At great personal cost, the Founding Father purchased a precious gift for us. They risked their lives, their homes, and their reputations and endured becoming traitors. They did so in order to throw off the chains of monarchy in order to preserve the freedoms given by God, which should never be constrained by man. After years of famine, defeat, and hardship after a war against the best military of its day, the Colonials defeated the Regulars and established our right to three boxes.
Many of you know the boxes of of which I speak. They are the soap box (freedom of speech), the ballot box (freedom to elect out own leaders), and the cartridge box (right to bear arms against enemies foreign and domestic). When treated with the seriousness and reverence they deserve, this political trinity has served this nation well.
The soap box has resulted in a chaotic, sometimes messy and profane, but always important airing of thoughts and opinions about the state of our union, the preservation of our rights, and future direction of our Republic.
The ballot box, which is used to elect the leaders we see fit to represent us in governments on the local, state, and federal level, is our tool to pick representatives in legislatures and executives of towns, states, and the nation.
The cartridge box, so essential to the seizing of our natural rights from a tyranny that did not respect them, serves as check now, as then, on those who would overwhelm the soap box and corrupt the ballot box.
To many, we seem to be on the cusp of the darkest of times.
Sober and reflective men who have seen the horrors of combat in far away nations are grimly preparing their kit for a conflict within the borders of our Republic. They do this not because they desire an interruption of our domestic tranquility, but because they’ve already seen it shattered.
A relatively small group of self-proclaimed elites have infiltrated our most sacred institutions. They have attempted to limit our free speech by rewriting our history and burying our heritage, challenging the very language we write and speak. They are corroding and fragmenting our culture, and have already successfully established easily-controlled subgroups that think of themselves not as Americans, but “-Americans” first.
It is quite the coup d’etat. Just days ago, a noted scholar from the halls of a major university took to the “paper of record” to call for an end to the Constitution, to our our entire way of life. No denunciation from the poli-media class came. Why would it? He was, after all, espousing their views. Their goal was to shrink the soap box and limit the ideas allowed to be presented by it, and they have been shockingly effective.
The ballot box has been eroded by the same poli-media class. I need not describe in detail what you can see with your own eyes. Power corrupts and creates a hunger for more power. Generations of carefully cultivated voters have culled themselves from the American Dream, becoming dependents of the state, ensuring the eventual downfall of the Republic. It is now fiscally impossible to save the Republic, not that any current politician in either party has any desire to do so. That ballot box has been corrupted, and is now being used to extort the work of our best and brightest and most productive to serve the ill-informed, lazy, entitled, and profane for as long as the circus continues.
Two legs of the trinity corrupted and verging upon collapse, those who would see our Republic reduced to a memory of greatness and mediocrity are using a series of isolated crimes to condemn the last threat to their dreams of becoming a true ruling class.
The two bills that passed out of committee in Illinois last night are nothing more or less than a headlong assault on the right to keep and bear arms. One bill would criminalize the ownership of standard capacity magazines. The other seeks to outlaw all semi-automatic pistols, shotguns, and rifles, along with pump-action shotguns.
[Update: New York's legislature has also taken steps down the path to infamy, where merely owning an AR-15 would be a crime on par with rape.]
A powerful legislator in Iowa made a similar impassioned call for not just criminalization, but the forced confiscation of semi-automatic firearms. These proposals echo calls from New York governor Andrew Cuomo, U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein, and President Barack Obama.
All of the actors and acting parties are well aware of the explicit, contextual meaning of the Second Amendment to our Constitution.
They are cognizant of the fact that it was written to ensure that the People would remain armed with weapons of contemporary military utility.
They are aware it was written by men who had just won a long and bloody war against tyrants, so that any attempt at tyranny would be met with bloody resistance and the forfeiture of the would-be tyrant’s lives. Weapons of war are specifically the arms the Second Amendment was meant to protect.
The cartridge box is the last true threat to the lesser state and the downfall of our Republic. They will come at it, and us, with the ferocity of true believers.