By L. Neil Smith
In America, the highest law of the land consists of the first ten amendments to the United States Constitution, commonly known as Bill of Rights.
Unlike the remainder of the Constitution (which merely serves as an “operating system” for the government), The Bill of Rights is the exclusive property of the American people, their guarantee of liberty, and the essential condition, historically, on which the rest of the Constitution was ratified.
The Bill of Rights is not simply a laundry list of things that government generously allows it humble subjects to do. (Go to Canada, if that’s the kind of society you prefer, go to disarmed and prostrate Australia) It is a list of things that government is absolutely forbidden to do by the people, who were meant own and control it. A far better name for it would have been the “Bill of Limits”.
As such, the Bill of Rights was never intended by its authors to be readable and understandable, only by so-called or self-appointed elite “experts” but by everyday citizens. Its mandates are not to be trivialized or interpreted away by judges, courts, lawyers, or collectivist legal “scholars”, whose real interest lies in controlling individual lives by naked, brute force, if necessary.
Ordinary Americans are entitled to express any opinion they wish, a right guaranteed to them under the First Amendment. Politicians, political appointees (bureaucrats), and police officers _gave up that right_ when they took an Oath of Office — required by law — to uphold and defend the Constitution.
Accordingly, any politico, bureaucrat, or cop who attempts to nullify or suspend any part of the Bill of Rights in any way is a criminal, having (A) committed perjury when he took his Oath of Office, (B) for disregarding the civil rights provisions of Title 18 of the U,S. Code, Sections 241 and 242, and (C) having engaged in what amounts to an act of “Rebellion against the Constitution”, forbidden under the Fourteenth Amendment.
An additional crime, (D) is to be found in the Bill of Rights, itself, specifically, in the Second Amendment, which asserts (written and duly-ratified laws are allowed to do that) “the right of the people to keep and bear arms” (which, in 18th century terminology simply means, “the right of the individual to own and carry weapons”) is ‘”necessary for the security of a free state”) That means clearly that any politician, bureaucrat, or cop who tries to take weapons away from Americans is endangering the security of a free state and is therefore guilty of treason.
Which famously calls — strictly under due process of law, mind you– for an especially severe punishment, involving a length of rope and a drop through a trapdoor. Talk about being “de-platformed”.
It brings a whole new meaning to the expression “swingers”.
And to “hanging judge, as well.
Now you may well wonder (I actually pretend I can hear you asking) why these laws have not been energetically enforced and these penalties have not been properly meted out. It’s simply because the criminals themselves have been in charge of the law, and for a long, long time.
If they hadn’t, just to point out a single example, Wyatt Earp, and his pack of brothers, far from any kind of heroes, would have been among the first trapdoor dropees, for having forcibly created the first “gun-free zone” in Dodge City, Kansas. The man himself was beyond corrupt: a crook, a whore-monger. a thug, an apologist for Lincoln Administration brutalities, and was continuing a vendetta against impoverished former Confederates out west.
But as usual, I have digressed.
Now the security of our free state is threatened with “red flag” laws, a simple-minded, evil scheme to circumvent the Second Amendment entirely, and cut it out of the Constitution, and use corrupt judges and the police to forcibly strip everyone of their means of personal and national defense. It cannot stand.
Clearly Congress, the various state legislatures, and the egregiously mislabeled “justice system” are not up to doing the right thing in this regard. If they were, every capitol building in the nation would be filled with empty seats, rather than empty suits. That’s why I’m proposing — and with extreme reluctance, believe me — an organization to “provide new guards for [our] future security.
The “Red Flag Council” will be a national group, a step beyond the National Rifle Association or the Second Amendment Foundation, or even Gun Owners of America or my _Alma Mater_, Jews for the Preservation of Firearms Ownership, that publicly lists politicians, bureaucrats, and police by name (not the same as “doxing” them), all those who have taken an Oath of Office, to “uphold and defend” the Constitution — and betrayed it. The Red Flag Council will relentlessly work toward their prosecution. With an eye toward the future, it would be wise to track candidates, and their views on Constitutional rights, as well.
The “Red Flag Council”. American colonists won their Revolution thanks largely to the clunky, short-range “Brown Bess”, a bit of a blunderbuss, with which the Crown was accustomed to enforcing its Imperial will. By comparison, significant elements among the rebels were equipped with “assault rifles” their own, personal, deadly flintlock rifles, which were ray-guns, phasers, by comparison. We were better-armed than the bad-guys were, which is exactly how the Founding Fathers wanted it to remain, forever. The high-capacity semiautomatic weapons we enjoy today, are
The “Red Flag Council”. English lawyers and judges wear white wigs for the same reason that rattlesnakes have rattles. If there had been any red flag laws back then, I’d be writing this now, with a British accent. As it is, the fight began with an attempt by 1200 redcoats (which ended for them in a humiliating rout) to confiscate private weaponry at Lexington and Concord. They should have known better — I’ll bet a lot of them did.
The “Red Flag Council”. The whole idea, since then, has been that civilians ought to be at least as well-armed as the military. Maybe even better. Setting Wyatt Earp aside, the first large-scale infringement of the individual right to own and carry weapons was in the 1930s. It was disguised as anti-gangster legislation because it was an unconstitutional power-grab, enacted because Franklin Delano Roosevelt and his communist pals were wetting their panties, afraid of a coup, which very nearly happened. (Look it up.)
The “Red Flag Council”. Since then the government and the insatiably greedy left have ridden roughshod over rights that were supposed to have been guaranteed to us, and the right wing has started to join them. It is no coincidence that the resident parasites in politics who want to steal as much of what we’ve earned from us as they can, also demand that we be forced (somehow) to give up what my friend the late Aaron Zelman used to call our “liberty teeth”.
The “Red Flag Council”. If you want to help us in some way, let us know. We could use your assistance to help keep this a free country.
Having striven against the Dark Side since 1968, I’m absolutely determined that, now it’s going to cost them something, at long last.
There are at least a hundred million gun owners in America. I can’t think of a single Democrat who deserves to occupy anything but a jail cell. And if we gun owners stay home next November, because our “own” side took us for granted (the way Democrats do black people) and failed to adequately defend our rights, no Republican will ever hold office again.
Award-winning writer L. Neil Smith is Publisher and Senior Columnist of L. Neil Smith’s The Libertarian Enterprise and author of over thirty books. Look him up on Google, Wikipedia, and Amazon.com. He is available at professional rates, to write for your organization, event, or publication, fiercely defending your rights, as he has done since the mid-60s. His writings (and e-mail address) may be found at L. Neil Smith’s The Libertarian Enterprise, at JPFO.org or at https://www.patreon.com/lneilsmithHis many books and those of other pro-gun libertarians may be found (and ordered) at L. Neil Smith’s THE LIBERTARIAN ENTERPRISE “Free Radical Book Store” The preceding essay was originally prepared for and appeared in L. Neil Smith’s THE LIBERTARIAN ENTERPRISE. If you like what you’ve seen and want to see more, he says, ”Don’t applaud, throw money.“
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