My Name Is Mike Vanderboegh & I’m an Arms Smuggler ~ Video

Alabama –-(  My name is Mike Vanderboegh and I’m a smuggler. I am from the great free state of Alabama and I am a Three Percenter.

If you need to pigeonhole my politics I consider myself a Christian libertarian. I believe in free men, free markets, the rule of law under the Founder’s Republic, and that the Constitution extends to everyone regardless of race, creed, color, or religion.

I most especially believe in the right of the people to keep and bear arms as the ultimate guarantor of liberty.

I have also been called a “seditionist” by members of the current regime. If faithfully fulfilling my oath to the Founders’ Republic and unrelenting hostility to those who would undermine and overthrow it makes me a “seditionist” then I cheerfully plead guilty.

The Three Percent movement I founded has been denounced by that paragon of moral virtue Bill Clinton and I am a perennial “honorable mention” on the Southern Poverty Law Center’s list of dangerous folks. I have even been the subject of an eighteen and a half minute rant by Rachel Madcow on MSNBC and the current Attorney General of the United States knows — and despises — me by name because of the Fast and Furious scandal that, with my friend David Codrea, I broke the news of on the Internet. Eric Holder would not be surprised to know that the feeling is mutual.

The Coalition to Stop Gun Violence calls me an “insurrectionist” because I don’t believe, as they do, in a government monopoly of violence, but rather in a literal interpretation of the 2nd Amendment as a bulwark against tyranny. Well, as my friend Kurt Hofmann says, “It is better to be despised by the despicable than admired by the admirable” and I suppose my remarks here today will only reinforce my enemies’ opinions of me. I think I can bear the burden.

Sipsey Street Irregular's Mike Vanderboegh
Sipsey Street Irregular’s Mike Vanderboegh

Yesterday was the anniversary of the battles of Lexington and Concord in 1775, but also of the liquidation of the Warsaw ghetto in 1943 and that of the Branch Davidians at Waco fifty years later to the day — two examples of what happens when governments exercise a monopoly of violence.

It is proper, then, to contemplate the lessons of the date in history — April 19th — then, now, and in the near future. What I say now I say with reluctance, sadness and not a little bit of dread, but say it I must.


Neither do I believe that you consent, for you would not be here today if you did. But what I say is not easy to say nor easy to hear and many of you will not like it.

“An unconstitutional law is void.” So says the standard legal text American Jurisprudence. That is certainly true. The tricky part is how we are to make that point when the local, state, and federal executive and legislative branches as well as the courts are in the hands of the domestic enemies of the Constitution. Everyone who is currently trying to take away your right to arms starts out by saying “I support the 2nd Amendment.” Let me tell you a home truth from Alabama — Barack Obama supports the 2nd Amendment about as much as Adolf Hitler appreciated Jewish culture or Joe Stalin believed in individual liberty. Believe what politicians do, not what they say.

So what shall we do about this current spate of tyranny breaking out all over?

The facsimile of a semi-automatic pistol that some of you hold in your hands was smuggled into your state from the South. Manufactured in Georgia, trans-shipped to Alabama, it came across your state line in the trunk of a car. The fact that the authorities of your state have not yet banned “sponge guns” is immaterial. It could as easily been a whole trunk full of real pistols. Indeed, before this year no one thought that other firearms and related items would ever be banned — but they have been. No one thought that the authorities of your state would pass laws making criminals out of the previously law-abiding — but they did. If they catch you violating their unconstitutional laws, they will — when they please — send armed men to work their will upon you. And people — innocent of any crime save the one these tyrants created — will die resisting them.

Yet despite the cost, these unconstitutional laws MUST be resisted. For if not now, when? And if not us, who? This is no longer a “slippery slope” leading to firearm registration and eventual confiscation — it is a precipice that some states have already plunged over and that the federal government threatens to follow. Arrests are happening NOW. When, if not now, shall we resist? Will we allow ourselves to be shoved back once again, from the free exercise of our God-given, natural and inalienable rights to liberty? — Shoved back once more, muttering but compliant?


The Founders knew how to answer such tyranny. When Captain John Parker — one of the three percent of American colonists who actively took the field against the King during the Revolution — mustered his Minutemen on Lexington Green, it was in a demonstration of ARMED civil disobedience. He might have retreated at the British approach, but he didn’t. He might have ordered his men to lay down their arms, but he didn’t. His defiance was silent but plainly stated. A veteran of the French and Indian War, he did not want a war. He knew intimately the horrors of war. BUT HE ALSO KNEW THAT SOME THINGS ARE WORSE THAN WAR. The British could not tolerate his silent defiance — and someone fired a shot.

But even before the shot heard ’round the world, the colonists understood their weaknesses and their military needs and did something about it. They smuggled. They smuggled Dutch gunpowder and French flints. They smuggled tents and uniform cloth and artillery and ammunition. Boston was the high headquarters of anti-British smuggling and John Hancock was its prime minister. Connecticut was a small empire built on patriotic smuggling. The colonists knew what to do and they did it, regardless of the risk — regardless of all the King’s ministers and the King’s soldiery.

They defied the King. They resisted his edicts. They evaded his laws and they smuggled. Lord above, did they smuggle.

Now we find ourselves in a similar situation. The new King Barack and his minions have determined to disarm us. We must determine to resist them.

No one wants a new civil war (except, apparently, the anti-constitional tyrants who passed these laws and the media toadies who cheer them on) but one is staring us in the face. Yes, a civil war is staring us in the face. To think otherwise is to whistle past the graveyard of our own history. We must, if we wish to avoid armed conflict, get this message across to the collectivists who have declared their appetites for our liberty, our property, and our lives —


Just like King George, such people will not care, nor modify their behavior, by what you say, no matter how loudly or in what numbers you say it. They will only pay attention to what you DO.

So defy them. Resist their laws. Evade them. Smuggle in what they command you not to have. Only by our ACTS will they be impressed. Then, if they mean to have a civil war, they will at least have been informed of the unintended consequences of their tyrannical actions. Again I say —

Defy. Resist. Evade. Smuggle. If you wish to stay free and to pass down that freedom to your children’s children you can do no less than to become the lawbreakers that they have unconstitutionally made of you. Accept that fact. Embrace it. And resolve to be the very best, most successful lawbreakers you can be.

One last thing before I go. On Thursday I smuggled a half-dozen 30 round AR-15 standard capacity magazines into Connecticut in deliberate disobedience of the new state diktat.

So to Martin Looney, Mike Williams, Larry Cafarro, and John McKinney I’d like to say this:


And I’ll tell you something else. When the new ammo restrictions go into effect the first week of July, I’ll be back — with two full crates of 7.62×39 ball ammunition and I will transfer said ammunition into the hands of a Connecticut citizen without the state’s permission or paperwork.

And after I break their unconstitutional laws again, I’ll be sitting in Frank Pepe’s Pizza down in New Haven waiting for Looney and Company to come arrest me —


Thank you.
Mike Vanderboegh
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Bill Baker

@Aron: I think you’re a liberal plant/troll here. Anyone who has seen what this guy does or talks about and thinks he is suggesting we mail poison to people and throw bricks through windows is probably someone who lives in california and thinks that when a trial doesn’t go his way that the town should loot the local wal-mart. I’m guessing when something goes bad you start to dial 911 to get the big brave men to save you, but it takes you time as you spend quite a while trying to figure out where the eleven button is…


If the law makers decide to arrest law abiding citizens unlawfully, then they are bringing the 3% together in force, in prisons, jails and prison camps where the guards usually are outnumbered 10 to 1 and sometimes more. What they do not realize is that the belief that put the law abiding gun owner in the prison, jail, or prison camp will be the same belief that will get them out. A belief does not die in a cell. It only becomes stronger and supported more by hate for the ones who put them there. If a prison camp housed… Read more »


Great read and well stated.
But the “shot heard round the world” was at Concord, not at Lexington.
The phrase we all love to use, even me, “the shot heard round the world” was coined/from Emerson’s ‘Concord Hymn’ and has been used since then for various points.


What the DNC teaches us through illegal immigration and drugs, is that if enough people break a law, it then becomes a sought after political bloc,


Great article Mike Vanderboegh. I feel the same way.These idiot law makers are only making criminals out of law abiding citizens. They will to have to take mine the hard way.I fought for freedom in Vietnam and I will fight for it here.Thanks Mike.

Mr. Helmand

Sir, if you believe n the rule of law, instead of constitutional law, the you are part of the problem and not part of the cure. Rule of Law is what the insurgent in chief is foisting on the US now, replacing constitutional law. Albert Venn Dicey, a 1917 brit communist and buddy of Marx invented and publicized “rule of law” . Under rule of law the government has all the say. There is no voting, there is the Gway or the highway. Rule of law eliminates the representative republic completely! Own the language, source the language, use the language.… Read more »



Because if this unconstitutional edict upon the people of Connecticut is ever going to be successfully challenged in court the principal in the case must be deemed to have “standing.”

Mike, while admirable I do not envy you.


Mike, thank you for taking a stand an not relenting to Obama and his cronies, along with all the other idiots that don’t have any respect for our Sacred Constitution and Bill of Rights. Keep up the good work.

Carline D. Long Jr.

Thanks you from my heart Mike. I appreciate your talk and I definately understand why you put the challenge out there. If the traitorous legislators and govt. attack you and arrest you they will be doing several actions; 1. Arresting you under an unconstitutional law. 2. Setting a direct immediate need for the rest of us constitutional law abiding citizens to act to right the wrongs perpetrated by our Tyranical government. 3. Get the fact in the US Citizens eyes that the Constitution has not been changed or ratified by the United States Citizens and NO LAW is Constitutional when… Read more »

T. Lowe

I like Mike !!!


Mike should be a nice target to practice shooting – for those who want to outlaw to have guns ;-<


Do any of you guys know these guys?


I own firearms and other arms, and I habitually carry a handgun. If that makes some bleeding heart liberal upset, tough! Carry on, gentlemen.

Joe Houseman

Right on Mike! I am proud to have a smuggler on our side. The Colorado legislature recently passed several new “feel good do nothing” laws over the objection of 37 or our 62 county sheriffs, thus proving they feel more allegiance to NY mayor Bloomberg than to the citizens and law enforcement officers of Colorado. No way in hell will I obey those laws!


I was there at the Hartford State House steps when he made it; it was great!! And he’s right. If not now when? If not us, who? At this point, it’s not what we say, it’s what we do. We had won every argument up to this point,it doesn’t matter; they passed their law anyway. At this point, it’s not what we say, it’s what we do.


YOU GO BOY !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Well, we’re Texans. I don’t think anyone thinks we will lay down for this commi takeover. It is taught to us at a young age and while innately born into us. It’s a part of our gentic makeup handed down from generation to generation.



Will there be bulging prisons or blood on the ground , I see BOTH in the future of America . May GOD bless the United States of America and her citizens . May he send the TYRANTS to their personal hell . To get me in prison they will have to ambush me and fail to murder me , because I will resist even if it is an apparent suicide by cop .

Bill Baker

Way to go, I support you all the way. Sickens me and proves the country has gone wrong in my book, but everyone here should youtube videos of the ‘shelter in place’ de facto martial law in boston and see how the innocent civilians were treated during the searches. We have to band together, else we will go down in individual arrests to the masses of police like you will see in those videos.

Rob Richards

Thanks for the article. For info on people using voluntary Libertarian tools on similar and other issues worldwide, please see the non-partisan Libertarian International Organization ….

Jimmy the Greek

5 war vet First off you should have been able to finish your service teaching or any were that you were able to serve , Today i tell anyone thinking of inlisting that they are fools . They well be used to fight wars for the bankers and the state of isreal , when they are used up they well be put out with the trash and be called a crazy and kept from owning a firearm .

5 War Veteran

Perhaps this was what the DHS was indicating when they labeled me as a terrorist? What did I do to earn that label? I SERVED MY COUNTRY for 22 years and became disabled in the 22nd year. A 30 year career cut short because I was used up and they did not want me any more. I can still teach advanced electronics and ships systems from a wheelchair in a classroom as I did for 7 years in the service graduating more than 330 highly trained Sailors and Airmen as well as members of the German and Australian Navies. I… Read more »


mike, you do have several great points, and are correct in every way, not to mention, a lot of other people feel the same way, but, why would you want to bring that kind of heat down on yourself, when you know what the end result will surely be? I thought smuggling was for a cause, that happened in total secrecy. if your going to break their unconstitutional laws, that’s fine, but why advertise it?
stay free my friend.


I’m also not going to follow any of their laws and if they try to come for me, I will defend myself till death…

James Robert George Jr

I’m still reeling over this vandergoon person. Hey Mike go do for studying. In fact study Robert E. Lee’s writings and then write a, Professor Gallagher from THE UNVERSITY OF VIRGINIA and an expert on the Civil War and find out who was the toughest and bravest fighting force in the Civil War. Oh, because I know you just a blow hard and ignorant, let me let you know this,,,,it wasn’t anyone from Alabama. It WAS the fighting men from Texas. Don’t believe me? Well then you phony go read it as it comes from the lips of Robert E.… Read more »

James Robert George Jr

Just listened to Mike Vander whatever talk at the Temple Come And Take It rally. The guy is lucky I didn’t slap the wrinkles off his face. he moans and groans about how many Alabama boys died at the Alamo. I guess he doesn’t read anything other than what he says in retrospect. There might have been one there. After he spoke I shook his had and welcomed him to Texas, and he made some snide remark. He’s very, very lucky this 5th Generation Texans didn’t have his daughter with him, or he would have found out really fast the… Read more »



He told people to throw bricks through Democrats’ windows: ten politicians reported their windows were shattered the next day.

The so-called ‘Geriatric Militia’ claimed his novel ‘Disavowed’ as their inspiration.

And I neither live in California nor do I seek vengeance after a disagreeable court ruling. Considering what Mike wrote after the ACA was upheld, I can’t say the same for him.


Mike, you’re a yellow-bellied COWARD who TELLS people to throw bricks threw windows and INCITES them to mail poison to government officials.

And you still get $1,300 a month from that most hated entity.

When your right to bear arms starts infringing upon my life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness, then we’ve got a problem.

Go throw your own bricks, coward.


“When your right to bear arms starts infringing upon my life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness, then we’ve got a problem.”
No, then YOU have a problem.
“My RIGHT to keep and bear arms doesn’t end where your feelings begin”.