Second Amendment as Defense Against Tyranny : Gun Studies

Opinion by Alan J Chwick & Joanne D Eisen

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“the most important benefit of defensive arms is their deterrent power. As long as a potential dictator must take into account very serious risks involved with taking action against the American people, then the prospect for such actions being taken becomes marginally smaller.”

USA – -(AmmoLand.com)- The time has come to ask some questions because it's obvious that the Democrat Party attempted to steal the election of 2016. What would have happened if they had succeeded?

Their maniacal anger, in defeat, reveals the likelihood of future troubles.

What would happen if, no when, a weak President is elected who cannot deal with fake accusations of heartlessness, and who will be eager to compromise? We can be sure that the Democrats will be waiting, in the shadows, to finally orchestrate their long-awaited opportunity to regulate the Second Amendment out of existence.

We gun owners have spent years preparing for the possibility of criminal violence against our families and violence that would accompany various social disruptions such as hurricanes and earthquakes. But are we ready for a political onslaught? And, are we prepared for the inevitable devastating attacks on our Constitution?

The Democrats and their Left minions appear to be dragging our country into new, unknown territory.

There are questions that each of us must answer. How do we feel about death with honor rather than life with chains and slavery? What is moral and what is not in defense of family, and does morality even matter? How righteous is a preemptive strike to protect one's family?

David Kopel discusses the morality of violence and comments, “If violence – especially deadly violence – is always and everywhere immoral, then the Jews who violently resisted Hitler acted immorally.” Kopel believes that the discussion of the morality of violence is, in reality, a discussion about the appropriateness and the circumstances of the use of violence. He further comments, “the failure to use violence may itself be wrongful.”

While the serious nature of these questions began with the Founders, in 1994 the book, Lethal Laws, by Zelman, Simkin and Rice, heated the discussion. The book is still available used online. Zelman believed that genocide was easily committed by the governments against unarmed people. The early data describing seven genocides revealed that 55.9 million unarmed civilians had been murdered.

Daniel Polsby and Don Kates wrote as essay reviewing the book and commented on the notion of self defense against rogue governments. They note, “It is hardly a secret that lawful governments sometimes do grotesque things, quite often to popular acclaim.”

But, Polsby and Kates warn, “Though it is a long step between being disarmed and being murdered – one does not usually lead to the other – but it is nevertheless an arresting reality that not one of the principle genocides of the twentieth century, and there have been dozens, has been inflicted on a population that was armed…An armed population is simply more difficult to exterminate than one that is defenseless.”

The researcher, Rudolf Rummel, coined the word ‘democide' to include genocide and mass murder by government. He calculated 169,202,000 deaths by governments in the twentieth century. We note, that his books make fascinating reading.

Paul Rosenberg suggested that statists, which prefer large bloated governments, believe that any government is “morally superior” to its citizens. In their view, individuals cannot control themselves with deadly weapons, but, says Rosenberg, the opposite is true.

But one question is asked, as a warning. How can anyone armed with a fully automatic weapon prevail against a government force with tanks, planes, and modern technical weaponry? Aren't we making empty threats? Can we even think of resistance?

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The Left needs to know about the decentralized power of armed citizens. They need to fear us.

However, David Kopel, in his review of the Zelman book thinks that armed resistance can be quite successful. There could be no pitched battle of man with rifle against tank and helicopter, but the Tyrant would face a huge economic price. Kopel explains that the kind of well prepared civilian resistance that would exist in the US would be quite successful.

Kopel further writes, “the most important benefit of defensive arms is their deterrent power. As long as a potential dictator must take into account very serious risks involved with taking action against the American people, then the prospect for such actions being taken becomes marginally smaller.”

Yes! He is correct, as our possible enemy does not know our strength! They can only guess. We do not demonstrate. We do not make trouble. Meanwhile, the Democrats’ behavior shows that they are not aware of any risk.

Kopel is concerned, though, about the timing of violent resistance. He suggests,”One guide for when a subject people should resist may be the people's assessment of the government's degree of hatred.”

But we find the country, under President Trump, to be neither a budding tyrant nor a hater. It is the Democrat Party, especially with their socialist wing, who are exhibiting abnormal amounts of hatred against the President, and his supporters. So we might be looking at an impending civil war.

At some point, in the foreseeable future, these people might be voted into office and attempt another coup d'etat. They might be legally able to realize their desire to create a list of guns and gun owners via an expanded background check system which is mandated to save the records of the NICS system. They have definitely become bolder and are out of the closet that hides their intent to destroy the Second Amendment and our right to own legal weapons. “Repeal the Second Amendment,” the New York Times blasted out.

Even if such a time exists, they will never be able to disarm us. We will always wish to avoid violence in our streets and homes.

We suggest that these and other papers we presented here which discuss our Founding Father's view of civilian weapons wielding should be read and discussed more publicly. Revolt of the Masses by Charles Dunlap is an interesting read.

We laud the Three Percenters because they already know. We are so armed and so ready, yet those idiots act like they are not aware that they are racing toward danger and that they will never get the stuff they want by using violence. We tolerate a lot from them because we have a lot to lose if violence begins.

It may never be about genocide, but it will be about freedom.

Simply put, The Left needs to know about the decentralized power of armed citizens. They need to fear us.


About the Authors:

Alan J Chwick has been involved with firearms much of his life and is the Retired Managing Coach of the Freeport NY Junior (Marksmanship) Club, Division of the Freeport NY Revolver & Rifle Association, Freeport, NY. He has escaped from New York State to South Carolina and is an SC FFL (Everything22andMore.com). – [email protected] | TWITTER: @iNCNF

Joanne D Eisen, DDS (Ret.) practiced dentistry on Long Island, NY. She has collaborated and written on firearm politics for the past 30+ years. She has also escaped from New York State but to Virginia. – [email protected]

  • 84 thoughts on “Second Amendment as Defense Against Tyranny : Gun Studies

    1. I would do more to pull John Kerry’s military record than McCain’s military record, John Kerry is nothing but a scumbag!!!!

    2. Today I salute a great American and honorable man, John McCain, a true war hero… Oh wait, didn’t President Trump say he’s not a war hero? And offered not one word of praise for his character and achievements in service to his country, but rather merely a sterile, one line of condolence to the family? While every other former president and so many politicians on both sides of the aisle have offered profound and eloquent eulogies… Never mind that salute. Too bad, John. My allegiance is with a REAL man of character!

      1. sk: mcstain just made america a little better. your idol the muslim is no longer in the former white-mosque. see if if you can re-run h. clit-on in a few years, ahole.

      2. President Trumps statement of the senators war record/hero status,it would not appear incorrect.

        “He’s not a war hero,” said Trump. “He was a war hero because he was captured.”

        1. @GMB, Didn’t McCain almost sink an aircraft carrier all by himself? Of course it was his own. No wonder the North Vietnamese wanted to give him back.

          1. @ Wild Bill

            Reportedly he crashed three aircraft in his service to the nation,one of the carrier landings almost sunk his carrier,of course it was overlooked because his grand pappy and daddy were former admirals in their service to the nation.

            1. Single engine fighter planes crash all the time. In combat they get shot down. On the carrier a rocket got loose on another airplane and exploded near McCain’s.
              But McCain’s service was fine until he became a Senator. I think he left his judgement in Hanoi, particularly when it came to judging anything called “torture” which would be like calling the Dallas Cowboys Cheer Leaders a porno squad.
              I hope that a replacement Senator places conservative Republicanism about compromising for all of the wishes socialist Democrats.

          2. While I didn’t think much of him let’s not give him credit for something that he did not do. The rocket/missile came from a plane opposite of his and struck either his plane and or the plane next to him. There were 134 sailors that perished in the conflagration. According to reports McCain conducted himself valiantly during this disaster.

      3. simply being a pow does not equate to be being a true “war hero”, although many pow’s have been, and all deserve credit for what they endured. mccain has rendered plenty of well-documented political service to the ebola-bama party. “profound & eloquent” usually refers to lawyer gas-passing & bloviating – like obamination presiding over a service for true japanese-american war-hero senator daniel i. a few years back.

      4. John McCain was no war hero. Being a POW dosent make you a war hero. Having a poor military service record does not make you a war hero. Of his father had not been an Admiral he’d have been kicked out of the navy war or no war.
        I served 22 years in the Marine Corps. I earnd 2 purple heart’s and a bronze star. Does that make me a war hero?

    3. Zelmen Simkim got it wrong, Stalin alone accounted for some 50 million dead, with the genocide of the Kulacks the purges, and the starvation of his own people from collectivization of all food production and distribution . These 50 millions are not included in the deaths that are attributed to combat troop deaths during the war. He also murdered all of the white Russians that supported the monarchy right after they were ordered to turn in their arms.

    4. as a combat Marine myself.
      and reading all the post here on all the happenings going on in our Republic, the problem with a lot of people is they DON’T think another REVOLUTION OR CIVIL WAR can happen.
      but they are WRONG.
      were already in one or the other, just the SHOOTING PART hasn’t happened as yet, and people can only be PUSHED JUST SO FAR, as in our past REVOLUTION AND CIVIL WAR AGAINST TYRANNY.
      President Trump is dealing with SEDITION AND TREASON AS I WRITE THIS, by those in the COMMUNIST DEMORAT PARTY, SOME RINOS, MSM, ALL THE UNCONSTITUTIONAL AGENCIES WHO THINK THEY ARE ABOVE THE LAW AND OTHERS BEHIND THE SCENES PULLING THE STRINGS, or as some say is THE DEEP STATE.
      as a young Marine i remember PRESIDENT KENNEDY WARNING AMERICA about an UNSEEN GOVT THAT WAS SO TERRIBLE and when he TRIED to do something about it THEY MURDERED HIM, then is when we SHOULD HAVE RISEN UP. AND WE DIDN’T, but TODAY if any HARM comes to our President i KNOW THE REAL AMERICAN PATRIOTS WILL RISE UP, because i talk to alot of my fellow Vets everyday, and we ALL hope we don’t have to, but WE WILL.
      because our OATH IS FOR LIFE. now all the NAYSAYERS can believe what they want,.

      1. Beautifully stated Sir. It is comforting to know that you also speak for about 80-90% of our hero Veterans. God Bless you all.

        1. thank you VT Patriot.
          i talk to literary hundreds of my fellow VETS everyday on another site, NOT FACEBOOK OR TWITTER,
          I AM BANNED FROM BOTH OF THEM, I NOW AM ON GAB,COM AND THAT MOST OF US ARE REFUGEES FROM THOSE TWO I MENTIONED AT THE TOP.
          now those folks for the better part all free speech patriots the site has no ads and a Lot are FORMER MILITARY, AND ACTIVE MILITARY AS WELL.
          AND A LOT OF PATRIOTIC LADIES , ALL HERE NEED TO CK IT OUT..
          THERE YOU CAN FOLLOW PEOPLE AND PEOPLE WILL FOLLOW YOU BACK.
          NAD ONE MORE THING, NO CENSORSHIP,
          ANY WAY HOPE ALL HERE HAVE A GREAT SUNDAY AND
          SEMPER FI.
          Jim.

      2. Spot on. Unfortunately the shooting war is coming real soon. As ANTIF Brown Shirts become more aggressive against innocent Americans that have done nothing more than support the political candidates they choose. Maxine Waters is behaving exactly like Ernest Rhom in Hitler’s NAZI Germany. Remember how that all ended?

    5. A politician with a law
      never stops a bad guy with a gun.
      The politician’s law only controls the good guys,
      but that is the politician’s true agends.

    6. The problem is that the demo-rats don’t want to discuss any gun control, they want them banned period, END OF DISCUSHION PERIOD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    7. I am fascinated at the huge response one shooter draws from law enforcement…probably 20 if not 100 to one. Imagine a municipality dealing with 5 or 6 groups of resisting individuals spread out over miles, multiplied by a hundred if not a thousand municipalities. The government still has the upper hand, but how much would a front line officer be willing to take against his own people?

      1. Don’t forget hurricane Katrina in 2006 or so, in Louisiana, the police were going around taking the guns of citizens who had not broken any laws. The police did not object to this unlawful order, and they carried out in the name public safety. I would not be so trusting of the police and soldiers to do the right thing when it hits the fan.
        In the beginning anyone resisting the government will considered a criminal with lawful arrest warrants .
        Does any one think that a “criminal”can convince the police officer to join him?

        1. Yes indeed we can and it will be stunningly simple. As Mitchel Kotula describes above, when the match gets struck small groups of freedom fighters surrounding LE will quickly convince them that things are about to change. This will grow from the suburbs and spread to the larger cities. There is not a one that exists that could resist a siege from the surrounding population.

    8. I honestly don’t believe that the 2nd amendment will ever be abolished it is a part of our Constitution that was written be our founding fathers,yes I do know that that there are some out there that would like to see it abolished and remove guns from our modern day society,but the backlash and resistance to that I believe would be so great that it would make it impossible to ever happen think about how big of an undertaking it would be for the federal government to confiscate all of American citizens weapons and I think you can understand my point.I am a registered Democrat but I do firmly believe in our Constitution as well,i don’t believe in everything that the Democratic party stands for but I do believe that we need to begin to have serious discussions about what can be done to stop these uncontrollable mass shootings over the entire country every week it seems I hear about because obviously the current laws are not working to stop it,that is just my view and I’m sure everyone doesn’t agree with but like every other problem we have in this country we need to begin work together with one another to solve them,not try to divide the country to solve them. Lonewolf1965

      1. The current laws will never stop the mass shootings and other atrocities i until we put the fear of God into every individual. God has been taken out of schools, newscasters make fun of God. The churches have become a haven for pedophiles and crony money ministers.
        The Democratic party has become the communist party and are proud of it. We are slowly becoming a stand for nothing country.
        I believe President Trump is trying to get the country in the right direction, but look who is trying to stop him, our corrupt government.

        1. Keep sniffing the glue. Trump is for trump. He cares not at all for the american public or for your needs. Time to wake up

          1. I think it’s time for you to stop believing everything you hear on the FAKE news. BTW, who participated in selling 20% of our counties uranium to Russia? Trump? I must have missed that. Or your friends promise to take all the guns from citizens? Trump? Why are you on this site if you believe any of that crap?

          2. If Trump is for Trump why is he donating his salary to charity. He is actually trying to drain the swamp almost single handedly.

      2. Be advised Donald that there are some sixty countries out there with laws that forbid private ownership of firearms, and yet they have higher murder rates, per hundred thousand, than the United States. Laws are no substitute for an armed populace. Laws are already in place that prevent convicted criminals and mental incompetents from obtaining firearms. And we know that said laws don’t work.
        Honest people are constrained by feelings of guilt and shame. Sociopaths don’t have those sensibilities.

      3. @D. LaQyay, Until the progressive movement (meaning progress beyond the Constitution, see “Woodrow Wilson and the Roots of Modern Liberalism” Pestritto), we, Americans had a way to stop these uncontrollable mass shootings. We made a really scary example of people that committed capitol crimes, and we did it in public.
        Wilson, Holmes and many followers, egotistically wanted to prove to America, the world, and history that they were smarter than our Founding Fathers. Every “progressive’ theory has failed … and brought misery.

    9. At some point, in the foreseeable future, these people might be voted into office and attempt another coup d’etat.

      There are plenty of this sort who are not “voted into office” but appointed by they who are/were. Take a deeper look at the present kerfuffle with the Steele Dossier, those illegally acquired (by perjury) FISA warrants, even the FISA court itself, and the entire Clinton cabal, operating under the surface radar for decades. How many individuals have Clintons put into the ground? They’ve sold a fifth of our uranium stocks to foreigners, at HUGE profit accruing to themselves. SHE has enough evidence to put her beind bard for the rest of her miserable existence,m yet she remains at large, freely able to communicate with anyone anywhere. Mueller, Rosenstein, many operatives placed and emabled by the kinyun former occupant of the White House….. sorry forlks, but there IS no question we have a coup d’etat in progress amongst us. How else can anyone explain the lack of action taken against the antifa, Soros-funded civiul disturbances, the Never Trumpers, the coddling and enabling by our institutions of “higher learning”, cities and even whole states blatantly denying the authority of the Constitution and laws enacted persuant thereto, the many rogue “judges” taking up matters for which they utterly lack all authority, abusing their powers in outrageous ways, yet our Congress remains in their Rip van WInkle slumber as if everything is all roses and posies……. rather than impeaching them for usurping authroty not their own, and trying to render the effectiveness of a sitting and duly elected president moot…. if that ai’t a coup d’etat, there never has been one ever anywhere. So far it is largely bloodless. But that’s only because, as this article so well states, there remain about a third of the adults in this nation who are armed…… and no one knows to what extent they will comply with, or refuse to do so, present or soon to be enacted law.

      One of the key factors that carried our war for indepenedence from Britain back in the late 18th century was the decision, on the day of Lexington and Concord, to adopt that tactics of “assymetrical warfare”…… Yes, at Lexington and Concord, troops lined up facing off and blasted away, letting fall who fell, reloaing, and doing it again. BUT.. once Capt. Smith’s men managed to gather their beaten selves and commence their long straggle back home to Boston, they marched (sort of) in formation as usual, while dozens if not hundred os Yanks took potshots at them from behind ricks and trees, and at ranges two to three times what any Brit solider ever would have attempted… one man, “too old to fight” saddles his huge white mare and rode out parallel to Battle Road, having her stand in opportune places some two hundred yards plus from the road, and waiting for a company of soldiers to come round a turn into his view. He would fire two or three rounds, each one finding its mark, then mount up and ride further along the road and repeat. During the afternoon he, too old to fight, singlehandedly despatched somehwere between 15 and 18 British OFFICERS. Yes, he targetted officers. “Cut off the head of the snake”.

      When there are tanks about, don’t be foolish enough to fire upon them with your AR. Learn where the tanks are kept, and who keeps them. Follow them home, wait along the road as they go, wait until they are NOT in their tanks. Find how the fuel moves, disable that chain. Take out bridges necessary for the rapid movement of their materiel, or the tanks themselves. Assymetrical warfare is VERY effective. Once the ones who drive the tanks realise they personally are targets, they may tend to make an informed decision that their present occupation might not be so conducive to long life and happiness.

      1. Well documented. Those Brit soldiers had no idea of the resolve of their opponents. I live near the battle of Bennington and Saratoga. These were fought mostly by citizen farmers and they’d had enough. I am always moved by the sight of grave markers with ‘Joe Jones, 13th Mass Militia, 1776’.
        However, I do believe that it was Gen Gage that led the brits to Lexington.

    10. We are faced with difficult decision these days,most of us know with this ongoing cover up of wrong doing by the Obama administration during the 2016 election,by Washington insiders to prevent President Trunp getting into the Whitehouse,but now it has become even worst because of the refusal of government agencies to cooperate with Congress to get to the bottom of it and with the media help continue to mislead the American people! President Trump never colluded with Russia and I have not seen one shred of evidence other than a non stop propaganda campaign by the media but the thing that worries this American the most is that is most of the career politicians on both sides were and still in on the scam, I know you will just say another conspiracy theorist,but conspiracy theories are born of mis information or lack of information which has been used by the elite in Washington many times over many decades,the FBI refusal to turn over all documents requested by Congress unredacted because they are classified,well the election is over and President Trump’s has made perfectly clear to Russia we won’t tolerate interference in our election process! The Russian governments response was prove it, I say the same the FBI need to prove to the American people, I say declassify everything so people can make informed decision during our 2018 election and embarrassing the Russian government if true,so yes the second amendment is there if we need it,but I hope to God we never have to take up against each other over this,but at the same time if our government agencies and career politicians did knowningly and purposely conspired against the Trump campaign this may seem harsh but dragged from their home and hung for treason because interference with a free election is the highest form of treason and destroys everything that many people died for the Constitution!

      1. We wouldn’t be taking up against each other. We would only be taking up against a lawless government and those who support it.

    11. Michael you really nailed it, this is exactly what they want, be proud little sheep and don’t make any waves, just bow and K M A, oh don’t forget to pay your Taxes!!!!!!!!

    12. My grandad was a WWII combat veteran. When I was a kid he used to talk about America’s ‘next civil war’. It’s coming, folks. It’s coming…

      1. Our Founding Fathers would ALREADY have been finished shooting….a second time!!! America has been over run. We have let the enemy though “the wire”. Today, the enemy sits in the Command Post. Where will Liberal Progressives stand when the Second American Revolution breaks out?? DOWN RANGE!!! 🙂 🙂 🙂

    13. “But one question is asked, as a warning. How can anyone armed with a fully automatic weapon prevail against a government force with tanks, planes, and modern technical weaponry? Aren’t we making empty threats? Can we even think of resistance?” Answer: Afghanistan

      1. Excellent answer! Just ask the Soviets how that worked out for them (or the Brits before them with their supposedly superior arms and tactics). Ask our own tankers how those armored vehicles worked out for them in the jungles in Viet Nam. No amount of Government force will ever overcome an ARMED, FREE populace.

      2. @Quatermain, Well… brother, first we all know if a judge, senator, congressman, batfe agent or fib agent lives near us. We watch and keep track of their schedule … when they come when they go.
        Then we think about their vulnerabilities. Maybe they don’t have a canine early warning system. Maybe they like to jog for exercise. Maybe they have lax operational security standards.
        Maybe we, and our claw hammer, join them on their jog. Maybe when they arrive home we accidentally run into the open driver side door cutting their legs off. Maybe we pour a gallon of gasoline on their front porch and light it before they go to bed and when they come running out the front, we finish them off. Then maybe we forever keep our mouths shut.

      3. They can’t stay in tanks and planes forever ? Sooner or later they’ve got to take a crap and a leak and stop for some twinkies–that’s where you get’m —“boink” ok next.

    14. We hold these truths to be self evident..that all men are created equal….that they are endowed by their creator with certain inalienable rights.that among these are life liberty and the pursuit of happiness…that to secure these rights governments are instituted among men deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed..that whenever any form of government becomes abusive of these rights it is the right of the people to remove such government and replace it with one the people see fit..prudence indeed has showed that light and transient causes are not valid causes for a change in government…but when a long train of abuses……..gentlemen, here is your badge….this and to uphold and defend the constitution against all enemies both foreign and domestic.

      1. and with the exception of President TRump along with some good people in both houses Congress, those are Patriot leaders.
        we can BYPASS THEM AND GO FOR THE COMMUNIST RATS
        criminals traitors and seditionsist. AND WE THE PEOPLE HAVE THE RIGHT AND DUTY TO DO THIS BY right of GOD, AND LAW.

    15. There’s no need to regulate the second out of existence.” There is, however, a need to return to the original intention of the 2nd amendment and go from there. Contrary to Ammoland’s imaginary scenario of arming people to fight tyranny, the framers who wrote and debated the 2nd amendment left notes indicating that it was all about having ready call-up militias to secure a free state. And that’s how they wrote it. Article 1, Section 8, Clause 15 & 16 backs this up by giving the federal congress full control over the states militias (except for the appointment of officers) including deployment to “suppress insuurections.” Due to the Shay’s Rebellion a few years earlier, Washington feared that stupid rednecks would overthrow their new government. He wrote very specific letters to representatives urging the formation of these militias to shut down attempts to overthrow the government. And he presided over the Constitutional Convention to make sure that it happened.

      A secondary reason was also crucial for the inclusion of the 2nd amendment: several slave states refused to sign the Bill of Rights because they rightly feared that abolitionists like Hamilton and Morris might use Article 1, Section 8, Clause 15 & 16 to disarm their Slave Patrols/militias. Patrick Henry made an impassioned speech on the House floor over this very issue. So James Madison culled George Mason’s ahendment to Virginia’s Cobstitution that ensured the existence of Virginia’s slave patrols and introduced it to the House as the 2nd amendment. Once embedded in the Bill of Rights, Virginia signed giving them the 3/4ths of the states required to make it into law.

      That’s the documented actual history of the 2nd amendment, which as ypu can see is completely dufferent than the NRA’s revisionism that’s oft quoted now.

      1. Your revisionist “history” has been refuted by many noted Constitutional historians, one whom I know personally. The theory of militias being under total control of the Federal Government has been shot down (pun intended) in Cruikshank, Presser, Miller (in part) (although Miller was bad law) and Heller. If you want to continue to believe otherwise that’s up to you but don’t try pawning off half truths as gospel to suit your agenda.

      2. @Jon B, You mistake the nature of Rights as contrasted to Powers and Authorities. Rights, enumerated in the section of the Constitution known as the Bill of Rights, belong to individual persons. The powers and authority, that you refer to in clauses 15 and 16 of Section 8 in Article 1, belongs to Congress.
        Nothing in the Second Amendment belongs to Congress. Nothing in Article 1, Section 8, clauses 15 and 16 belong to individuals. Everything in the Second Amendment and everything in Article 1 are mutually exclusive.
        A well settled principle of constitutional interpretation is that if language in the Constitution uses the word Right, then what follows belongs to the people, or even one person. Language that uses the words power or authority refer to the executive, the judicial or the legislative branch of the federal government. Please see “Constitutional Interpretation by Ducat and Chase.

    16. I will keep my weapons and ammo, ready willing and able to defend the Constitution against all enemies foreign or domestic. This does enclude many in our own government.

    17. The first sentence of the opinion piece is unsupported delusion, invalidating the writing from the start and making the rest not worth reading. Unless of course one is predisposed unsupported opinions (ie: stupid).

    18. The article is delusional in the first sentence, making u supported clsims. Not worth continuing beyond that, unless one is delusional and presisposed to such beliefs.

      1. Since the US Army, National Guard, Marines and USAF and the Navy & CG is almost 100% US citizens, a tyrant could not expect the officers and men and women, citizen soldiers to use the weapons against free citizens. In fact, the oath that officers swear to is to the Constitution and not the President, Congress or the JCS.
        Any tyrant would have the uncertainty of whether an order to the Army would result in the citizens being arrested or killed by air strike or if the Officers would honor their Oath and join the rebellious citizens.
        Keep in mind, After years of oppression in Boston, finally in 1775 the Minutemen marched to preserve the arms they would need to conduct a Revolution. A year later the Continental Congress wrote the Declaration of Independence to explain and memorialize what they had done April 19, 1775.
        The a dozen years later they wrote a Constitution to make a new and better government. But when it went to the States for ratification many men, including Patrick Henry objected that te rights of the people were not adequately protected. The demand for a Bill of Rights before the new Constitution was ratified and official made the Bill of Rights the first order of business for the new, 1st Congress.
        Patrick Henry’s speeches demanding a Bill of Rights are printed in a book by Elliott titled DEBATES. Henry said that the militia clause in Article 1, Section 8 put the militia in the hands of Congress and paid by Congress. Henry said “your militia will desert you and fight against you. What will become of you and your rights?”
        The Bill of Rights was written to protect the rights of citizens to have the arms that are needed to depose a tyrant. A right and a duty the Declaration says the people must have to secure freedom.

        1. The Americans put up with decades of British tyranny before they chose to fight it. Like today, many people hesitated to use violence because they had a lot to lose. They waged war only after the British government escalated its arrests of ” trouble makers” , and then attempted to disarm the population as a whole.

          1. Wrong answer. In the corps I swore to follow instruction of the commander in chief , at the time was Bush1.The constitution was also in this oath.

            1. You swore the enlisted oath. Officers and civilians swear the oath to only the Constitution. Following orders is a matter of their conscience and the Constitution.

              The Oath of Office

              The Oath of Office

              I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the constitution of the United States against all enemies foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I take this obligation freely; and without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; that I will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office on which I am about to enter; So help me God.”
              I don’t see any mention of the officers above me in the chain of command or the President. I don’t see an expiration date. As long as I’m a citizen the oath applies.

            2. Just checking . Do you just sit near your computer all day waiting to correct someone. Personally if I were ever given an order to use my weapon against people here at home I would use my own judgment before firing . Just depends on the situation.I hope the men in service today would not blindly follow an order of that sort.

      2. “Sentience is the capacity to feel, perceive or experience subjectively.” Not the same as a SENTENCE. You lost everybody.

    19. Sorry, I couldn’t finish reading this drivel after the 1st couple paragraphs of lies & propaganda. Shameful that you’re taking part in the division of our nation with dirty tactics.

    20. My only critique is about Civil War 2.0. The more it’s mentioned the likelihood increases. Stop saying it! There are a lot of things I disagree with coming from the liberal progs, and their behaviors lately using violence is super uncool, BUT the notion of going to war with these people is reprehensible and appalling. For all their political defects they are fellows, Americans, essential parts of our Body Politic. Stop talking about and perpetuating this concept of civil war. Other than that, it’s a good article I guess. Ultimately everyone, left & right alike, want the same things: Liberty.

      1. You are wrong. The left does not want Liberty. The Left wants control. The Left is the only side trying to subvert the very foundation this country was built on. I’m sorry you are disturbed by such conversation but when our politicians stop listening to their constituents there is only one path to salvation for this country.

    21. I deeply feel America is heading toward a second Civil War, and just one shot/assassination fired by either side will ignite it! Similar to how WW1 started. America is a smoldering powder keg, and, sadly, being fueled by many made-up issues! I hear what Black Lives Matter is saying, but no one cries out for brutalized white guys beaten nearly to death by cops in Los Angeles. NOTE: I have friends on both sides.
      I am almost 80 and have had many black and Hispanic friends over the years, and one of my groomsmen was Mexican, but not one of these ever felt held back by white suppression. My 1966 boss at Raytheon, Ollie Hunt, was black, the only black at that time, and we all loved him and threw his 50th birthday party.

    22. See the problem is, the government has already taken our means to defense against tyranny.. we are already not permitted the same weapons that they themselves use such as automatic weapons, tanks, grenades, rocket launchers, weaponized drones.. etc.. so even if we #riseup we will be little match against such government thugs (keep in mind I only use such a term towards those government agents and agencies whom would violate our rights and act immorally.

      1. Donald, we are “allowed” to have automatic weapons and many arms that our military uses. Some are quite expensive and not easily stored and maintained by the average citizen, but with the proper licensing, etc., and enough money, and other resources, one being land, one is able to acquire many arms. Oddly, based on your comment about being out-matched, you must believe we have beaten the Afghanis.

    23. You open with an extraordinary claim: “it’s obvious the Democrats attempted to steal the election in 2016”.

      Extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence. What are you talking about?

    24. Never seen before? The same strategy has been in process since the War of Independence. They could have beaten us on the battlefield, they could not have held us on the ground. They tried again in 1812. That didn’t work out quite as well as was publicly expected. Instead, they then proceeded to systematically take us over, drop by drop, economically. Count up all of the Presidents, Republicans and Democrats all, who are related by blood to the “Royal Family.” Examine the “special relationship” between the USA and England. Study up on which other countries have slowly and methodically worked tirelessly to aquire, control and devastate our economic, social and physical infrastructure. Why did the government allow us to be stripped of our industrial base, and who got richer for their tratiorous actions? Which countries dock at the deep water harbors we established in Vietnam and where does all of that oil (and money) wind up? Ever wonder why the “Saudi Royal Family” (another wonderful creation of the British), turned off the taps in 1975? Anyone else remember the dark winter that went with it? The death grinder in the Middle East is a result of the Balfour decision, (look it up). Does anyone remember when Beirut was both the “Paris and Geneva” of the Middle East and is now in worse shape than Berlin in 1945 with no Marshall Plan in sight? Now we have all sides, either by direct action or by silent, tacit lack of response, stirring up the uncontrollable fringe elements, which are always present, and always there to destroy everything when they are turned loose. Generations of inflation have destroyed the family. Entire generations of children have been indoctrinated in the “Masters’ schools. Taught not quite enough to be useful to themselves and and just productive enough to keep the whole thing
      running, we now have two generations unable to do anything except push around paper, crave a “Safe Space” and unable to figure out why they are so angry and too uneducated and unable to do anything about it themselves. Why is it that the only two governments we can seem to get anywhere with are North Korea and Russia? Are there any countries left where being an American is still considered a good thing (and not just, for what they can get out of Uncle Sugar)? Recent polls indicate that no longer obtains, even here in America. We can’t have, we can’t allow ourselves to be agitated into a “Progressives” versus everyone else, “Civil War”. That will be all our enemies, our Republics’ enemies, will need to crush us once and for all. Foxtrot…Kilo…Alpha. 30

    25. I am not looking forward to the violence nor making sny threats. But I will not hand over my firearms or ammo. All one needs to hear is the words from Calif Dem de Leon. When someone asked why do we need another gas tax. He said something like, either that or they will be forced to make cuts in our protective services. Meaning raise our taxes or they will cut funding for law enforcement, firefighters, ect. We still have the 2nd Amd. What do you think they will say every time they want more money and we no longer have the 2nd ? Not hard to figure out. Hell im not one of those brainiac sheep . I wonder if funding for their armed security would be cut? Yea right. The sheep still dont understand that the Progressives are Socialist that are nothing more than Communist.

    26. I don’t think the Left has thought out just what they are asking for however thought facts and truth are not a part of their practiced religion or make that cult.

      1. The left will be exterminated if they try… Take it from former navy seal Craig Sawyer… After observing that all patriots, regardless of position, have a duty to protect the Constitution, Sawyer minced no words detailing what he believes would happen to those involved in Trump’s removal and he explained why:

        Anti-American subversives involved in ANY WAY in an unconstitutional coup against our President will be run down and executed immediately by the world’s most supreme warriors. There will be nowhere to run to, nowhere to hide, no mercy, no sense of humor. Harsh examples will be made. My prediction is it will be a gruesome massacre. Why? Because one side in this conflict has 8 Trillion bullets & the other side doesn’t know which bathroom to use.

        And, he added, it won’t take very long: “It will likely only take a few hours. Lessons will be learned. History will take note. Order restored.”

        1. Have another gulp of Kool Aid and keep hallucinating, pal. First, if Trump is removed from office it will be well-warranted and done fully within the law. And any wannabe commandos (or demented former SEALs) who think they can wantonly start killing folks will quickly be shut down by law enforcement. They will have a nice cell mate in fat, hairy Bubba and can spend the rest of their lives lamenting the stupidity of their crimes and yearning to have their life back.

          1. @Sh. Kid, I know of at least two worst case scenarios that would Constitutionally save Trump from being found guilty in any Senate impeachment trial. And I know two fatal Constitutional level flaws in the Mueller investigation.
            You should get Alan Dershowitz’s book “The Case Against Impeaching Donald Trump”.

      2. Hah, you used the words ‘thought, facts and truth’ and ‘left’ in the same sentence. That is a mistake. They can’t exist together.
        I got a kick out of the pictures in the article. My first thought was “nice starter collection.”

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