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Wednesday, October 26, 2005

The Right to Rebel

Finally, someone in the Judiciary who gets it:

"[T]he simple truth—born of experience—is that tyranny thrives best where government need not fear the wrath of an armed people. The prospect of tyranny may not grab the headlines the way vivid stories of gun crime routinely do. But few saw the Third Reich coming until it was too late. The Second Amendment is a doomsday provision, one designed for those exceptionally rare circumstances where all other rights have failed—where the government refuses to stand for reelection and silences those who protest; where courts have lost the courage to oppose, or can find no one to enforce their decrees. However improbable these contingencies may seem today, facing them unprepared is a mistake a free people get to make only once." —Federal Appeals Judge Alex Kozinski

Remember, we had fought our War of Independence just a few years before the Constitution was written; of course the framers wanted an armed citizenry! They clearly wanted Americans to be able to revolt if the United States became tyrannical. (That`s why Lincoln`s use of force to hold the republic together was an huge usurpation of authority.)

What does every tyrannt, thug, and despot attempt upon seizing power? Gun control. The first order of business when consolidating power is to seize guns to prevent counter-revolution. Any would-be dictator worth his salt knows enough to do that, lest he find someone depose him.

It`s good that someone from the Judiciary understands this basic principle. The right to bear arms is not only codified in the Constitution, but the purposes of that right are far more obvious than many ``rights`` found in the Constitution by the Black Robes (abortion, desegregation, etc.) The fact that liberals have been able to argue for gun control is a monument to the utter myopia and willful misunderstanding of the legislative and judicial branches.

We need more judges like Kozinski.

(Hat tip: The Federalist.)



Blogger BonnieBlueFlag said...

There was a day when it would have seemed improbable that the courts might be unable to find anyone to enforce their decrees, but I think that day may have passed.

Recent inconceivable and unbelievable rulings, made by the Ninth Circuit Federal Court and the Supreme Court itself, bring us closer to the day when they will rule to disarm the public, because of their fear for their own safety.

The Supreme Court, with the assistance of the ACLU, has already declared war on the majority of the people of this country.

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Blogger Michael Morrison said...

Declaration of Rights.
Section 1. That all power is inherent in the people, and all free governments are founded on their authority, and instituted for their peace, safety, and happiness; for the advancement of those ends they have at all times, an unalienable and indefeasible right to alter, reform, or abolish the government in such manner as they may think proper.
Section 2. That government being instituted for the common benefit, the doctrine of nonresistance against arbitrary power and oppression is absurd, slavish, and destructive of the good and happiness of mankind.

The above is from the Constitution of the sovereign state of Tennessee.

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