Anti-Gun Democrat Proposes Banning Semi-Autos & Going After “Resisters”

Anti-gun Congressman Eric Swalwell (D-Calif.)
Anti-gun Congressman Eric Swalwell (D-Calif.)(center)

Fairfax, VA – -(Ammoland.com)- The headline of the USA Today op-ed said it all. Anti-gun Congressman Eric Swalwell (D-Calif.) last week advocated for legislation to ban an as-yet undetermined class of semi-automatic firearms and to “go after resisters” who refuse to relinquish their lawfully-acquired firearms.

Lest anyone mistake his intentions, Swalwell followed up with a lengthy NBC News interview this week in which he made clear that his own proposal is a departure from prior gun bans that allowed those who obtained the firearms when they were lawful to keep them.

Swalwell said that after thinking “about the different ways to address it … I concluded the only way to do this is to get those weapons out of our communities.”

According to the NBC piece, Swalwell is modeling his own proposal on laws passed during the 1990s in Australia.

The article then inaccurately states, “But while Australia comes up often in gun debates, almost no prominent figures have proposed national laws that would demand that gun owners turn in existing weapons en masse.”

The truth is that anyone who suggests the United States should adopt Australian-style gun control – a club that includes such infamous gun ban advocates as Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton – is by definition advocating for the forcible disarming of “resisters.” That, in fact, was the signature feature of the Australian approach.

The widespread disarming of Australian citizens occurred through a comprehensive scheme that proceeded as follows.

  • First, the various political subdivisions within Australia unanimously agreed to a uniform ban on large categories of popular firearms. The ban was both retroactive and prospective.
  • Second, the government instituted “amnesty” periods, which allowed those who had previously acquired the newly-banned firearms lawfully to surrender them to the government for a fixed and nonnegotiable rate of compensation.
  • Third, and most importantly, anyone who refused to relinquish their formerly lawful property was to be treated as an armed criminal, with all the physical jeopardy and legal consequences that entails.

The Australian government also uses a “may-issue” licensing scheme for firearm acquisition, which among other things requires an applicant to show a “genuine reason” for needing the gun. Self-defense – which the U.S. Supreme Court considers the “central component” of America’s right to keep and bear arms – is not recognized under Australian law as a permissible reason for the acquisition, ownership, or use of a firearm.

Australian-style gun control, in other words, is completely foreign to and incompatible with America’s history, tradition, and rights of firearm ownership. Simply put, there is no reconciling Australian-style gun control with America’s Second Amendment, a fact which even some gun control advocates in their more candid moments are willing to admit.

If Swalwell has distinguished himself at all from other American advocates of the Australian approach, it’s because he is willing to be more forthcoming about the fact that it would turn millions of formerly law-abiding Americans into armed “criminals” with the stroke of a pen.

In his NBC interview, however, he tried to have it both ways.

First, he insisted:

I'm not proposing a roundup or confiscation. It would be like anything else that's banned: If you're caught with it there would be a steep penalty. Any fear of ATF agents going door to door to collect assault weapons is unfounded and not what is proposed here. They don't go collecting drugs that are banned or any other substance or weapon that's banned and I’m not proposing that here.

That, of course, is a lie. Law enforcement agents with enough probable cause that someone possesses drugs or other contraband to get a warrant absolutely do go after the contraband. Some might even say they are duty-bound to do so. A quick Internet search will show you what that looks like in the real world.

Anybody who illegally possesses a contraband firearm potentially risks the same treatment. Swalwell, who touts his credentials as a former prosecutor, surely knows that.

But when asked to elaborate about the “stiff penalties” that would supposedly ensure compliance with his scheme, Swalwell seemingly contradicted his no-confiscation stance, stating, “I'd want to first get the gun.”

To their credit, NBC asked Swalwell directly whether he was “prepared for some of the confrontations that might erupt from this,” adding, “You’re surely familiar with the slogan, ‘I'll give you my gun when you pry it from my cold dead hands.’” Swalwell brushed aside the question, indicating that Parkland survivors who have been advocating for gun control have given him “courage” for resolute action.

The actions he is calling for, however, carry inherent risks of further unnecessary loss of innocent life.

But that is what the gun “debate” has come to in America, with at least one gun control advocate so emboldened that he’s openly willing to put violent confrontations on the table to advance the agenda.

Whether Rep. Swalwell is serious or whether he is just hoping to move the Overton Window on what is considered legitimate rhetoric in the realm of gun control policy is perhaps debatable.

What is no longer debatable, however, is the true agenda and ideology that lies behind the gun control project in America. It is the abolition of the right to gun ownership in America as we know it … “resisters” be damned. 

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    George Murphy
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    George Murphy

    I propose that Mr. Swalwell volunteer to be on the team that shows up at my door to take my guns. Mr. Swalwell has a very big mouth and very small balls!

    David Gilley
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    David Gilley

    Oh no. Some congressman is about to take away all my weapons!
    Whatever will I do without my weapons ?
    I need those because I woship my weapons every day.
    Now I won’t even be able to live without those weapons.

    RodCK
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    RodCK

    What Kind of Idiot are you anyway. I bet you even bow to your wife and Kids No Back bone.

    RodCK
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    RodCK

    You probably don’t even vote or can’t vote. Because you are not a US citizen.

    Charlie
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    Charlie

    Another LibTard Troll who can’t even spell…LOL…”woship”. What a putz!

    trubo69
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    trubo69

    I have guns because I have the right to have guns granted by the 2nd Amendment. Mr.Swalwell is a spineless liberal politician who has a big mouth and no balls. MOLON LABE Mr. Swalwell !!!

    m.
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    m.

    our weapons protect us from d-rat d-suckers like you

    James Slemons
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    James Slemons

    Swalwell needs to be deported along with any other ignorant person that speaks rhetoric like him !!!

    JoeUSooner
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    JoeUSooner

    Swalwell has the (Constitutionally-protected) civil right TO speak whatever rhetoric he desires… as long as he does so in public and on his own time. But he does NOT have any legal, moral, ethical, or social right to 1) (UN-Constitutionally) legislatively force his ideology down our throats, 2) punish citizens for criminal actions we have not taken, or 3) physically confiscate legally-owned private property. To do so violates his oath of office. If he were tried and truly punished, the rest of those Liberal cuckoo-clocks would “rethink” their own actions. I have always maintained that there is a serious fundamental… Read more »

    George Murphy
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    George Murphy

    He along with Nancy Pelosi look like Dumb and Dumb-Ass! They better hope they don’t wake up Henry Bowman!

    tomcat
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    tomcat

    This particular “specimen” was on Tucker tonight arguing with him about his wet dream. He has now selected the idea that we should all take our semi autos and lock them up at a club so we can go there and shoot them. I don’t think I have ever seen a person as literally stupid as this jerk. His mother should have trashed him and kept the afterbirth, or maybe she did. I watched him at a committee hearing a while back and the camera panned him just as he was picking his nose. I don’t know what he did… Read more »

    m.
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    m.

    u & and anyone else can have the lead first, d-sucker

    Vom Brunhaus
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    Vom Brunhaus

    Put out as much information on Swalwell as possible , his face has been seen on TV on many issues that he takes a despicable and hate filled attitude on !

    Dan Schwager
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    Dan Schwager

    I was born in America 2nd gen am I a Native American then?

    Oldvet
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    Oldvet

    @Dan …You are American born for sure , What’s her name Pocahontas thinks she is . The term
    Native American actually refers to the American Indian . A couple of generations ago being a Half-Breed was even worse than being a slave . Now its becoming the trendy thing to be. So answer your own question . What do you really believe deep down ?

    TheHolyCrow
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    TheHolyCrow

    For anyone who wants to send this pusillanimous fink a love letter or phone message, I found some contact info for him.
    CASTRO VALLEY OFFICE
    3615 Castro Valley Blvd.
    Castro Valley, Calif. 94546
    Tel: 510-370-3322

    WASHINGTON DC OFFICE
    129 Cannon House Office Bldg.
    Washington DC
    Tel: 202-225-5065

    Now, be polite when you tell him how happy you will be to slip the noose around his neck after he has been convicted of TREASON. After a fair trial, of course, for breaking his OATH AND SPITTING ON THE CONSTITUTION.

    Wild Bill
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    Wild Bill

    THC, good job. Maybe the patriots of California can put him on the list for when the SHTF.

    Hunter427
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    Hunter427

    I was hoping to get his home address, so it could be a private and personal moment to thank him and show appreciation for all his doing for America

    MattGinOK
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    MattGinOK

    population needs to inform itself. Otherwise the politicians make the laws for everyone else. vote ’em ALL out.

    Hunter427
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    Hunter427

    This asshats office info was posted and now it’s down along with comments WTF

    Malcolm
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    Malcolm

    I wonder if the anti-gun politician advocating these measures have figured out that if the “resisters” go to war, they, not law enforcement, will be targets?

    Brick
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    Brick

    The liberal left is a life threatening form of scoliosis. See, when you’ve been stuck leaning left for sooooo long, every time they attempt to stand up strait, they just can’t manage it. So when liberal lefts see a doctor for this condition the doctor tells them, I have to ask you, do you own a firearm? Of course they do but how can he answer honestly? So the leftist lies and the doctor can’t treat the condition without major surgery. So when you have to lie and deceive even your doctor, then you wind up getting a different treatment… Read more »

    Brick
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    Brick

    Several things come to mind. First this can’t happen without endangering the lives of millions on people. I also think this would trigger a severe spike in gun sales which would suggest it’s not going to happen without military involvement, of which there just aren’t the numbers for. So all lawful gun owners should just form what we should call, the people’s well armed militiamen. If they’re going to twist the second amendment to mean that fire arms are only the right of a militia force, then lets just make one at which the only charge to enter is to… Read more »

    Clark Kent
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    Clark Kent

    ‘Malitiamen’? What are those? Armed folks from Malta?

    Joe Manning
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    Joe Manning

    I agree with you 100%.
    Something like that is what we need.

    Kenny Smith
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    Kenny Smith

    That is a damn good idea Brick !!!

    George Murphy
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    George Murphy

    “Unintended Consequences” written by John Ross should be required reading for all Conservatives and all Backers of the 2nd Amendment. The best book I have ever read and I think most of our like-minded Patriots would agree. It is a book that is very difficult to get for reasons I can only speculate on but it is worth whatever you have to pay to get a copy.

    Boz
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    Boz

    Come and get it liberal künts!

    Charlie
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    Charlie

    Many comments here about “treason…arrest, conviction, execution, etc.” I agree with most all of the comments, but these proposals from the anti-2A tards do not meet the definition of treason. Granted, they’re low IQ a-holes with the goal of implementation of socialism in America. Only one way to get rid of them….vote them out. Easier said than done though! This is a fight for our culture, our freedom, and our Republic…..make no mistake about it. We’re partly to blame ourselves, because we have become lazy, complacent, and actually watched it happen. The question is: Do we have the will and… Read more »

    willy d
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    willy d

    I say the same, Bullets first, then as Charlton Heston said Pry The GUN From My Cold Dead Hands, they just will never give up trying to get them from us, if only the other party fought that hard for us it just stop them, but what would you expect from a bunch of Ameba’s, NO BACK BONES!

    Clark Kent
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    Clark Kent

    ‘Ameba’s’? Is that the name of a Mexican restaurant?

    willy d
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    willy d

    Did you take science in school? Ameba’s is a single cell bug with No Back Bone!!!!!

    Larry Brickey
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    Larry Brickey

    Amoeba. Just sayin’

    ExGob
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    ExGob

    And you are ‘just sayin’ correctly, Larry. While the o is silent when pronouncing the word, it’s use is still required when spelling the word correctly.

    JoeUSooner
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    JoeUSooner

    Willy, ignore the worthless idiot.

    He’s just being a smartass, trying to play “know-it-all” with spelling. He’s using your “typo” in order to dismiss your statement, and he’s using a false argument to distract from your serious point… because you are correct and there is no other way for him to argue with you (he has no factual data on his side).

    willy d
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    willy d

    Been a very long time since I was in that science class but you get the idea. I do shoot better than I can spell and work this thing.

    Nota Socialist
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    Nota Socialist

    OOOHHH, OOOHHH, Pleez do. MEW First and make sure you send all the LibTard AssHats in first. I’ll be waitin’ on ya….

    mbh
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    mbh

    When Nancy opens her mouth its like my dog passing gas!

    The day they make gun illegal, that will be the day I become an illegal gun owner

    Oldvet
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    Oldvet

    @mbh…more like a jackass passing gas , but then I don’t know your dog.

    khan
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    khan

    The goons who are now in law enforcement will enjoy blowing your face off when they raid you home… You better wake up hunters… who keep voting for liberal politicians.. The SWAT teams will love blowing your brain out…. WAKE UP PEOPLE.

    Rocsteady
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    Rocsteady

    Most likely, these SWAT teams will be made up of local police officers, just because of the sheer numbers involved. And the first time somebody goes to their house and shows their family the same disregard that they’re showing when they try to collect these guns, that will be the end of that

    Clark Kent
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    Clark Kent

    Then why don’t YOU become a police officer and show us all how it SHOULD be done? Put up or shut up.

    Bill
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    Bill

    I’ll hand over my weapons, bullet’s first.

    Glen M
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    Glen M

    I’m with you Bill

    Leo Smith
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    Leo Smith

    Americans Propose making Democrats who Attack our Freedoms be Arrested, Convicted and Executed for TREASON.. How about that Nancy Comrade Pelosi and company.

    Wild Bill
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    Wild Bill

    @Leo Smith, Unfortunately what the progressives/socialists/communists/dnc are doing does not meet the Constitutional definition of treason. What they are is betrayers. Betrayers of the Constititution, their oaths of office, and the population of the United States. Equally unfortunate is that there is no penalty for those.

    Tionico
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    not so sure there.. Treason, as defined in the Constitution, shall consist in making war on a state or on several states. What did General Thomas Gage do at Lexington but “make war on” the citizens there by the attempt to follow his orders fro King George Three, and disarm them? If disarming the man at Lexington was “making war” on them, then disarming the citizns of Podunk will be as well.

    Wild Bill
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    @Tio, not sure where you are getting that definition, but you should be looking at Article III, Section 3, Clause 1, which says, “Treason against the United States, shall consist only in levying War against them, or in adhering to their Enemies, giving them Aid and Comfort. No Person shall be convicted of Treason unless on the Testimone of two witnesses etc. etc …” Gage had no allegiance to the United States; was not a citizen of the United States; took no oath to the United States; Gage did not even believe there was a United States. So everything that… Read more »

    John Galt
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    At some point we ae going to have to resist desisively. Do we wait until it’s too late or do we forcibly resist now? How are politicians like this not treated as abject liars and oath violators? How is this not TREASON against the constitution? If the .gov will not enforce treason…..(an overt act against the constitution) maybe the people should reconstitute a formal militia and rise up and do so….(Capture the traitors and hang them) Hell, the .gov is reluctant to aggressively go after the participants of a coup……we can not expect .gov to preserve liberty….it’s our job The… Read more »

    Wild Bill
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    Wild Bill

    @John Galt, You do not have the logistics, command structure, a plan or even secure communications. Do you have so much as a list of people that should be handed or sufficient rope? We are not as self sufficient as the founding fathers were.
    Maybe you should drop all the forcible resistance talk and find a uncorrupted candidate to support.

    James Higginbotham
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    James Higginbotham

    John I AGREE.
    before to much longer we the people are going to HAVE TO ACT.
    you know were supposed to have a REPENSITIVE GOVT, we haven’t had that since the ENDING OF THE CIVIL WAR.
    we the people are ALREADY A MILITIA, WE JUST NEED TO ORGANISE.
    and i feel IF WE CAN DO THIS? IT MIGHT WAKE UP some of the MORONS WE HAVE IN GOVT TO EITHER CHANGE OR FACE THE WRATH OF WE THE PEOPLE.

    durabo
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    durabo

    The year following mass confiscation of firearms, Australia’s armed robbery rate went up 440%. Sounds like Chicago!

    JoeUSooner
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    JoeUSooner

    Despite Liberal propaganda, the disarming of Australia was NOT successful. Following Australia’s mandatory 1996 gun “buy-back” fiasco, the actual number of gun-related deaths did (technically) decrease very slightly [from an annual average of 2199 to 2190 – 9 fewer per year – a “statistically insignificant” number]. Australia’s numbers are still more than triple the U.S. per capita murder rate, while Australia’s other violent crimes (armed robbery, arson, armed assault, home invasion, rape, etc) have more than quadrupled! So, not quite as many Australians have since been shot to death, but each of that country’s citizens now annually face a government-guaranteed… Read more »

    RodCK
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    RodCK

    And California and New York City!!!

    Jacob Opperman
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    Jacob Opperman

    Again this from a person who has armed body guards he does not have to pay for, who are supplied by the tax payers dollars. I have decide time after time that government officials don’t give a damn about the people who put them in DC or in the Governors chair. They have there own agendas only, but it is up to us common folks to send them messages to by voting them the hell out time after time until they get the message yes you can and will be replaced until you start to work for us and up… Read more »

    Croc1
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    Croc1

    . People don’t realize how much conditioning , mind control , distraction, and propaganda they are subjected to on a daily basis. The controllers of society know through incrementalism that people will accept small changes over time and can be guided along to their ultimate objective, which is no doubt, confiscation. It’s real slick, and highly coordinated.
    Don’t believe anything the mainstream media says. None of it.
    100% controlled.

    BillyB
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    BillyB

    Greetings!
    A little different “twist” on the old adage:
    ‘I’ll give you my gun when you pry it from my cold dead hands.’”
    Will now read: “You will not be able to pry my “gun” from me with YOUR cold dead hands!”
    Regards

    pjw
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    pjw

    What is interesting is that Congressman Swawell, feels confident enough to promote his gun grabber opinion. Not so
    long ago the progressive anti gunners were taking a soft sell approach and not being so overt with their confiscation plan for lawfully acquired firearms. Constitutional minded citizens should take note of the political headwinds that are developing and changing. The rats are starting to feel sure of them Selves.

    Douglas Kuykendall
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    Douglas Kuykendall

    He is from the communist state of kalifornia,he has no worries about getting voted out.Just about every democrat in kalifornia is a communist.Do some reading you will find most all your actors back in the day was communist.GOP run the actors for years and then the communist took over. Back then actors mostly kept political thoughts to their self. Now days they don’t give a shit,because they know the dumb people won’t vote them out

    mikeL
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    mikeL

    You all pay attention to the coming election here in californicate! We now have another 1.8 million unregistered voters for the communistvparty here, these turds are actively pursuing 16 yr olds n up the right to vote in November, from school no less, and I forget, (wish i could), gavin gruesome will be the next bend over bubba in californicate. You all get a chance, look for his tv ads on the innerweb. With him as the new b.o.b., sit back and watch as this state shows the rest of the country how total gun confiscation will roll! Ammo sales… Read more »

    eaglesnester
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    eaglesnester

    If King George were still around he could tell U all about gun confiscation and how it worked out for him.

    Green Mtn. Boy
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    Green Mtn. Boy

    If I recall correctly ole George sent his goons to Concord and Lexington,that was the shot heard round the world,would be Tyrants haven’t learned a thing.

    Danny338
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    Danny338

    “Third, and most importantly, anyone who refused to relinquish their formerly lawful property was to be treated as an armed criminal, with all the physical jeopardy and legal consequences that entails.”

    And here I thought that committing overt acts of war against the people was treason, silly me. Our systems of justice and governance have been broken for so long, it really is depressing. Onward to the next war for independence and freedom.

    Wild Bill
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    Wild Bill

    @Danny, we haven’t the logistics, command structure, plans or secure communications to support the next war for independence and freedom. We are less self reliant that any previous generation. Until we have what we need to support your proposal, I suggest finding “not corrupted yet” candidates and sending them to Washington.
    If we had a whole new Congress, we could pass term limits and the peoples’ right to recall legislators, judges, and bureaucrats. We could ban parties, and banish lobbyists. This generation should make it our work and our goal to drain, cleanse and secure the swamp.

    Clark Kent
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    Clark Kent

    Term limits are already enshrined in our Constitution. They are called elections and are held on a regular basis. The REAL problem is most citizens can’t be bothered to get off of their collective fat azzes to bother to REGISTER to vote; much less cast a ballot. ‘We have met the enemy and he is us’ – Pogo.

    TheHolyCrow
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    TheHolyCrow

    The Oath Keepers have such an organization and structure forming. Granted, they are in their infancy and have been slandered by the usual suspects to scare people away from them. But, they are for real and DO have a structure started. They just need more of a membership to get the ball rolling. And their is the 3 Percenters, and various State Militias that still exist. So, the cause is not yet lost. WE THE PEOPLE could give these TRAITORS hell if we put our mind to it.

    Green Mtn. Boy
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    Green Mtn. Boy

    One may suggest if the LeftTards are serious,Eff around and find out,one bullet after the other.

    Wild Bill
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    Wild Bill

    The truth about the libtards’ intentions are out of the bag. We better win this next election or the commutards will be at our doors. Find the “uncorrupted yet” candidate and throw a barbecue for that candidate. The last time that we did not get out the vote Barry Soetoro was elected for a second term!

    Nota Socialist
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    Nota Socialist

    If you think about it, ‘at your door is EXACTLY where you’d want them, right?

    Wild Bill
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    Wild Bill

    @Nota, Not really. “At my door” is what I call the Jim Bowie defense. I prefer ambushes at choke points, Divarty pre-assigned to me, and dedicated A10 close support on call, and then move on.

    sage419
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    sage419

    200+ years ago, “resisters” were called “patriots”. Depends on who wins the war…