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Colorado Paper Co-sponsoring Independence Day Parade with 2nd Amendment Rally

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There are plenty of Colorado Patriots who will not surrender their right to keep and bear arms. (Flyer: Southern Colorado Patriots Club)

With much of the news from Colorado regarding the right to keep and bear arms dominated by “progressive” political gun-grabbers who never met an infringement they weren’t bent on imposing, it’s easy to forget that much of the state is populated by “red” county voters who reject the control freak mentality exemplified by the Hickenlooper Blues. In the end, higher concentrations of collectivists in more densely-inhabited areas resulted in a narrow win for the Democrat governor. Still, it’s important not to lose sight of the fact that the political machine was not powerful enough to keep two Democrats (including the Senate president) from being recalled and another from resigning rather than face humiliation.

The determination to push back against the political control freaks will be on display this Fourth of July at the Westcliffe Colorado Independence Day Second Amendment March/Rally, part of the Custer County July 4th Parade. The rally is being coordinated by the Southern Colorado Patriots Club, and The Sangre de Cristo Sentinel is a co-sponsor of the parade.  That’s an independent newspaper that proudly posts its mission:

This newspaper’s main objective is to be the sentry for our fellow citizens and patriots, providing truth, awareness and alerts to dangers while protecting our God-given freedoms and our constitutional rights and liberties.

That’s a far cry from the bitter experience of relying on most Fourth Estate Fifth Columnist papers to do that basic function of a free press. About the rally, Managing Editor George Gramlich tells Oath Keepers:

We started the 2nd Amend rally/march in the parade when the Colorado libs were screwing with our gun rights (over 15 round mag ban, etc) three years ago. We had over 500 people march with us that first year. Been running around 250 – 350 per year. Mike Vanderboegh marched and spoke at the rally two years ago.

We march down Main Street, Westcliffe and then have little rally afterward. We get patriots from all over the west showing up. It is the biggest 2nd amendment event in Colorado and maybe the whole Rockies. Our county sheriff is totally on board with it. (Stewart Rhodes and Mike V. came to our Patriots Day event last year.)

Download a flyer for the rally.

If you’re in the area or know someone who is, why not make plans to attend, and spend the day with like-minded fellow freedom advocates? If you’re not in the area, take note of how things could be done where you live, and take steps to make it so.

For further information, contact the Southern Colorado Patriots Club.

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David Codrea blogs at The War on Guns: Notes from the Resistance (WarOnGuns.com), and is a field editor/columnist for GUNS Magazine. Named “Journalist of the Year” in 2011 by the Second Amendment Foundation for his groundbreaking work on the “Fast and Furious” ATF “gunwalking” scandal, he is a frequent event speaker and guest on national radio and television programs.

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  1. I have been irritated with the gun grabbing mentality… for our military, my family for generations served and been in combat… to keep us enjoying our rights so hear me out: I have NOT understood why each state can make up their OWN gun laws… I thought THE 2ND AMENDMENT WAS WHAT THE STATES SHOULD FOLLOW… i just spoke to a lawyer who told me that within the US Constitution there is the provision for each state to make up their own gun laws… WELL THE STATE I WAS BORN IN IS A BIG INFRINGER and i dont live there anymore but would love to visit my kin… with my guns on me… not locked up in my vehicle or left home for concern of being found “illegally” armed… ticks me off and i am positive it does many of us…God help America and please bring these political criminals to justice… Cant make it to Colorado but will be with you all in spirit.

    1. When the States ratified the Bill of Rights as part of the highest law of the land, they retained various autonomous and sovereign rights to legislate, serve, and protect their people respectively in each State. However, they have no authority to make laws affecting any citizen’s right to keep and bear arms, nor do they have any right to disarm the Militia of the several States. As Scalia noted in Mack/Printz v USA (1997), the States and the General government each have sovereignty into which the other may not incur. To be lawful, any State statute or code must be pursuant to the Constitution, and the Constitution quite clearly says that guns (arms, or armaments) are off limits when it comes to prohibition or regulatory management — all damned “gun laws” on the books are unlawful. It says, “shall not be infringed”. That’s the end of it, and any damned government which tells you otherwise is lying through its teeth.

      The “governed” are no longer as gullible as they once were.

    2. This comment by Tench Coxe summarizes what gun control is supposed to be here in the USA:

      Tench Coxe: “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 ID 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.” (caps re mine)

      Now go read within the US Constitution, Article 1, Section 8, Clause 11 as it not only assigns the delegated duty here to declare war, but brings up the first mention of the Militia.

      Clause 11: “To declare War, grant Letters of Marque and Reprisal, and make Rules concerning Captures on Land and Water”.

      Letters of Marque and Reprisal, when they are needed to enforce the US Constitution, the laws, or defend the people and the nation, is using private citizens in their own privately owned and armed crafts to defend the USA and her people, this is using the Militia.

      Next let’s move to Clause 12 which specifies that there shall be no military beyond that of two years – after the congress has declared war. The Militia of each state is charged with our nations defense here within the USA until and unless the congress has declared war and a military is raised. We are forbidden to keep a “standing military”, and require that the people not only have and keep arms, but train in their use – and in the use of all weapons of war – as congress requires the military to be trained. This was done s that way it is difficult for other nations to attack America when every single person was armed and trained in the use of those arms.

      Clause 12: “To raise and support Armies, but no Appropriation of Money to that Use shall be for a longer Term than two Years”.

      But, it also protected us from those who serve within our governments that want the power of life and death over us, and from those who will “just follow orders” and “just do their jobs” even to including murder of innocents at the command of scum solely because they do not think for themselves.

      Here in America, we are REQUIRED to think for ourselves, not follow the herd, and to educate ourselves in the US Constitution, our own state Constitutions. All those terrible atrocities that have been committed by governments are ONLY committed because people follow those orders instead of killing those giving those type of orders. Now think about it, where is their humanity?

      That is why here in America every single soldier, law enforcement, person who serves within OUR governments at any and ALL levels are REQUIRED to take and KEEP that Oath. It is their lawful declaration that they are personally responsible for their actions to support and defend the US Constitution. That Oath, and it is in itself part of our supreme law, is law, and every thinking person would immediately read to understand the contract that they are under because accountability to that Oath can actually be life or death. See how dumbed down the people are? How many Oath takers know that contract? Worse, how many keep it?

      BTW, The money that the congress has illegally spent beyond the lawfully allowed time of two years for the support of a “standing military” was/and still is a misappropriation of funds (misappropriation n. the intentional, illegal use of the property or funds of another person for one’s own use or other unauthorized purpose, particularly by a public official…). they are personally responsible for those funds even if they are no longer serving. The only way they are not responsible is that they died, as we are not allowed to go after what was left to their families – except those themselves that are under Oath. The Oath, and the responsibility of it while serving NEVER ends. They can stop anymore responsibility by renouncing it, but they are still responsible for all actions committed while under that Oath.

      “What, Sir, is the use of a militia? It is to PREVENT THE ESTABLISMENT OF A STANDING ARMY, the bane of liberty….” Rep. Elbridge Gerry of Massachusetts, floor debate over the 2nd Amendment, I Annals of Congress

      Clause 15: “To provide for calling forth the Militia to execute the Laws of the Union, suppress Insurrections and repel invasions.“

      This clause is very straightforward. The militia of each state is entrusted with the defense of the USA and her people, not just with the defense of their state; and they are to be armed with weapons that can repel any invasions bearing modern weapons of war. Congress is required to provide those military grade weapons for the militias. Basically the duties of the Militia are…

      — Enforce the US Constitution and each state’s Constitution,
      — Enforce and keep the “Laws of the Union” (which are constitutional laws ONLY),
      — Protect the country against all enemies both domestic and foreign, and
      — “to suppress Insurrections and repel Invasions”.

      Because those duties are assigned to the Militias, it is forbidden to any other branch, agency, etc to do those things.

      Clause 16 list the duties those that serve within the state and federal governments have TO the Militias:

      Clause 16: “To provide for organizing, arming, and disciplining, the Militia, and for governing such Part of them as may be employed in the Service of the United States, reserving to the States respectively, the Appointment of the Officers, and the Authority of training the Militia according to the discipline prescribed by Congress”.

      Because the congress is required by the US Constitution to provide the arms of war for the Militia to train with and to use when needed, and forbids the by that requirement to give/sell/trade/etc those weapons to law enforcement agencies/foreign nations/foreign rebels/foreign entities/foreign corporations/etc.

      When something is assigned to a party, branch, office, it is forbidden to all others. That is why a US President can make Executive Orders, but they are ONLY binding on those that work for the governments, NOT on the people as the ONLY offices within the legislative branch that can make those laws are the House of Representatives and the Senate (no, not even those assistants, agencies, etc can). That little word “All” in Article 1, Section 1 makes that clear. Within it is named offices when it says “which shall consist of a Senate and House of Representatives”.

      The punctuation used within the US Constitution along with every single word, and the position of that word, has meaning.

      Another example is a lot of people believe that the US President is the Commander in Chief. He is not. He is ONLY the Commander in Chief when the congress either calls forth the Militia to enforce the list above, and/ or the congress declares war. This is made clear in Article 2, Section 2, Clause 1 by the words “shall be” that is indicating a future event and then the events in which that happens is listed; within that list it is found in the phrase that follows a list separated by commas “when called into the actual service of the United States;”.

      Article 2, Section 2: “The President SHALL BE commander in chief of the Army and Navy of the United States, and of the militia of the several states, WHEN CALLED INTO THE ACTUAL SERVICE OF THE UNITED STATES; (change of subject within the same clause ->) he may require the opinion, in writing, of the principal officer in each of the executive departments, upon any subject relating to the duties of their respective offices, and he shall have power to grant reprieves and pardons for offenses against the United States, except in cases of impeachment…”

      Those words ‘shall be” and then “when called into” clearly indicates that the person serving as US President does not have the authority delegated to that position to be able to call them up. Again notice that it is the Militia that can be called by congress to do specific duties that are allowed to be done ONLY by the Militia.

      Who is the Militia? We are. but what makes you special is that you have been trained as the congress requires the military to be trained. Now when you are trained in the US Constitution and the Constitution of your state you have made yourself one of the Militia that both the state and federal governments are REQUIRED to use. That is how we LAWFULLY and with the full backing of the US Constitution retain our freedom, defend our nation, and enforce the US and state Constitutions.

      God Bless!

  2. Second Amendment Quotes
     
    “The right of the citizens to bear arms is just one more guarantee against arbitrary government, one more safeguard against tyranny which now appears remote in America, but which historically has proved to be always possible.”   Hubert Humphrey, Democrat, U.S Senator and Vice President
     
    “No free man shall ever be debarred the use of arms.”  Thomas Jefferson
     
    “Among the many misdeeds of the British rule in India, history will look upon the Act of depriving a whole nation of arms as the blackest.”  Mahatma Gandhi
     
    “The totalitarian states can do great things, but there is one thing they cannot do: they cannot give the factory-worker a rifle and tell him to take it home and keep it in his bedroom. That rifle hanging on the wall of the working-class flat or labourer’s cottage, is the symbol of democracy. It is our job to see that it stays there.” – George Orwell
     
    “Clearly, there remains to this day a horrible, condescending attitude toward armed American citizens. Haven’t the British yet gotten over the fact that a ragtag, often disorganized force of American colonials, wielding their own arms, was able to defeat what at the time was the most powerful armed force in the world? Our forefathers, armed with their own flintlock rifles and pistols, and an assortment of muskets—the ‘assault weapons’ of their era—threw off the yoke of oppression under which they were forced to live. When British broadcasters today demand to know just what it is about gun ownership that Americans defend so vigorously, the answer is too simple for them to comprehend. Simply put, we defend this individual civil right because without our own guns two centuries ago, we would still… likely be British subjects…” – Alan Gottlieb
     
    “The right of a citizen to keep and bear arms has justly been considered the palladium of the liberties of the republic, since it offers a strong moral check against the 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.” – Supreme Court Justice, Joseph Story, 1833
     
    “In truth, a state that deprives its law-abiding citizens of the means to effectively defend themselves is not civilized but barbarous…revealing its totalitarian nature by its tacit admission that the disorganized, random havoc created by criminals is far less a threat than are men and women who believe themselves free and independent, and act accordingly.” – Jeffrey Snyder, A Nation of Cowards
     
     
    “Let a regular army, fully equal to the resources of the country, be formed; and let it be entirely at the devotion of the federal government; still it would not be going too far to say, that the State governments, with the people on their side, would be able to repel the danger. The highest number to which, according to the best computation, a standing army can be carried in any country, does not exceed one hundredth part of the whole number of souls; or one twenty-fifth part of the number able to bear arms. This proportion would not yield, in the United States, an army of more than twenty-five or thirty thousand men. To these would be opposed a militia amounting to near half a million of citizens with arms in their hands, officered by men chosen from among themselves, fighting for their common liberties, and united and conducted by governments possessing their affections and confidence. It may well be doubted, whether a militia thus circumstanced could ever be conquered by such a proportion of regular troops. Those who are best acquainted with the last successful resistance of this country against the British arms will be most inclined to deny the possibility of it. Besides the advantage of being armed, which the Americans possess over the people of almost every other nation, the existence of subordinate governments, to which the people are attached, and by which the militia officers are appointed, forms a barrier against the enterprises of ambition, more insurmountable than any which a simple government of any form can admit of. Notwithstanding the military establishments in the several kingdoms of Europe, which are carried as far as the public resources will bear, the governments are afraid to trust the people with arms? – James Madison, The Federalist Papers, No. 46.

  3. Pro second amendment does not mean to allow the other rights to go without a fight. If you don’t fight for the other rights then there is no reason to have the secound amendment. If we don’t draw a line in the sand and then do not allow OUR government to cross it then we are only fooling ourselves into believing that we are free.

    1. “If we don’t draw a line in the sand and then do not allow OUR government to cross it then we are only fooling ourselves into believing that we are free.”

      That line was drawn and put into writing when the US Constitution was created and accepted. It defines our governments and the limits of the authority they are allowed to use. It IS the “line drawn in the sand.”

      Thomas Jefferson: “It would be a dangerous delusion were a confidence in the men of our choice to silence our fears for the safety of our rights; that confidence is everywhere the parent of despotism; free government is founded in jealousy, and not in confidence; it is jealousy, and not confidence, which prescribes limited constitutions to bind down those whom we are obliged to trust with power; that our Constitution has accordingly fixed the limits to which, and no farther, our confidence may go…. In questions of power, let no more be said of confidence in man, but bind him down from mischief by the chains of the Constitution.”

      James Madison, Federalist 14: “In the first place, it is to be remembered, that the general government is not to be charged with the whole power of making and administering laws. Its jurisdiction is limited to certain enumerated objects, which concern all the members of the republic, but which are not to be attained by the separate provisions of any”.

      George Washington, Farewell Address: “It is important, likewise, that the habits of thinking in a free Country should inspire caution in those entrusted with its administration, to confine themselves within their respective Constitutional spheres; avoiding in the exercise of the Powers of one department to encroach upon another. The spirit of encroachment tends to consolidate the powers of all the departments in one, and thus to create whatever the form of government, a real despotism. The necessity of reciprocal checks in the exercise of political power; by dividing and distributing it into different depositories, and constituting each the Guardian of the Public Weal against invasions by the others, has been evinced by experiments ancient and modern; some of them in our country and under our own eyes. To preserve them must be as necessary as to institute them.”

      Thomas Jefferson: “Our peculiar security is in the possession of a written Constitution. Let us not make it a blank paper by construction.”

      James Madison: “Do not separate text from historical background. If you do, you will have perverted and subverted the Constitution, which can only end in a distorted, bastardized form of illegitimate government.”

      Alexander Hamilton: “Every act of a delegated authority, contrary to the tenor of the commission under which it is exercised, is void. No legislative act, therefore, contrary to the Constitution, can be valid. To deny this, would be to affirm, that the deputy is greater than his principal; that the servant is above his master; that the representatives of the people are superior to the people themselves; that men acting by virtue of powers, may do not only what their powers do not authorize, but what they forbid.”

      Thomas Jefferson: “When once a republic is corrupted, there is no possibility of remedying any of the growing evils but by removing the corruption and restoring its lost principles; every other correction is either useless or a new evil.”

      Daniel Webster: “Good intentions will always be pleaded for every assumption of authority. It is hardly too strong to say that the Constitution was made to guard the people against the dangers of good intentions. There are men in all ages who mean to govern well, but they mean to govern. They promise to be good masters, but they mean to be masters.”

      Abraham Lincoln: “We, the people, are the rightful masters of both congress and the courts – not to overthrow the constitution, but to overthrow men who pervert the Constitution.”

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