Per Gun-Grabbers, April 19 Commemorates Armed Citizen ‘Treason’ against Government

By David Codrea

Line of the Minute Men Memorial, Lexington: Is it a coincidence latter-day gun-grabbers hate the very concept of “Stand Your Ground”? (Detroit Publishing Company/Library of Congress)
David Codrea in his natural habitat.

USA – -( On this day in 1775, volunteer Minuteman militia leader Captain John Parker, along with over 70 of his neighbors, stood their ground against government enforcers. They refused to disarm and defended themselves against lethal coercion. From the point of view of those who would rule them, these brave Patriots committed treason.

That’s the position of latter-day gun-grabbers. It brings to mind an episode from years past, when colleague Kurt Hofmann wrote a rebuttal to tyrannophiles who argued, among other things, that armed citizens would be helpless to resist a government armed with sophisticated weaponry that included tanks and more. His carefully explained response, which did not violate any laws or incite anyone to commit violence, was seized upon by the conveniently-renamed Coalition to Stop Gun Violence (that plays better with those who don’t know any better than the “National Coalition to Ban Handguns,” which wants to ban more than that anyway).

They were so outraged by his column they not only tried to get Kurt shut down, they also wanted the FBI to “bring an action against him.” Since CSGV called me out by name too, as a supportive associate of Kurt’s, I invited them to report me as well. I even notified FBI myself.

That was hardly a first experience with these violence monopolists. A few years earlier, in an attempt to smear invited speakers to the Second Amendment March in Washington, D.C., they actually publicly lied about what I had written.

Per CSGV, any attempt to resist tyranny is treasonous insurrection. And treason is a capital offense.

Tench Coxe
Tench Coxe

So who should you believe? All parties to this dispute obviously have a dog in the fight. How about we consult one of the Founders, say, Tench Coxe, a prominent “gun owner rights” advocate of his day:

“As civil rulers, not having their duty to the people before them, may attempt to tyrannize, and as the military forces which must be occasionally raised to defend our country, might pervert their power to the injury of their fellow citizens, the people are confirmed by the article in their right to keep and bear their private arms.” (Tench Coxe in ‘Remarks on the First Part of the Amendments to the Federal Constitution' under the Pseudonym ‘A Pennsylvanian' in the Philadelphia Federal Gazette, June 18, 1789 at 2 col. 1)

“Who are the militia? Are they not ourselves? Is it feared, then, that we shall turn our arms each man gainst his own bosom. Congress have no power to disarm the militia. Their swords, and every other terrible implement of the soldier, are the birthright of an American…. [T]he unlimited power of the sword is not in the hands of either the federal or state governments, but, where I trust in God it will ever remain, in the hands of the people.” (Tench Coxe, The Pennsylvania Gazette, Feb. 20, 1788.)

Want something more contemporary? Why don’t we see what some prominent LIBERAL ICONS had to say not all that long ago about the right to keep and bear arms as a check against tyranny?

Hubert H. Humphrey
Hubert H. Humphrey

“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. This is not to say that firearms should not be very carefully used, and that definite safety rules of precaution should not be taught and enforced. But the right of citizens to bear arms is just one more guarantee against arbitrary government, one more safeguard against a tyranny which now appears remote in America, but which historically has proved to be always possible.” – Hubert H. Humphrey

John F. Kennedy
John F. Kennedy

“By calling attention to ‘a well regulated militia,' the ‘security' of the nation, and the right of each citizen ‘to keep and bear arms,' our founding fathers recognized the essentially civilian nature of our economy. Although it is extremely unlikely that the fears of governmental tyranny which gave rise to the Second Amendment will ever be a major danger to our nation, the Amendment still remains an important declaration of our basic civilian-military relationships, in which every citizen must be ready to participate in the defense of his country. For that reason I believe the Second Amendment will always be important.” – John F. Kennedy

Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis
Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis

“It is not good for us that we should ever lose the fighting quality, the stamina, and the courage to battle for what we want when we are convinced that we are entitled to it, and other means fail. There is something better than peace, and that is peace that is won by struggle. We shall have lost something vital and beyond price on the day when the State denies us the right to resort to force in defense of a just cause.” – Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis

Using CSGV's “logic,” those sympathies made these “extremists” guilty of treason.

There were Crown-worshiping Tories who thought the same about the gallant Captain Parker and his assemblage of Patriots. The battle today is no less existential. And that is why some of us will not disarm.

About David Codrea:

David Codrea is the winner of multiple journalist awards for investigating / defending the RKBA and a long-time gun owner rights advocate who defiantly challenges the folly of citizen disarmament.

In addition to being a field editor/columnist at GUNS Magazine and associate editor for Oath Keepers, he blogs at “The War on Guns: Notes from the Resistance,” and posts on Twitter: @dcodrea and Facebook.

  • 39 thoughts on “Per Gun-Grabbers, April 19 Commemorates Armed Citizen ‘Treason’ against Government

    1. Remember the 14th amendment was passed, in part, to prevent the states from legally disarming freedmen in the aftermath of the convulsive war of 1861-1865. In essence the 14th Amendment was intended to incorporate the 2nd Amendment right to bear arms as a restriction on state power.

      1. SOUTHERNER, Good post and comment. I didn’t learn the information about the 14th Amendment from history books or other places. Thank you for the update as to a reason why the 14th was passed into law.

    2. At gil,
      Mostly you got is bass ackwards. All you hypocrites that are afraid of firearms stayed home while the REAL Americans signed up on the spot the day after Pearl Harbor. Millions of REAL pro-gun Americans. Of course you have convieniently forgotten the quote by Admiral Yamamoto about there being a gun behind EVERY blade of grass…..
      And my dad whom was a pilot said there were several times that they did not think that they would make it back home after their bombing runs over Germany. And landing a shot up B17 with only a couple of engines keeps the pucker factor MAXed out. But by the Grace of God above he made it and I’m here today. To tell you that you are FULL of it.
      If my dad was here today, he would put you over his knee and wear out your backside and make his hand hurt. And do it again to make sure that he hadn’t skipped any.
      No, gil ur slimey treasonous agenda is poisonous to out Freedom. And he would have had NONE of it.
      And in your heart of hearts, YOU anti-gunners ALREADY KNOW IT. Pu-thetic.
      And as before, looking at the clock, u was still on mommies computer WAY past ur bed wetting time.

      1. Modern militia members romance old-timey militia who won the Revolutionary War ignoring the efforts of the military. After all, George Washington despise the militias as being totally unreliable More likely the militia heroes of the day after Pearl Harbor hide behind blades of grass telling themselves they would be heroes while the real men enlisted. The military kept the U.S. safe from the Axis not yokels hiding with guns. Real men understood they had a duty to do whereas militia heroes aspire to shoot people legally yet are nowhere to be found when there is actual trouble. Besides you forget the Axis were never going to invade the U.S. as they couldn’t take down the other Allies let alone the U.S.S.R.

    3. GIL and the anti-gun crowd are a bunch who would have wet their panties and surrendered to the Japanese the DAY AFTER PEARL HARBOR.
      Of course Gil has made it OBVIOUS that he is nothing more than an ignorant left winger anti-gun moron and troll with no brains.

      1. Pro-gunners were staying home during WW2 while the real men went to war to fight the enemy. The pro-gunners were pretending they were keep the U.S. safe from being invaded while actual soldiers fought hard to make sure it didn’t happen.

    4. Mike Vanderbough’s memorial dedication will be at La Grange, AL on May 6. He could not have said it better. We may argue amongst ourselves about the relevance of the Second Amendment, but in 1942 what Jew did not wish he’d had a Mauser and 50 rounds to resist before being gassed and incinerated just for having been born in the “wrong” race.

    5. Incredible article, informative and educational. Didn’t know of Coxe before this. The fact that Humphrey and Kennedy acknowledged and understood the meaning of the Second Amendment is new to me. This has been lost today. That basic principles could be agreed upon by prominent members of both parties seems unthinkable in the current climate. I think we have given too much ground, been too passive in defending our rights. Giving in to political correctness. Society will always be changing but to allow the perversion of law, the constitution and quite frankly, society itself has led us down a path that will be hard to reconcile.
      Not that I really know what to do about all this and living in California is contributing to my feeling that things are in a downward spiral. Taxation without representation is very real for a person with my views in this state. Maybe “we” can have a peaceful revolution much like the progressive revolution that has been going on for the last 50 years or so. One can dream, right?

    6. Whenever I hear about the inability of ordinary armed citizens to defend against govt tyranny, I find myself thinking about my late relatives in the IRA who fought the British, the Viet Cong who fought ME, the Mujahadeen who fought the Russians, and various other freedom fighters around the world through the ages. ALL fought against militarily superior armies, had to organize themselves “on the spot” initially, arm themselves with whatever they could find at the time, etc. What they all had in common, that made them successful, was not necessarily their arms, but their willingness to die for their cause-just like our own early militias and Minutemen were. Of course, resistance works better, and is more effective, with good organization, intel, training, and arms, and I’m certainly not denigrating those things, but it’s the willingness to die for the cause that ultimately makes the difference. If you have to go up against a modern regular army, you can expect that LOTS AND LOTS of your group are going to die – and die BADLY, even HORRIBLY, before you win. And statistically, YOU are just as likely to be among the dead as anyone else is. I can absolutely assure you, it doesn’t always happen to someone else!
      So, all you “III percenters,” the real issue is not whether you have an AR or AK, or the latest tacticool gear and training, but whether or not you are REALLY, honestly, willing to die in some dirt field, screaming in pain, with a leg blown off, your intestines dragging through the dirt behind you, and your “family jewels” lacerated by shrapnel – for your cause. If not, you’re not REALLY a “III percenter,” no matter how well you’re organized, or how much gear or training you have.

      1. 1776- “the tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time, with the blood of patriots and tyrants”
        2017- “it is no longer enough to be willing to fight and die to preserve our rights, one must be willing to kill for them, too”

            1. You and co. keep promising a shooting spree against the government yet say the 2A won’t support you?

    7. Ultimately, after the lawyers have argued, after the courts have ruled, after the Congress has voted, after the President has signed, and after the sheep have been sheared, it will come down to this: “MOLON LABE”!

    8. Dave, good article. I will point out that if the early version of We the People had been unsuccessful in their armed rebellion, they would all surely have been hung by the ‘legal’ authorities. By the hoplophobes continuing to call (or at the very least equate) lawful gun-owning free Citizens ‘rebels’ or ‘traitors’ they reveal which side they would have been on during the Revolution – hint for ‘gil’ they would NOT have been 3%ers.

      1. SK – about to? It has been real ‘sporty’ down there for quite a while. The biggest ‘tell’ is ‘mad’uro deciding to arm ‘his’ people – to help the gubmint maintain ‘order’ – read FORCE his will on the general population. Very similar to what the king’s men tried to do to the colonists.

    9. “Quis custodiet ipsos custodes?”
      “Who watches the watchmen?”
      The answer lies in the 2nd Amendment and WE The People.
      As my old belt buckle said, “I will give up my guns when they pry my cold dead fingers from around them”.

    10. Way to go, David Codrea! You hit it “out of the park” again! And David Loeffler’s comment is right on the mark.

    11. As usual paid shill/troll ‘gil’ is at it again wih a sarcastic one liner and no clue. So read this eloquent article that mostly says it all….and “gil”s motivation to turn us into unarmed victims. God Forbid!

      Memorandum on Arms and Freedom
      By Brian Puckett
      It is time to speak plainly for the good citizens and patriots of this nation who believe
      unbendingly in the Constitution of the United States of America.
      Though foreign governments may disarm their subjects, we will not go down that road. We
      will not disarm and see our freedoms stripped away. The lessons of history are numerous,
      clear and bloody. A disarmed population inevitably becomes an enslaved population. A
      disarmed population is without power, reduced to childlike obedience to–and dependence
      upon–the organs of a parental state. A disarmed population will lose–either piecemeal or in
      one sweeping act–those basic rights for which the citizens of America risked their lives and
      fortunes over two hundred years ago.
      WE WILL NOT DISARM. The right to self-protection–the internal directive of every living
      creature, be it mouse or man–is the most fundamental right of all. It is a right that must be
      exercised against all predators of the streets, against the predators hidden within agencies
      of law enforcement, and against the most dangerous predators of all–those to be found in
      government, whose insidious grasping for power is relentless and never-ending.
      WE WILL NOT DISARM. Not in the face of robbers, rapists, and murderers who prey upon
      our families and friends. Nor in the face of police and bureau agents who would turn a blind
      eye to the Constitution, who would betray the birthright of their countrymen; nor in the face
      of politicians of the lowest order–those who pander to the ignorant, the weak, the fearful,
      the naive; those indebted to a virulent strain of the rich who insulate themselves from the
      dangers imposed upon other Americans and then preach disarmament.
      We will not surrender our handguns. We will not surrender our hunting arms. And we will
      not surrender our firearms of military pattern or military utility, nor their proper furnishings,
      nor the right to buy, to sell, or to manufacture such items.
      Firearms of military utility, which serve well and nobly in times of social disturbance as tools
      of defense for the law-abiding, serve also in the quiet role of prevention, against both the
      criminal and the tyrannical. An ARMED CITIZENRY–the well-regulated MILITIA of the
      Second Amendment, properly armed with military firearms–is a powerful deterrent, on both
      conscious and subconscious levels, to those inclined toward governmental usurpations. An
      armed citizenry stands as a constant reminder to those in power that, though they may
      violate our rights temporarily, they will not do so endlessly and without consequence. And
      should Americans again be confronted with the necessity of–may God forbid it–throwing off
      the chains of a tyrannical and suffocating regime, firearms designed to answer the particular
      demands of warfare will provide the swiftest and most decisive means to this end. Any law
      which prohibits or limits a citizen’s possession of firearms of military utility or their proper
      furnishings provides an OPEN WINDOW through which a corrupt government will crawl to
      steal away the remainder of our firearms and our liberties. Any law which prohibits or limits
      a citizen’s possession of firearms of military utility or their proper furnishings, being directly
      contrary to the letter and spirit of the Second Amendment, is inimical to the Constitution, to
      the United States of America, and to its citizens.
      Now–today–we are witnessing the perilous times foreseen by the architects of the
      Constitution. These are times when our government is demanding–in the guise of measures
      for the common good–the relinquishment of several rights guaranteed to Americans in the
      Constitution, foremost among which is the right to keep and bear arms for our own defense.
      These are times when our government has abdicated its primary responsibility–to provide
      for the security of its citizens. Swift and sure punishment of outlaws is absent, and in its
      place is offered the false remedy of disarming the law-abiding. Where this unconstitutional
      action has been given the force of law, it has failed to provide relief and has produced
      greater social discord. This discord in turn now serves as the false basis for the demand that
      we give up other rights, and for the demand for more police, more agents of bureaucratic
      control to enforce the revocation of these rights.
      Legislators, justices, and law officers must bear in mind that the foundation of their duties is
      to uphold the fundamental law of the land–the Constitution. They must bear in mind that
      the unconstitutional act of disarming one’s fellow citizens will also disarm one’s parents,
      spouse, brothers, sisters, children, and children’s children. There are good citizens who–
      taking heed of Benjamin Franklin’s admonition that those who would give up essential
      liberty to purchase a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety–will
      surrender not one of their rights.
      Those who eat away at our right to own and use firearms are feeding on the roots of a plant
      over two centuries old, a plant whose blossom is the most free, most powerful nation ever
      to exist on this planet. The right to keep and bear arms is the taproot of this plant. All other
      rights were won at the point of a gun and will endure only at the point of a gun. Could they
      speak, millions upon millions of this world’s dead souls would testify to this truth. Millions
      upon millions of the living can so testify today.
      Now–today–is a critical moment in our history. Will we Americans passively lie down before
      a government grown disdainful of its best citizens? Or will we again declare: WE are the
      government, government functions at OUR behest, government MAY NOT rescind our sacred
      rights. Will we place our faith in public servants who behave as though they are our
      masters? Or will we place our faith in the words and deeds of the daring, farseeing men and
      women whose blood, sweat and tears brought forth this great nation?
      Will we believe those who assure us that the police officer will shield us from the criminal?
      Or will we believe our eyes and ears, presented every day with news of our unarmed
      neighbors falling prey in their homes, on our streets, in our places of work and play?
      Will we bow our heads to cowards and fools who will not learn and do not understand the
      lessons of human history? Or will we stand straight and assume the daily tasks and risks
      that liberty entails?
      Will we ignore even the lessons of this present era–which has seen the cruel oppression of
      millions on the continents of Europe, Asia, Africa, and South America–and believe that the
      continent of North America is immune to such political disease? Or will we wisely accept the
      realities of this world, wisely listen to and make use of the precautions provided by our
      Will we deceived by shameless liars who say that disarmament equals safety, helplessness
      equals strength, patriotism equals criminality? Or will we mark the word of our forefathers,
      who wrote in plain language: THE RIGHT OF THE PEOPLE TO KEEP AND BEAR ARMS
      Let us make known: We will choose the latter option in every case.
      LEGISLATORS: Do your duty to your country. Uphold the Constitution as you swore to do.
      Do not shame yourselves by knocking loose the mighty keystone of this great republic–the
      right to keep and bear arms. Read and study the Declaration of Independence and the
      Constitution you swore to support.
      JUSTICES: Do your duty to your country. Examine the origins of our right to weaponry, and
      uphold the letter and spirit of the Constitution. Read and study the Declaration of
      Independence and the Constitution you swore to support.
      LAWMEN: Do your duty to your country. Do not be misguided and misused. Your task is to
      serve and to protect–not to oppress, disarm, and to make helpless your countrymen.
      To the blind, the ignorant, the apathetic, the safe and sheltered, these may seem to be
      concerns of another age. They are not. They are as vital as they have ever been throughout
      history. For times may change but human nature does not. And it is to protect forever
      against the evil in human nature that the Founding Fathers set aside certain rights as
      inviolable. For these reasons we must now make known: We will not passively take the path
      that leads to tyranny. We will not go down that road. WE WILL NOT DISARMd

    12. Being armed is one thing. Having the will to exercise one’s arms in the defense of Liberty against the tyranny of government, is another.

      Today, there are no state militias organized within states per the Constitution. There are no “colonial” governments organized to defend against King George IV (fedgov). Until the scum of government know there are armed, ORGANIZED CITIZEN militias with the will to freshen the Tree of Liberty, the only changes that will occur will be more loss of FREEDOM.


      1. California.
      2. Massachusetts.
      3. New York State.
      4. Internal Revenue Service.
      5. BATFE.
      6. ETC.
      7. ETC.
      8. ETC.
      9. ETC
      10. Ad Infinitum.

      There has not been a run at Tractor Supply on rope. And the scum of government continues to undermine the nation.

      1. I would disagree with you on one point. The State of Georgia, which I am proud to call ;my home, has “The Georgia State Defense Force (GSDF, GASDF, or SDF) is an unpaid, volunteer component of the Georgia Department of Defense”. Although they are under the direction of the state governor, it is a volunteer, unpaid, militia.

        1. Georgia, as well as 26 other states does indeed have an ‘organized’ militia of one sort or another. And believe or not, California is one of them

          1. The “militia” you and Paladin cite are not true, armed, citizen militia. They do not train nor carry weapons of any sort. They are literally “State Defense Forces” where “defense” is a misnomer, a joke.

            Your “militia” are the furthest thing from the Patriots, actually traitors to the Crown, who stood on Lexington Green, armed and defiant against His Majesty’s 10th Regiment of Foot, 242 years ago. What you like to describe as “militia”, conjuring up images of common citizens with musket in hand to defend against government tyranny, is not. The pitiful State Defense Forces were created under US Code, Title 32, Section 109. They are regulated by the National Guard Bureau, itself an entity of the United States government. Furthermore, they are only authorized “In time of peace….” The Georgia State Defense Forces in fact, make their headquarters in a National Guard Armory !

            I stand by my statement there is no true organized militia today. Thòse playing dress-up in US Army uniforms who do not train with arms to oppose a government gone awry, tyrannical, are simply fodder for those making the “gotcha” argument. American, citizen militia does not exist.

            1. 10 U.S. Code § 311 – Militia: composition and classes
              (a) The militia of the United States consists of all able-bodied males at least 17 years of age and, except as provided in section 313 of title 32, under 45 years of age who are, or who have made a declaration of intention to become, citizens of the United States and of female citizens of the United States who are members of the National Guard.
              (b) The classes of the militia are—
              (1) the organized militia, which consists of the National Guard and the Naval Militia; and
              (2) the unorganized militia, which consists of the members of the militia who are not members of the National Guard or the Naval Militia.

    13. Only Gil would waste time, effort, and ammunition shooting dead politicians. What do they teach down at the Violence Policy Center?

      1. Proof that the second amendment serves as a check on government tyranny – just like the first – comes from the ratification debate. This was the most pro state group of all, the federalists. And this is what they promised to the ratifiers that the constitution meant:

        Madison in federalist 46:

        “Besides the advantage of being armed, which the Americans possess over the people of almost every other nation, the existence of subordinate governments,to which the people are attached, forms a barrier against the enterprises of ambition, more insurmountable than any which a simple government of any form can admit of. Notwithstanding the military establishments in the several kingdoms of Europe, which are carried as far as the public resources will bear, the governments are afraid to trust the people with arms.

        And it is not certain, that with this aid alone they would not be able to shake off their yokes. But were the people to possess the additional advantages of local governments chosen by themselves, who could collect the national will and direct the national force, and of officers appointed out of the militia, by these governments, and attached both to them and to the militia, it may be affirmed with the greatest assurance, that the throne of every tyranny in Europe would be speedily overturned in spite of the legions which surround it.”

        The left’s favorite founding father, Alexander Hamilton in federalist 28 (I don’t think this quote made the musical):

        “If the representatives of the people betray their constituents, there is then no recourse left but in the exertion of that original right of self-defense which is paramount to all positive forms of government, and which against the usurpations of the national rulers may be exerted with infinitely better prospect of success than against those of the rulers of an individual State. In a single State, if the persons intrusted with supreme power become usurpers, the different parcels, subdivisions, or districts of which it consists, having no distinct government in each, can take no regular measures for defense. The citizens must rush tumultuously to arms, without concert, without system, without resource; except in their courage and despair.

        [T]he people, without exaggeration, may be said to be entirely the masters of their own fate. Power being almost always the rival of power, the general government will at all times stand ready to check the usurpations of the state governments, and these will have the same disposition towards the general government. The people by throwing themselves into either scale, will infallibly make it preponderate. If their rights are invaded by either, they can make use of the other as the instrument of redress. How wise will it be in them by cherishing the union to preserve to themselves an advantage which can never be too highly prized!”

      2. I don’t believe the British soldiers were politicians. And *if* those soldiers were *also* politicians, that isn’t relevant.

      3. That’s somewhat confusing. Are you using “dead” here as an adjective (modifying “politicians”) or an adverb (modifying “shoot”)? Seems odd that you’d want to mutilate the bodies of dead politicians, but what do I know?

        1. oldshooter, you are correct. I just assumed he meant kill politicians, but your statement based on Gil’s wording does mean that he is stating shooting politicians that are dead. That is even more amusing than what I had assumed he meant.

    14. The best defense against tyranny is, of course, an armed citizenry. In the end, since the citizens of our land are the sovereigns, government tyranny is the treason.

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