Those Who Would Give Up Liberty for Safety, Deserve Neither


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USA – -(“Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety.” Benjamin Franklin

While the original meaning of the famous quote from Mr. Franklin is taken somewhat out of context today (Franklin was writing about a dispute overtaxing the Penn family land to raise money for the French/Indian war), his original words do ring true when we speak of ceding our liberty to the government for some sense of security in the context with which we use them today. Many of us will never cede our freedom in the pursuit of temporary safety and believe that if we do, we don’t deserve either.

To frame it in perspective, think of the indignity suffered by law-abiding New Orleans residents during Katrina being yanked out of their homes at gunpoint by government troops using the backdrop of tragedy to forcefully confiscate private arms. Think of the search for the Boston bombers as government troops went door to door pulling people from their homes, conducting illegal searches in direct violation of their formidable 4th amendment rights. Think of power-hungry Socialist governors using media coverage of a virus, forcing private businesses to close and putting millions of Americans out of work. Not only does this threaten our economic survival but our constitutional right to bear arms during a time of media-driven hysteria, as well.

As the dinosaur media continue doing irreparable harm to the bedrock of our society by sowing the seeds of panic and fear over the coronavirus with incessant headlines and coverage worthy of a biblical apocalypse, the true nature of some politicians becomes evident. None of these events in and of themselves, a storm, two terrorists, and now a virus, are the reason people were yanked from their homes, shut down their businesses, or lost everything they had. On the contrary, it is the decisions made by a man or woman who has overstepped their legal and moral authority in their quest for power using the cover of these events to do so.

I’ve been discussing this with my listeners for the last few days and as we move deeper into the week, we’re watching the usual suspects, mostly liberal socialists such as Governor Andrew Cuomo in New York and Governor Murphy in NJ, use the hysteria to shut down their states. Nothing new here, really. I’m damned glad I don’t live there, under their rules.

I’m not the only one that feels this way, so please allow me the disclaimer that I am not insensitive to anyone who has contracted this virus and may in the future. I’m aware that I or someone in my own family may fall victim to it. What I am referring to is the actions taken by two potent entities in America, government and corporate media, which are dominated by and sympathetic to the actions taken by totalitarian state governors such as the ones mentioned.

To this end, I was pleased to see a column early this morning on another one of my sleepless nights by a man I have been critical of in the past, Judge Andrew Napolitano. His work, titled “Coronavirus Fear Lets Government Assault Our Freedom In Violation of the Constitution,” powerfully reminds us of the abuse of our 4th, 5th and 14th Amendment rights by these power-mad totalitarians saying,

“Add to all this, the protection in the First Amendment of the right to associate and the judicially recognized right to travel – both of which are natural rights – and it is clear that these nanny state rules are unconstitutional, unlawful and unworthy of respect or compliance.”

“Today the fear of contagion gives government cover for its assaults on freedom and poses a question the government does not want to answer: If liberty can be taken away in times of crisis, then is it really liberty; or is it just a license, via a temporary government permission slip, subject to the whims of politicians in power?” – Fox News

As gun owners, we’ve been witness to the actions of men like Cuomo, Murphy, and just about every other Socialist (formerly known as Democrats), for years. They’ve been attacking our natural right to self-defense their entire careers. Now, as the mainstream dinosaur media play into the hands of these extremist zealots by sowing the seeds of panic and fear, we are proven right, once again. That there are men and women, when provided the opportunity, will pursue their agenda in direct violation of our God-given rights and, in so doing, care nothing about the ramifications of their actions so long as it feeds their quest for power.

Eventually, they must be stopped.

About Mark WaltersMark Walters

Mark Walters is the host of two nationally syndicated radio broadcasts, Armed American Radio and Armed American Radio’s Daily Defense with Mark Walters. He is the Second Amendment Foundations 2015 Gun Rights Defender of the Year award recipient and co-author of several books, Grilling While Armed, Lessons from Armed America with Kathy Jackson and Lessons from UnArmed America with Rob Pincus. Follow Mark and support Pro-Gun media.

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What we are witnessing is a cascade of predispositions on the part of progressives to attack liberty at any opportunity. The Wuhan Virus is just one such opportunity. Katrina another. Kalifornia fires another. Under pressure the ideologically driven inclination of progressives and leftists is to diminish the power of the individual in favor of state power. That is so solidly baked in to our cake it is now ubiquitous and invisible to most Americans. That is just what two progressive political parties sell and what progressive public figures and corporations thrive on. Media in this country is simply one more… Read more »


From what part of this globe of insanity do you reside?


@CL – I’m only aware of two civil wars within the US (1st often refered to as revolutionary). Certainly not four within my lifetime in the US. Easy to imagine in Africa or maybe S. America, particularly if one flees each war to the wrong “safe haven.” Remind me not to follow @nringlee when escaping violence.

Heed the Call-up

Finnky, well he did survive, and stated that those against him are not enjoying their planned retirement, but an early interment. So by being with him, you may also be a survivor. US forces were in the Balkans, so that’s another place one could consider having fought in a civil war. He didn’t state that he was a citizen of the places where the civil wars took place, and his sign-off implies he is a Marine – they never retire, they are just no longer active. 🙂

Will Flatt

You forgot CA Governor Gavin Newscum, who said “suspending the civil laws of the state and imposing martial law …is an option”.

These commiecrats are weaponizing a medical emergency to terminate pretty much every part of the Bill of Rights. They’re doing this because every other shenanigan has failed, and they just discovered that the vast majority of health emergency laws in the USA were written over 100 years ago and were written in such a way that they suspend all basic rights of the people in the name of “public health”.


In a progressive utopia a government does not read the law. The government is the law.

Will Flatt

Remember the Senator from the movie “Shooter” starring Mark Wahlberg? The Senator quipped “The law is what I say it is!” – same spirit of tyranny. And what happened to the ‘good’ ol’ Senator? He got whacked, as it always should be with tyrants.


Darn, too bad it isn’t happening in REAL life. A LOT.

Will Flatt

Just. You. Wait.


Not the “government”, the psychopathic control freaks who run the government.


I can understand the travel restriction to slow down the spread of the virus but I too am angry at our so called media and the evil Socialists for they way they’re handling and using this virus. The level they have stooped to in politizing it and causing panic and fear is appalling and unconscionable. But then they have no scruples and care about nothing but power so it’s not surprising. They’re not arresting criminals and letting them out of jail but tell us not to buy guns and ammo. My reaction is bull**t. It’s funny that many anti-gunners are… Read more »


Rights are not very useful if they can be taken from you when you need them the most.


If we hand in our guns to the government either piecemeal or all at once what is going to protect us from the government??




You don’t hand them in..there ya go

Deplorable Bill

Mark, if you pull up the declaration of independence, about the first three paragraphs actually describe the present day situation we find ourselves in here in the U.S.A. Strange how history repeats itself !!! It’s not like the citizenry have not complained for decades and the answers our government overreach legislators give back to us are injurious to us and the constitution. Our forefathers KNEW what out of control, government overreach, socialism/communism/dictatorships and tyrants was like. They also knew how to stop it. Hence, the 2A. It should be obvious to everyone that the demoncraps/rhinos/progressives are actually socialist/communists both in… Read more »


Collectivism in all of its forms threatens freedom and liberty in all of its forms.

Read the Planks of the Communist Manifesto and the first ten amendments to the Bill of Rights of these United States..

Tell me what we are living under??


First three? The whole document! The grievances to the King are 10 fold more today! One of my local pet peeves is the 1st plank of the communist manifesto that everyone in this country lives under. PROPERTY TAXES. Oh, wait, the communists called it RENT. Well don’t pay that RENT and you’ll find out at gunpoint who REALLY owns “your” property. Pisses me off every year.

Green Mtn. Boy

Perhaps the times call for a action taken by citizens of the period of the founders,a good tar and feathering followed by a ride out of town on a rail, for any politician of any rank or position who would restrict our freedoms or liberties.

Will Flatt

I can get behind that!!


Make hanging great again.


And of course any Elitist who supports the UN Charter over the Constitution and Bill of Rights of these United States. Show them the exit through the trap door.


What? So they can clean up and ply their filthy trade somewhere else? Naaaaa…the people of Romania had a better more permanent solution. I’m all for this one…It’s called Romanian Term Limits.

Wild Bill

@GMB, If you do it by your self, then you will be branded a criminal. If you get a few folks to help, then you will be branded a gang. If you organize a group big enough to be taken seriously, then you run the risk of being infiltrated and informed on.

Deplorable Bill

To G.M.B. Tyranny and treason have a legitimate, worthy, legal, lethal and permanent penalty. Last I heard, any law that goes against the constitution is invalid, see Marbury vs Madison. so there IS legal president for it. IF THE COURTS and THE LEGAL SYSTEM don’t start doing their jobs, don’t be surprised when John and/or Jane Doe don’t handle it themselves. Things are getting THAT SERIOUS. But, prior to sentence being carried out, I would also recommend a PUBLIC and televised tarring and feathering to be used as prison clothing. Hopefully this will have the effect of stopping treason, tyrants,… Read more »


Insanity is the direct side effect of power in the hands of those who believe in the satanic political ideology of socialism/communism. It has been the most destructive of all political ideologies of the last 100 years, and will be the last enemy to be destroyed by the Lord of Lords and King of Kings on His return to what is left of this planet.

Will Flatt

Leftists ARE the virus.


I’ve already returned. And I’m not happy.


“Today the fear of contagion gives government cover for its assaults on freedom and poses a question the government does not want to answer: If liberty can be taken away in times of crisis, then is it really liberty; or is it just a license, via a temporary government permission slip, subject to the whims of politicians in power?”
Judge Andrew Napolitano


I know of ONE way to stop them…seemed to work in the situation I’m posting…

Deplorable Bill


Arm up, carry on.


H.R.5013 – Disaster Recovery Personal Protection Act of 2006
109th Congress (2005-2006)

Will Flatt

Did it pass, though? And if it did where is it in the US code?


Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Act on September 30, 2006 and it became Public Law 109-295.[4]
120 STAT. 1391
42 USC 5207

Will Flatt

THANKS! (Gonna save that in my sticky notes)


You’re welcome:
Tyranny Law #1 – Any power that can be abused will be abused.

Wild Bill

@Stripe, I could not find a SEC. 706. It went up to 699. Here, however, is 42 USC 5207: 42 U.S. Code § 5207. Firearms policies U.S. Code Notes prev | next (a) Prohibition on confiscation of firearms No officer or employee of the United States (including any member of the uniformed services), or person operating pursuant to or under color of Federal law, or receiving Federal funds, or under control of any Federal official, or providing services to such an officer, employee, or other person, while acting in support of relief from a major disaster or emergency, may— (1) temporarily… Read more »

Wild Bill

Ok, Here is Sec 706: 42 U.S.C 5201 Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act to add the following provision: SEC. 706. FIREARMS POLICIES. (a) PROHIBITION ON CONFISCATION OF FIREARMS- No officer or employee of the United States (including any member of the uniformed services), or person operating pursuant to or under color of Federal law, or receiving Federal funds, or under control of any Federal official, or providing services to such an officer, employee, or other person, while acting in support of relief from a major disaster or emergency, may– (1) temporarily or permanently seize, or authorize seizure of, any… Read more »


How stupid have we become?? Viruses CANNOT live without a host body. Viruses CANNOT spread through the air or on surfaces. Wake up dummies! This is nothing more than a power grab and an ushering in of the long anticipated New World Order they have been slowly pushing us into for decades. I hope you people wake up. Agenda 21 is here. How far you gonna let them take us?? Ready your guns. Get right with the Lord because one way or another you’re gonna meet him, whether you go there or He comes here. Time is short. God bless.


Incorrect. Viruses cannot REPRODUCE without a host body. They can certainly survive for a time, otherwise how could they infect others? As for how stupid we are becoming, your most basic error of reason here says all that need be said.

Ej harbet

They can only do to us what we let them do. Its not just because we have weapons.
Its because we love liberty enough to become a weapon in its defense. In my veins runs
The blood of a man who likely heard Patrick henrys liberty or death speech. His brothers went to canada
To continue being subjects but he stayed fought a revolution and began a family that to this day is willing to bleed and die fighting for freedom.


I’m trying to make sense of it all. If someone can transport a deadly disease, simply because the Constitution affords them that right, and they are allowed to play the role of Typhoid Mary, infecting an exponential chain of unwitting victims, where is my right to protect myself and my family, from what they are doing? I think we’d see a different picture emerge if they had a gun in their hands. At least this way they would be limited on the numbers they could kill. I tried to bring up another example of this awhile ago, when it came… Read more »