Too Much Freedom & My Ability to Say, “NO,” & Instantly Enforce It


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Too Much Freedom & My Ability to Say, “NO,” & Instantly Enforce It

Ft Collins, CO –-( “They crush people to earth, and then claim the right to trample on them forever!” ~ Lydia Child

How do I explain it?

Contrary to leftist dogma, I don’t carry a concealed pistol in public, because I secretly harbor some surreptitious desire to shoot criminals, any more that I keep a fire extinguisher in my home and vehicle, because I harbor some consuming desire to put-out fires.

I consider these practices, both involving sensible emergency/safety equipment, to represent reasonable and prudent precautions, ones we all sincerely hope never become necessary.

Anyone even vaguely familiar with what we all laughingly call our “Justice System” knows and understands the legal, financial, and emotional trauma that invariably attends any shooting incident, regardless of participants, circumstances, nor outcome. It is the last thing any rational person, including me, ever wants to become involved in!

Yet, I carry a concealed pistol, so that I can place absolute limits on what people can do to me and those in my charge.

So that I can say “No,” and have that single syllable represent more than just platitudinous rhetoric, more than just a “feel-good” cliche.

As a sovereign American Citizen, I can say, “No,” and be in a position to personally, instantly enforce it, with lethal finality, upon my own summary command and judgment.

Few other civilizations trust citizens with such personal authority.

That is because, in most nations, even most Western nations, the term “citizen” is little more than a cynical euphemism! Most “citizens,” even in the West, are actually “subjects.” Subjects who have no rights, and who may enjoy only those precious few “privileges” casually bestowed upon them by the ruling elite, privileges that can be granted, or withdrawn, at a whim.

Not surprisingly, such “subjects” are routinely, arbitrarily crushed to earth and trampled upon by criminals, criminals from both the public and private sectors.

Not here in the United States!

In this Republic, a “Bill of Privileges” is found nowhere in our Constitution.

Here, we sovereign citizens have rights, and our rights are not benightedly dribbled-out to us by arrogant politicians. We are endowed with them by our Creator! Our Founding Documents say so, in unmistakable terms.

So here, self-defense is the right of every citizen. And, not just with fences, locks, alarms, warning signs, and clever rhetoric.

Our personal right of self-defense extends to lethal force.

This right has teeth, and without it, the rest are illusory.

Accordingly, this right must ever be protected from sleazy neo-Marxists who, occasionally peering-out from behind their ecumenical cadre of heavily-armed bodyguards, profess to worry about us mere citizens having “too much freedom!”


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About John Farnam & Defense Training International, Inc

As a defensive weapons and tactics instructor John Farnam will urge you, based on your own beliefs, to make up your mind in advance as to what you would do when faced with an imminent lethal threat. You should, of course, also decide what preparations you should make in advance if any. Defense Training International wants to make sure that their students fully understand the physical, legal, psychological, and societal consequences of their actions or in-actions.

It is our duty to make you aware of certain unpleasant physical realities intrinsic to the Planet Earth. Mr. Farnam is happy to be your counselor and advisor. Visit:

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Deplorable Bill

AMEN, good article. Carrying a weapon has nothing to do with Rambo/Willis/Wayne/Eastwood etc. It’s all about having choices. You may be able to run and you may be able to hide with or without a firearm but with a firearm you have the added choice and chance to fight back, to stop evil. The TRUTH is; WE ARE THE FIRST RESPONDERS. If not me, then who? If not now, when? The 2A was not given to us to guarantee one’s right to defend themselves, that has been taken for granted since Cain murdered his brother Able. We were given the… Read more »


“The laws that forbid the carrying of arms are laws of such a nature. They disarm only those who are neither inclined nor determined to commit crimes…. Such laws make things worse for the assaulted and better for the assailants; they serve rather to encourage than to prevent homicides, for an unarmed man may be attacked with greater confidence than an armed man.”
– Thomas Jefferson, Commonplace Book (quoting 18th century criminologist Cesare Beccaria), 1774-1776


That was one of the best pieces I have read in along time. Outstanding job! I have long said that your right to a gun free zone ends where my barrel begins. And now, you’ve gone and put into words. I thank you for that. Now if we can just get all those criminals to read it…

a.x. perez

Jackie Chan, as a spokesperson for the Chinese government one time said that. When pushed he claimed that what he meant was freedom from responsibility. It seems many of those who think the average American has too much freedom are the ones who shun their responsibilities.


Outstanding article!


Very well put.


Good article, Mr. Farnum. However, the fact is that the Second Amendment states unequivocally that the right of the people to keep and bear arms SHALL NOT BE INFRINGED! Our federal and state governments infringe on that right EVERY DAY! If you, as a citizen, demand your right to keep and bear arms without infringement, the government will KILL YOU! THAT IS A FACT!!!


they will first have to FIND him. Then get NEAR enough to comlete their chosen mission, IF he does not effectively elude or repel them. And then, ince they’ve accomplished their sorry goal, they may well have to deal with others who take his demise as a personal affront, and seek to restore moral law. Sort of like General Gage’s minions, sent to disarm the good and librty loving people of Lexington and Concord. At Lexington all went well enough. By the time they advanced to Concord, word of their Bloody Buthchery had preceded them. By that time, 14,000 armed… Read more »


Thank you for that. Well said, informative, and most of all–inspiring!


I do demand that My Right to Keep and Bear arms is Not Infringed upon by any of the Unconstitutional Laws these people Who work for Us put on the Books. I Know that by this Demand I may be Killed by My own Government, but by God I won’t be the only one going down that day!


Thank you , SIR !

Pistol Pete

excellent piece – too bad you can’t get main stream media to print this for the rest of the country to read, or some other nation wide news outlet.


Bravo, John. Yet again nailed it.


Bravo, John. Bill