When May You Protect Your Life From The Government?

By Dean Weingarten

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Dean Weingarten
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Arizona – -(Ammoland.com)- On CNN, “progressive” operative Paul Begala reiterates a question asked by leftist Ed. Kilgore:

The Washington Monthly blogger Ed Kilgore has asked the right question — the one any Iowa voter should be putting to Ms. Ernst: “Since you brought it up, exactly what circumstances would justify you shooting a police officer or a soldier in the head?”

If he wanted the standard political answer for these questions, it is found in the Declaration of Independence.  The actual shooting started when the British crown attempted to confiscate arms and military stores from local governments.

But we do not need to look that far back in history.   In 1946 local veterans took up arms against a corrupt local government in Athens, Tennessee, when the  sheriff would not allow an honest vote, shot a man who tried to legally vote, and refused to give up power.

In just the last few years, there are three examples of people justifiably shooting at local police when they broke into their home in the middle of the night, without warning.  It happened in Minneapolis in 2007, and twice again in Texas in 2013 and 2014.

So the answer is fairly simple, even for those “progressives” who worship state power.   It is legitimate to oppose governmental force with force when the government refuses to be bound by the rule of law and when they threaten innocent life with illegitimate deadly force.

I do not see Paul Begala criticizing President Obama for giving aid to the rebels in Libya.   The left has vigorously supported armed revolution, when they thought it advanced their agenda.

Begala  set up a straw man in an attempt to demonize Joni Ernst, who is stating an obvious political truth that this country was founded on.

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About Dean Weingarten;

Dean Weingarten has been a peace officer, a military officer, was on the University of Wisconsin Pistol Team for four years, and was first certified to teach firearms safety in 1973. He taught the Arizona concealed carry course for fifteen years until the goal of constitutional carry was attained. He has degrees in meteorology and mining engineering, and recently retired from the Department of Defense after a 30 year career in Army Research, Development, Testing, and Evaluation.

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There is a massive imbalance between the power of the government and the power of the people. Not only the military but the law enforcement establishments here are overwhelmingly strong. We need to start shifting power away from the government by putting these functions back in the people’s hands where they belong. Gun owners today can’t stand up to the law enforcement establishment much less the military. People that advocate civilian guns to counter-balance the government’s weapons are engaging in a dangerous fantasy that is rightly ridiculed. In the US since the government can’t disarm us completely they have armed… Read more »


It really has been lost in the shuffle somewhere,…that the people are the government ! I think the Bundy Ranch thing was a test that Reid and Scum wanted to conduct. I don’t think they liked the results.


And directly to the title of the page – “When May You Protect Your Life From The Government?”
We are the Government and THEY are our Servants – Does anyone remember that? Cause THEY sure don’t.


@ Darren – “but the law enforcement establishments here are overwhelmingly strong” Well much of the “power” that the Police/Revenue Generators have is imaginary because of the constant Worship of them by the populace. They really have no more Power than what We the People or Sheeple give them – We vastly Out Number them in Numbers and Guns. We have the power if we want it. The people just need to quite being so polite and nice and a bunch of pussies. Stop putting the corrupt pigs on a pedestal and they will lose much. And don’t give me… Read more »

Bob Sadtler

FOURTH EXAMPLE : A man in Virginia’s Tidewater area had charges withdrawn/dismissed just a month or two ago,

Cops botched a raid, and stormed the wrong house. Gee, how many times have we heard THAT one? Homeowner returned fire against the intruders, and was recently cleared of any wrongdoing. I’ve looked for a link to include, but I’m coming up dry.


Thank you for this! It clarifies a very difficult subject and puts it in the proper context.