Sunday, April 11, 2021

Gun owners' rights in danger

(My Eastern New Mexico News column for March 17, 2021-- Just to be clear, in spite of the headline, no one's rights are in danger; everyone's liberty [the freedom to exercise our rights] is in danger. Rights exist no matter what.)

Congress has begun another epic crime spree: they are passing new anti-gun legislation and plotting more in the near future. If any of this legislation passes, President Biden will sign it-- he's been bigoted against gun owners his whole political career.

More dangerous than the legislation itself is how the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (BATFE)-- a bureau which violates the Constitution by existing-- may interpret and enforce it.

One of the new proposals is to make every gun "transfer" subject to an FBI background check. The BATFE could then decide this means if you let a friend hold your gun you are both criminals unless you pay for a background check. Ridiculous? Yes, but this is the same agency which, in September 2004, declared a shoelace a "machine gun" for the purposes of punishing a gun owner.

The Second Amendment doesn't say which guns or gun accessories the people are allowed to own, how many, or with whose permission-- rather, it makes it a crime to pass or enforce any legislation concerning weapons. The Second Amendment doesn't address the people at all; it prohibits government actions. It is an expression of natural law, above any and all legislation.

Even without the Second Amendment, the natural human right to own and to carry weapons would still exist just the same as it has since humans first walked the Earth. Nothing can make a right go away or be subject to the opinions of politicians or their enforcers.

The Constitution also forbids the states to violate the rights of the people. There is no wiggle-room on this issue.

In a country where government respected and followed real law, those who pass, sign, or enforce anti-gun legislation would be headed straight to prison. Especially since they are committing these crimes more or less in the open without denying it. There's no question of their guilt.

This is what I feared would come with a Biden administration. It's why I would have preferred Trump to win, even though he was no friend of gun owners-- or of liberty in general.

You can have an opinion about the relative badness of competing politicians without supporting either one. Biden is proving my suspicions as to his shady character. I thought he would be a terrible danger to American liberty and he is.

It's coming; you've been warned. If you value liberty, you're in the crosshairs.


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Waiting for cops to do the right thing?

People really want to believe in the basic goodness and humanity of others. Even of those who have sold out and rejected their goodness and humanity in exchange for a paycheck and power. A paycheck funded by theft. This includes everyone who lives by the political means, but specifically cops.

They will keep enforcing evil legislation. They will keep stealing, murdering, raping, kidnapping, violating, and whatever else their "job" allows them to get away with, or requires them to do.

They aren't going to rise up and refuse to carry out the schemes of politicians. Not this time; not next time. They will enforce gun confiscations when they are told to do so. They already do this every single day, all over America.

Still, in many people, hope springs nearly eternal. Just the other day, someone said to me:

"I have this fantasy that, at the right time, the cops will wake up. But they won't, will they."

I'm sorry to tell you, but no, they won't. They've had plenty of chances and haven't yet. It's not going to happen. If you were counting on this happening, it's time to make alternate plans.

Those who had any ethics have already quit. The only "good cop" is a former cop.

I've known and had long discussions with cops, former cops, and cops-to-be. Only the former cops have ethics worth anything; frequently making me look like a fawning copsucker by comparison-- they hate what police have become. At least the ones I talked with did.

People who say "Don't tread on me" but who also support "law enforcement" are delusional. They are recognizing the disease while promoting its major fatal symptom. They might as well be saying "Never again!" while praising Hitler, building death camps, and flying the swastika flag.

It may be getting a bit late to change sides. Do you support liberty, or do you support those whose whole career centers around annihilating it? You can't have it both ways. This fence is no longer a comfortable place to sit. Someone is going to topple you from your precarious perch. Which side will you end up on? The cops' side, or the right side?


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