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Sixty Million Armed Patriots ... and Counting

By Mark Alexander · Jan. 30, 2009

“No freeman shall ever be debarred the use of arms.” –Thomas Jefferson

Under the “leadership” of Barack Hussein Obama and his NeoCom cadres, the U.S. economy will most assuredly decline as they will raise taxes and print “bailout and infrastructure” money on the theory of “trickle up poverty” – which will inevitably result in a prolonged recession followed by hyperinflation and/or a protracted depression.

Or does the latter “risk” constitute their real plan to break the back of free enterprise and replace it with a centralized socialist economy by way of taxation and regulation?

Obama and his Demo colleagues in the Senate and House have taken a sacred oath to “support and defend” our Constitution, but they have no record or intention of honoring their oaths.

So where does that leave “The People”? Well, if the politicians don't honor their oath, why should we honor their office? That is a question for another day.

At no time in our history has the future of American Liberty been secure without a vigorous defense of the plain language of our Living Constitution” promoted by Barack Obama and his gang of judicial activists.

And there is no more important place to start at this moment in our history than with the Second Amendment to our Constitution.

In 1833, Justice Joseph Story, appointed to the Supreme Court by our Constitution's principal author, James Madison, wrote the following in his “Commentaries on the Constitution of the United States”: “The right of the citizens to keep and bear arms has justly been considered, as the palladium of the liberties of the republic; since it offers a strong moral check against usurpation and arbitrary power of the rulers; and will generally, even if these are successful in the first instance, enable the people to resist and triumph over them.”

That was never more true than today.

Obama claims: “I believe in the Second Amendment. Lawful gun owners have nothing to fear. I said that throughout the campaign. I haven't indicated anything different during the transition. … We can have reasonable, thoughtful gun control measures that I think respect the Second Amendment and people's traditions. I think there's a lot of room before bumping against a constitutional barrier.”

Lots of room, if you are talking about that “Living Constitution.”

However, Obama's nominee for attorney general, Eric Holder (formerly Janet Reno's Deputy Attorney General), who faces Senate confirmation next week, reaffirmed in the recent DC v. Heller Supreme Court case his long-held position that the Second Amendment affirms no right of individual gun possession by private citizens.

Holder insists that the Second Amendment “does not protect firearms possession or use that is unrelated to participation in a well-regulated militia,” which he interprets as a military unit. Of course, our Founders understood “militia” to be synonymous with “the people,” but Holder must have skipped his law school's elective on “original intent.”

Holder's remarks seem to conflict with his boss's statements about gun ownership, but Obama is not referring to the rights assured by the Second Amendment: “I'm a strong believer in the rights of hunters and sportsmen to have firearms.” That's the same subterfuge his mentor John Kerry propagated back in '04.

Wyoming Sen. John Barrasso understands what's at stake: “Given Holder's career of attacks on the Second Amendment, his nomination continues to be of great concern to me. … Our nation's highest law enforcement officer must be committed to protecting and defending our individual rights to keep and bear arms.”

Other conservatives also get it, like Louisiana Sen. David Vitter: “[Holder has] clearly advocated near-universal licensing and registration, and he joined and filed an amicus brief in the District of Columbia v. Heller U.S. Supreme Court case arguing that the Second Amendment was not an individual right. That's deeply disturbing.”

Statistically, those who are not “deeply disturbed” by the implications of Holder's appointment are likely residing in one of those blue urban centers which typically elect liberals to national office.

I came across an essay from one such misguided urbanite this week – Fred Lebrun, who writes for the Albany (NY) Times-Union.

Fred wrote of the unprecedented number of gun sales since Obama's election: “Otherwise sensible people seem to completely lose their marbles when it comes to the loaded question of handgun ownership, and what rules ought to apply. I'm not sure why that is. The latest example of mass paranoia at work for no discernable reason is a rush to gun shops across the country to buy sidearms. The rationale, or vague impetus, is that with the election of Barack Obama as president, we're heading for the confiscation of our guns, for sure. … Well, if it's true, why in the world would you go out and buy something the government is going to take away from you anyway?”

Fred, those of us who still uphold our Constitution and honor our oaths, as have generations of Patriots before, understand that, in the words of James Madison, “The ultimate authority … resides in the people alone. … The advantage of being armed, which the Americans possess over the people of almost every other nation … forms a barrier against the enterprises of ambition.”

Madison's words are truer today than when he wrote them in 1787. (Our adversaries at the time of that writing, the British, are learning that gun confiscation leaves one defenseless against tyranny – and they are now protesting … with cardboard placards.)

As for why some folks “go out and buy something the government is going to take away from you anyway,” well, the only guns that will ever be taken from my hands, or those of tens of millions of like-minded gun owners, will be seized posthumously, and with empty magazines – which is the only reason Obama and his congressional Leftists have not completely discarded that venerable old Constitution.

Fred concludes: “For the first time since 1935, with an all-Democratic national government, we are in a position to finally institute some meaningful and sensible gun control measures that will help mightily in regaining our cities from gun terror, street by street. Gun control doesn't have to be a dirty word.”

What Fred doesn't seem to understand is that there are already some 20,000 – TWENTY THOUSAND – gun laws on the books. The argument that more laws will make America safer is ludicrous at every level, and to suggest that somehow such laws justify undermining the Second Amendment's clear intent is to undermine the strongest pillar of our Constitution.

Y'know, Fred, old Ben Franklin had a word of advice for folks like you: “They that can give up essential liberty to purchase a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.”

And to those for whom such a struggle proves too much an encroachment on their comfort zone, Sam Adams said, “If ye love wealth better than liberty, the tranquility of servitude better than the animating contest of freedom, go from us in peace. May your chains sit lightly upon you, and may posterity forget that ye were our countrymen!”

Fortunately, millions of gun owners subscribe to Thomas Paine's opinion: “If there must be trouble let it be in my day, that my child may have peace.”

Currently, some 80 million Americans are gun owners, and it is estimated that 60 million of them own guns for purposes other than hunting. If you are not among them, you might thank God for the ranks of us who are, because as our Founders knew, we are the vanguard between liberty and tyranny.

(Visit PatriotShop.US for 2A products, and take a stand.)

Quote of the week

“By calling attention to a well-regulated militia for the security of the Nation, and the right of each citizen to keep and bear arms, our founding fathers recognized the essentially civilian nature of our economy. Although it is extremely unlikely that the fear of governmental tyranny, which gave rise to the 2nd amendment, will ever be a major danger to our Nation, the amendment still remains an important declaration…in which every citizen must be ready to participate in the defense of his country. For that reason I believe the 2nd Amendment will always be important. … If we make peaceful revolution impossible, we make violent revolution inevitable.” –John F. Kennedy

On cross-examination

“It ought to be a law that people must have a gun in their homes. I know many fine police officers. But we can't depend on the police to protect us anymore. The value of human life means nothing to [criminals]. If it had been my house [this thug] came in on, he would have wound up at Coulter Funeral Home.” –General Sessions Court Judge Bob Moon (Chattanooga, TN) advising a female victim of a home invasion to buy a gun

When seconds count, the police are only minutes away…

Open query

“What is a left-wing socialist but a Marxist without a gun?"
–Don Feder

The BIG lie

"I am not in favor of concealed weapons. There has not been any evidence that allowing people to carry a concealed weapon is going to make anybody safer.” –Barack Obama

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23 Comments

Michael D. Allum said:

Time is running out for the People to acquire arms for the coming conflict. There is no way that the Communists currently occupying the offices of all levels of our government will quietly allow the elections of 2010 to overturn their grasp on control. If the results go against them, there will be some catastrophic event perpetrated to use as the excuse for martial law. The administration has its storm troopers in place in the form of SEIU and ACORN. Pres. Bush signed an agreement with Canada to send troops into the U.S. in the event of civil uprest. If they will bring in Canadian troops, will NATO/U.N. troops be far behind? Now that former Eastern Bloc troops are part of NATO, do you think they will not eagerly fight to subdue the American people? If you want to learn what would be coming to the streets of America, look at the U.N. troops are doing in Africa--rape, pillage, murder, the list of crimes is endless. Just like in 1776 the hope of the world rests with the armed American People.

Thursday, December 17, 2009 at 12:26 PM

James Gengler in SIOUX CITY replied:

Michael draws a disturbing picture but it is right off the pages of
G Edward Griffins "The Creature From Jekyll Island" what 20 years ago? Mr Allum wipes off a portal into the future that is not only plausible but likely. Pay off your loans at the bank people do not accept new loans from a bank.
Spread the word. Our only hope is to manipulate the creatures money mechanism by joining together and purposefully deflating the economy between now and November

Wednesday, July 4, 2012 at 2:41 AM

LibertyGal said:

If you want some really good scientific data on the efficacy of carrying a concealed weapon and how it reduces crime, please go to http://www.guncite.com/gun_control_gcdgcon.html and be sure to click on all the links for the background information and excellent talking points. I recently had an opportunity to discuss gun ownership and gun control with a Canadian citizen and it is truly eye-opening to see how otherwise intelligent people can be reduced to non-thinking automatons spouting liberal group-think nonsense.We all need to inform ourselves and especially break away from the revisionist history taught us in the government-run schools that most of us were subjected to.

Thursday, December 17, 2009 at 12:57 PM

Thomas Paine IIII said:

Like Michael stated above, foreign countries are inscribed to come into our country just as our country's soldiers have been doing all over the world to quell unrest that is LAWLESS. But like the Japanese Commander of Navel forces was quoted, if we invade the U.S. there would be a gun behind every blade of grass so if it deterred world domination to the point it prevented the invasion of the Mainland of the U.S. how can it be a bad thing to own guns.Guns are feared by those wishing "Ill Intent" on the gun holder, so the Bleeding heart liberals in Washington must has Ill Intent on us to wish they had our guns.And by the way, being retired Military, if that quack in Washington thinks he can rely on the U.S. Military to invade and suppress it's own people by a force instructed to do so for a Commander in Chief they do not even respect, then he has another thing coming!He would have better luck with the French.......BUT the rest of AMERICA BETTER WAKE UP!!!!!!!!!!!!

Thursday, December 17, 2009 at 1:36 PM

Steve Thomas said:

This is the thermometer of civil unrest which should be regarded by our government. Gun ownership, especially on such a large scale, cannot be explained in any other way. The Elites/Progressives have worked a long time to get to where they are, I don't think they will go down without a fight... If we (the American Citizens) take Congress back in 2010, we might have a chance to repeal these tactics, otherwise, we are going to hit hard times in our country.

Thursday, December 17, 2009 at 1:42 PM

Ken Bean said:

In Canada, hand-guns were banned the last time I was there, but long guns were required if flying my plane over wilderness. Is it the same now?"Hand-guns are only for when one cannot get to his long gun." (Judge Roy Bean)

Thursday, December 17, 2009 at 1:48 PM

Paul Hyden said:

Patriot Post,Great artical,personally I believe Oboma has already broken many laws, not to mention Constitutionality. More smelly to mention his own cabinet group of czars. Socialists, members of the weather underground,tax cheets,a convicted prisoner who wrote the Blue Print for the take over of the United States,just to mention a few.The president is beyond exception.We need to remember the Minutemen. There problems are not much more complicated than today. How are we getting into Health Insurance,steady on gun control,we are going broke, eldery are going to hell with health insuurance. They paid for medicare.He intends to add illegal emigrants and the fifty five year olds of America.(only when the bill passes)I think the tea party group needs a new name, I am 65 years old and would join proudly.Regards,Paul L Hyden

Thursday, December 17, 2009 at 1:51 PM

Ray Brennet said:

IIf I can take out two of them,then I won't have died in vain

Thursday, December 17, 2009 at 2:25 PM

Keith Hamilton said:

Personally, I don't see the need for the concealed-carry laws that have been created in numerous American states. Why should a concealed-carry law or a non-concealed-carry law be needed when our second amendment specifies neither concealed nor non-concealed. It simply states, "...the right of the people to keep and bear arms...", without any qualifiers. I don't know, maybe it's just me, but it seems that any laws that place qualifiers on when, where, or how arms are kept and born by Americans would infringe on the second amendment. And in the limit and in fact, the more qualifiers that unscupulous legislators might put on the second amendment, the more pointless the amendment could become - and our Founders never meant for legislative mechanizations to nullify constitutional provisions. Hence, I think that concealed-carry or open-carry should be up to the individual and those who get frightened by the look of a "scary gun" should just buck-up and get with the program. Don't turn around because there may be an unarmed karate black belt standing behind you, ready to kill you in an instant!

Thursday, December 17, 2009 at 9:10 PM

Dynamite Dave said:

Where I live, there is no town police force, only six state troopers covering the county. On a nightwith good weather, no major fire or vehicle accident, and no problems at the prisons, you shouldget a trooper in 10 minutes. Because a lot can happen in 10 minutes, I sleep armed every night,with my weapon in easy reach. 911 will only be called after the situation has been dealt with. Iwill not barracade my wife and myself in my bedroompraying for the good graces of a scumbag to let uslive. In reference to the situation with our out ofcontrol government, I have contributed to the economy by stockpiling weapons and ammo for whatevermay come, and I tell all my friends to "keep theirpowder dry!"

Thursday, December 17, 2009 at 9:36 PM

Leon Patterson said:

Re: Ray BrennetA while back, I told my assistant pastor that I'll not die until I've taken out 5 government employees, whether they be law enforcement or legislators. I've taken to calling the police, BATF agents, sheriffs, IRS agents, etc. "Redcoats" because it was the British army who enforced the decrees of the federal government of England (King George) and it's these types of law enforcement officers who enforce the laws of OUR unscrupulous governments. "5" because there are 5 in my family.

Thursday, December 17, 2009 at 10:39 PM

frank gugino sr said:

Dying for your country is admirable,but killing for your country may be required.Why should we trust a goverment that does not trust us,keep your guns.I for one will not let this uncivil administration disarm me.I am 74 years old,and never have I seen such a pack of liars in all my years.I think that many millions of voters are now saying,"what the hell did we do"

Friday, December 18, 2009 at 9:54 AM

Nancy said:

What has happened to our America? While we were living our lives and raising our families, our country was being infiltrated by socialists...quietly, but surely. Now, our country is so far gone, they are open and blatant about trying to complete the takeover. However, we are not quietly going with the flow any longer. We are fully awake and aware of the attempted hijacking of our country. We're saying "enough already". There are more of "us" than there are of "them". We have to stop "them". Many of us were deceived in November 2008, and most of those voters know it now, whether they admit it or not. I suspect there are not really that many hard core leftists in this country, and the majority of them are concentrated on Capitol Hill. They are trying for a major power grab and we need keep that from happening...by any means necessary. We must stop the loss of our freedoms, and regain the ones we've lost. Our Constitution must prevail, and the 2nd Amendment is the teeth of our Constitution."When the people fear their government, there is tyranny; when the government fears the people, there is liberty." Thomas Jefferson

Sunday, December 20, 2009 at 12:48 AM

Frank said:

In my opinion, it is time to find out where the military leaders of our armed services stand in relationship to the incredible lack of ability of Obama to be called "Commander in Chief." They should be willing to fight for the right of American Citizens to KEEP AND BEAR ARMS without restriction. They agreed under oath to do so.If ever a leader would take a stand against the tyrany of our government, there would be thousands of those who would willingly follow to make sure our country remains our country before it is sold out to Marxists, Communists, Socialists, etc.

Wednesday, December 23, 2009 at 5:33 PM

Raymond said:

I use to be of the mindset that the more guns out there, the more dangerous the world would be...now, thanks to the Patriot Post and it's fine readers' comments, I realize it's the ones with criminal intent that are the problem. The solution? Normal, everyday Joes and Josephines being armed against the madness...

Friday, January 8, 2010 at 2:11 AM

Louis from Texas said:

Say, this article is great and all, but it's been almost a year and I was wondering if y'all had any kind of update on how many armed patriots there are now. I'm sure the number has grown, and I'm sure it'd be interesting to know.

Thursday, January 21, 2010 at 6:09 PM