Rule of Law in Ferguson?
Rule of Law in Ferguson?
by Jason Van Tatenhove
This last week in Ferguson, Missouri, we saw a perfect example of just how little regard some of our top law enforcement officials hold the actual rule of law in. Especially when that rule of law contradicts the narrative that has been pushed upon us across this country, from all outlets of mainstream media. A narrative that tells us that we should not be able to defend ourselves with firearms unless The Powers That Be have given us the okay to do so. It is even more of an imperative in a time of emergency and civil unrest that we are able to defend ourselves. In Ferguson, we saw that The Powers That Be will stick to this narrative even if it completely goes against the laws that our good citizens have recently enacted. Recently, Missouri passed a couple of laws that pertain directly to what transpired this last week: Missouri Revised Statutes 21.750.3 and 44.101 (please follow the links to read the laws.)
This is brought to light in a video captured by infowars.com, when the senior law enforcement officer of St. Louis County, Chief Jon Belmer, detained the MO Oath Keepers and demanded that they not open carry their long rifles. Hence leaving them unable to adequately protect the reporters of infowars.com, who were there covering the unrest in Ferguson. Chief Belmer has repeatedly demonstrated his lack of knowledge, of not just state law, but of how state law trumps county ordinance. We also see the Chief lie about the state of emergency that was declared by St. Louis County Executive Steve Stenger. When questioned about their state legislation that specifically bans his ability to detain or request that individuals not open carry during a declared emergency, the chief answered with: “I have attorneys. I didn’t go to law school.” Sam Andrews, head of the MO Oath Keepers told the Free Thought Project: “He (Belmar) was thumbing his nose at the legislature of the State of Missouri. It was like he couldn’t give a crap about the Bill of Rights or state law.”
It was during the organic uprising of patriots at Bundy Ranch, that we first saw the combination of the First and Second Amendments practiced at the same time; and in this we saw a dynamic shift from protesters being jackbooted and silenced with threats of violence to, those same protesters being able to peaceably assemble and exercise their freedom of speech. It truly illustrates the deep well of wisdom our forefathers drew from when they placed those two amendments, not only as first and second, but side-by-side when they constructed our Constitution and Bill of Rights, as they must work hand-in-hand. It is up to us to safeguard these rights the responsibilities so that our children’s children will also be able to stand up to whatever rises to oppose their freedoms in their own time.
In the video below you will see all of this first hand.
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