Bob Owens

The saddest truth in politics is that people get the leaders they deserve

Connecticut gun ban earns anti-constitutional cowards a new motto, “the treason state”

Written By: Bob - Apr• 02•13

Battle-of-Lexington

A well regulated militia being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.

Twenty-seven words.

The Second Amendment to the Constitution of the United States is among the most direct, straightforward laws every written in the English language, in any country or culture. It means precisely what it says, no more and no less.The government will not infringe upon the right of Americans to own weapons of war.

The men who wrote the Constitution and the Bill of rights were part of the most educated and intelligent group of men to assemble anywhere at any time in history, and they were all “damned rebels” who had taken up arms against a far-away tyrant. Each of these Founding Fathers meant for every American citizen to be armed with weapons of war to beat back not just frontier raiders or encroaching foreign powers, but to beat back government itself.

Tenche Cox, Pennsylvania delegate to the Continental Congress, twice explained the purpose of the Second Amendment to his fellow citizens, first writing in The Pennsylvania Gazette, on Feb. 20, 1788.

The militia of these free commonwealths, entitled and accustomed to their arms, when compared with any possible army,  must be tremendous and irresistible. Who are the militia? Are they not ourselves? Is it feared, then, that we shall turn our arms each man against his own bosom. Congress have no power to disarm the militia. Their swords, and every other terrible implement of the soldier, are the birth-right of an American … the unlimited power of the sword is not in the hands of either the federal or state governments, but, where I trust in God it will ever remain, in the hands of the people.

He wrote again a year-and-a-half later:

As civil rulers, not having their duty to the people duly before them, may attempt to tyrannize, and as the military forces which must be occasionally raised to defend our country, might pervert their power to the injury of their fellow-citizens, the people are confirmed by the next article in their right to keep and bear their private arms.

Tench Coxe and the other Founders were speaking of every Democrat and Republican who cravenly crafted these unconstitutional assaults on liberty behind closed doors in the dead of night. They are cowards. They are perverts. They are petty tyrants deserving of a rope and a lamppost.

These are men and women who have betrayed the Founding Fathers, their oaths of office, and the United States of America by passing gun laws that are a direct assault on the Constitution that American patriots have fought and died for from Lexington Green in 1775, to Kandahar in 2013.

AR-15s and the standard 30-round magazines that are the basic kit for these firearms are the birthright of every law-abiding modern citizen, as are the other firearms and accoutrements of war that these craven tyrants pass unconstitutional laws against not to protect the people against violence—they account for far less than 4% of all gun crimes, despite being the most popular firearms sold in the United States—but in an attempt to protect themselves from a citizenry that knows the beginning of a tyranny when it sees one.

Make no mistake; they intend to be your masters.

Make no mistake; they imagine themselves your betters.

Americans trapped behind the lines in the new slave states of New York, Colorado, and Connecticut must center themselves and make a moral determination. Will they be free men and women according to the explicit intent of the Constitution and Bill of Rights, or if they will bow down to be the slaves of petty tyrants in silk suits espousing failed ideologies from nations who have always been the enemies of the Free?

Questions must be  asked, and answered.

What price do you place on your children’s freedom? Is their liberty worth sacrificing your life?

If you don’t stand up to tyrants now, when will you? After the gallows floor gives way?

A revolution starts with a single spark in dry grass. If you won’t stand up, who will?
It is a grim determination each must make in their heart. In an earlier day, a man calling himself “Publius” wrote the following to Americans wrangling with those same questions in far more perilous times:

THESE are the times that try men’s souls. The summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from the service of their country; but he that stands by it now, deserves the love and thanks of man and woman. Tyranny, like hell, is not easily conquered; yet we have this consolation with us, that the harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph. What we obtain too cheap, we esteem too lightly: it is dearness only that gives every thing its value. Heaven knows how to put a proper price upon its goods; and it would be strange indeed if so celestial an article as FREEDOM should not be highly rated.


I once felt all that kind of anger, which a man ought to feel, against the mean principles that are held by the Tories: a noted one, who kept a tavern at Amboy, was standing at his door, with as pretty a child in his hand, about eight or nine years old, as I ever saw, and after speaking his mind as freely as he thought was prudent, finished with this unfatherly expression, “Well! give me peace in my day.” Not a man lives on the continent but fully believes that a separation must some time or other finally take place, and a generous parent should have said, “If there must be trouble, let it be in my day, that my child may have peace;” and this single reflection, well applied, is sufficient to awaken every man to duty. Not a place upon earth might be so happy as America. Her situation is remote from all the wrangling world, and she has nothing to do but to trade with them. A man can distinguish himself between temper and principle, and I am as confident, as I am that God governs the world, that America will never be happy till she gets clear of foreign dominion. Wars, without ceasing, will break out till that period arrives, and the continent must in the end be conqueror; for though the flame of liberty may sometimes cease to shine, the coal can never expire.

Quitting this class of men, I turn with the warm ardor of a friend to those who have nobly stood, and are yet determined to stand the matter out: I call not upon a few, but upon all: not on this state or that state, but on every state: up and help us; lay your shoulders to the wheel; better have too much force than too little, when so great an object is at stake. Let it be told to the future world, that in the depth of winter, when nothing but hope and virtue could survive, that the city and the country, alarmed at one common danger, came forth to meet and to repulse it. Say not that thousands are gone, turn out your tens of thousands; throw not the burden of the day upon Providence, but “show your faith by your works,” that God may bless you. It matters not where you live, or what rank of life you hold, the evil or the blessing will reach you all. The far and the near, the home counties and the back, the rich and the poor, will suffer or rejoice alike. The heart that feels not now is dead; the blood of his children will curse his cowardice, who shrinks back at a time when a little might have saved the whole, and made them happy. I love the man that can smile in trouble, that can gather strength from distress, and grow brave by reflection. ‘Tis the business of little minds to shrink; but he whose heart is firm, and whose conscience approves his conduct, will pursue his principles unto death. My own line of reasoning is to myself as straight and clear as a ray of light. Not all the treasures of the world, so far as I believe, could have induced me to support an offensive war, for I think it murder; but if a thief breaks into my house, burns and destroys my property, and kills or threatens to kill me, or those that are in it, and to “bind me in all cases whatsoever” to his absolute will, am I to suffer it? What signifies it to me, whether he who does it is a king or a common man; my countryman or not my countryman; whether it be done by an individual villain, or an army of them? If we reason to the root of things we shall find no difference; neither can any just cause be assigned why we should punish in the one case and pardon in the other. Let them call me rebel and welcome, I feel no concern from it; but I should suffer the misery of devils, were I to make a whore of my soul by swearing allegiance to one whose character is that of a sottish, stupid, stubborn, worthless, brutish man. I conceive likewise a horrid idea in receiving mercy from a being, who at the last day shall be shrieking to the rocks and mountains to cover him, and fleeing with terror from the orphan, the widow, and the slain of America.

There are cases which cannot be overdone by language, and this is one. There are persons, too, who see not the full extent of the evil which threatens them; they solace themselves with hopes that the enemy, if he succeed, will be merciful. It is the madness of folly, to expect mercy from those who have refused to do justice; and even mercy, where conquest is the object, is only a trick of war; the cunning of the fox is as murderous as the violence of the wolf, and we ought to guard equally against both.

“Publius” was Thomas Paine, the document from which I excerpted was The Crisis, and at stake was our liberty, still in the womb.

Today’s tyrants are betting you won’t stand and fight, that you are all too comfortable, too domesticated, too tame, and too easily enslaved. They judge you full of bluster, but of not having the grit to stand against their schemes.

Questions must be asked that will only be answered by your actions.

What do your actions say about you?

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9 Comments

  1. simms520 says:

    I have only but one life to give to my country! So be it! I will make a stand with all my brothers & sisters! “Molon Labe”

  2. T-Bone says:

    What an incredibly powerful quote by Thomas Paine. Two sections stand out to me: “If there must be trouble, let it be in my day, that my child may have peace;” and, “I should suffer the misery of devils, were I to make a whore of my soul.” Thank you, Bob.

  3. Cole says:

    I think most people see war as inevitable. You won’t see open revolt until the enemy sends troops marching in the streets. But nonviolent resistance? I don’t think so. Certainly not from people outside those states. And other than ignoring the laws and hiding weapons little will happen. Which will only hasten the war. You won’t see a giant march of people open carrying through the capitol or major cities in defiance of the law. Officials won’t be tarred and feathered. We lack the resolve and organization that the Founders relied upon. Getting free men to follow a common goal is like herding cats right now. War will come. Vince Aut Morire.

    “As spring approached in 1775, the atmosphere in Boston grew heavy with foreboding. ‘Things now every day begin to grow more and more serious,’ Lord Percy wrote home on April 8. It was one of the few facts on which everyone could agree. Here was a curious phenomenon, rarely studied by historians of war, and yet always part of its antecedents. On both sides, men acquiesced in a growing sense that conflict was inevitable. Many adopted this idea of inevitability, as an act of choice. That expanding attitude rapidly became the father of the fact.”

    — Paul Revere’s Ride by David Hackett Fischer

  4. Orion says:

    There are a lot of people just waiting for it to start.

    But the clock’s ticking. It will start. No later than 2019, I’d wager.

    Orion

  5. Kevin Kehoe says:

    2019, if it does not start with in the Next year or so we will be done.
    Cooked outnumbered and probably starved to death.
    I will be long dead here in NY if I cannot leave they will have all guns confiscated by the end of 2014

  6. smitty says:

    Great piece, but for “…these firearms are the birthright of every law-abiding modern citizen…”

    The myth of the “law abiding citizen”…is quite silly, really…because there are few who truly qualify, at least when the laws in question are the enormous thicket of man’s laws…

    While the great share of us go about a peaceful existence, confident that we are good “law abiding citizens”…that confidence rests on very thin ice…and day by day the heat is ratcheted up…

    See Three Felonies A Day: How the Feds Target the Innocent by Harvey Silverglate

    The average professional in this country wakes up in the morning, goes to work, comes home, eats dinner, and then goes to sleep, unaware that he or she has likely committed several federal crimes that day. Why? The answer lies in the very nature of modern federal criminal laws, which have exploded in number but also become impossibly broad and vague. In Three Felonies a Day, Harvey A. Silverglate reveals how federal criminal laws have become dangerously disconnected from the English common law tradition and how prosecutors can pin arguable federal crimes on any one of us, for even the most seemingly innocuous behavior. The volume of federal crimes in recent decades has increased well beyond the statute books and into the morass of the Code of Federal Regulations, handing federal prosecutors an additional trove of vague and exceedingly complex and technical prohibitions to stick on their hapless targets. The dangers spelled out in Three Felonies a Day do not apply solely to “white collar criminals,” state and local politicians, and professionals. No social class or profession is safe from this troubling form of social control by the executive branch, and nothing less than the integrity of our constitutional democracy hangs in the balance.

    source: http://www.amazon.com/Three-Felonies-Day-Target-Innocent/dp/1594035229

    And there is also the confusing briar patch of ridiculous state and local laws…

    Once a prosecutor-or police-decide to target you, as they train a keen eye on you, they need only consult the myriad laws and regulations in order to wrap a criminal accusation around your neck, then proceed with a probability of conviction of 90% or greater. And even if the “crime” be non-violent, if it is a felony, or certain misdemeanors such as domestic troubles, kiss your “right” to possess arms goodbye.

    Though the 2nd Amendment says “shall not be infringed”, it will be, under certain circumstances. Though at first glance this may seem reasonable (remember, the gun-grabbers love that word), it is not. There were felons among our revolutionary ancestors (in fact, the British government considered them ALL to be felons merely for their rebelliousness). Once a “felon” has done his time, paid his debt to society, why then must he or she be stripped of their rights? Only those felons that are not intending to do wrongs to person and/or property will obey…

    The bed-ridden may be the only law-abiding these days…

    And, the day may also be quite near where “law abiding” may be a shameful badge to bear…

    ————–

    I think that the proper “spark” may be reissuance of an updated Declaration of Independence. Jefferson’s document need only be addressed to our own government rather than the British Crown, with but a few minor adjustments…

    A careful reading of the list of grievances and the non-responsiveness of petitions for relief finds little that isn’t fully applicable to our present circumstances…

  7. Clay Moore says:

    I recall an article back in the late ’60’s or early ’70’s, long before liberalism became the craziness of today. The author warned that because so many people had never been to a farm, let alone worked a farm, that their ideas about life were becoming skewed. People were against killing cows or keeping chickens in cages. Yet, they ate hamburgers and fried chicken. While wiping the grease from their fingers they will cast a vote that essentially outlaws the food they just ate. But the most inexplicable impact of never having lived on a farm is the experience of death. Instead of viewing death as part of life, they believe it must have a cause. Without this cause, life would be eternal. So, when grandpa dies in the hospital, it is the hospital’s fault. There must be a reason; some mistake they made.

    Never having lived in a country at war or in revolution, they view the implements of war or revolution as the evil in themselves; not the despot who would ban smoking, large sugary drinks, the killing of meat and who would promise “accessible” health care for all.

  8. A friend says:

    Say nothing via electronic means.

    Know exactly to whom you are speaking before saying anything.

    Remember that a cellphone will track your location as long as the battery is connected.

    And bear in mind that the only way that 2 people can keep a secret is if one of them dies.

  9. Earl says:

    Magnificent post Bob, thanks.