated, bureaucratic, state government unimaginable to those who fought for our Independence.
We face a number of challenges going into this New Year. Of course we will continue to fight to eliminate the obstacles imposed by the three branches of NJ government upon our legitimate Constitutional right to keep and bear arms. Although we yearn to see the redress of our grievances addressed by the Supreme Court of the United States, we cannot sit idly by waiting for the slow, grinding wheels of “justice” to turn in our direction. Those of us who are involved in the movement on a daily basis understand that aside from some judicial stroke of good fortune, the way to obtain our goal is to win the hearts and minds of our fellow New Jersey residents.
Nature often (if not always) runs in a cycle. We often here of something referred to as “homeostasis“. Just as water tends to seek its own level, Nature does not usually allow for uncontested imbalances in its various systems. Society is such a system. Comprised as it is of individuals, the behavior of a society will tend to shift as necessary to maintain a “balance“. There is little doubt that there are times a catastrophic event must take place before a system can regain its balance, but not always.
What does all this have to do with the right to keep and bear arms (RKBA)? Simply put, our state has been out of balance for a very long time now. Violent crime is on the rise and it is no longer safe to travel or conduct business in New Jersey without constantly looking over your shoulder. I do not believe this is a “sustainable” situation. The average resident has suddenly become aware that they have been lied to by their so-called representatives. Now is the time for us to reach out to the honest residents of New Jersey and remind them that they have the option of taking back control of their lives and the safety of their families from a state government that has a different agenda.
There are many ways to accomplish this – Women’s Programs, Urban Outreach, Safety and Security Seminars. All these activities provide us with an opportunity to interact in very positive ways with our fellow residents. Given the chance to see us for who we are, they will be unlikely to believe the Main Stream Media (MSM) portrayal of gun owners as itchy-fingered redneck racist hillbillies. Instead, when they hear us talk about the importance of the preservation of innocent life, and how much we emphasize the safe and responsible handling of firearms, they will be much more inclined to identify with us rather than the hypocritical, protected, political classes.
Yes, we will proceed with attacking the constant, ever-evolving schemes to delay the processing of our application for permits and the periodic interruptions of NICS check processing by a state that needlessly insists on being a “Point of Contact” rather than simply allowing FFLs to contact NICS directly. We will continue to challenge individual towns and State Police Barracks that refuse to process permits in a timely and professional manner. We will not stop lobbying, protesting, petitioning and otherwise reminding our representatives in Trenton that we are on to their deluded plan to deprive us of our rights. However, keep in mind that without continual growth of our membership, and without the ACTIVE involvement of YOU our members, none of this will succeed.
It is time to make a commitment, not to me but rather to each other, that you will do what you can to donate your time, talent and money (Donate to NJ2AS http://www.nj2as.com/donate ) to the NJ2AS so that we can continue to further the mission we all believe in.
I wish you all a Happy, Healthy, Prosperous and most of all, a SAFE New Year. I have said it before, it has been my pleasure to be associated with the BEST people on this planet. Alone the NJ2AS is NOTHING! Together, we can rock Trenton in ways they have never imagined. I am looking forward to overcoming these obstacles to our RKBA. I know you are as well.
All the best to you and yours from all the leaders, members and supporters of the New Jersey Second Amendment Society (NJ2AS).
Frank Jack Fiamingo
President – NJ2AS
NOW IS THE TIME!!!
New Jersey Second Amendment Society – Our mission is to promote the free exercise of Second Amendment rights within the community and Legislature of New Jersey, to educate the community regarding the enjoyable, safe, and responsible use of firearms, and to engender a sense of camaraderie and fellowship among the members and their families. Visit: www.nj2as.com