Per Gun-Grabbers, April 19 Commemorates Armed Citizen ‘Treason’ against Government
By David Codrea
USA – -(Ammoland.com)- On this day in 1775, volunteer Minuteman militia leader Captain John Parker, along with over 70 of his neighbors, stood their ground against government enforcers. They refused to disarm and defended themselves against lethal coercion. From the point of view of those who would rule them, these brave Patriots committed treason.
That’s the position of latter-day gun-grabbers. It brings to mind an episode from years past, when colleague Kurt Hofmann wrote a rebuttal to tyrannophiles who argued, among other things, that armed citizens would be helpless to resist a government armed with sophisticated weaponry that included tanks and more. His carefully explained response, which did not violate any laws or incite anyone to commit violence, was seized upon by the conveniently-renamed Coalition to Stop Gun Violence (that plays better with those who don’t know any better than the “National Coalition to Ban Handguns,” which wants to ban more than that anyway).
They were so outraged by his column they not only tried to get Kurt shut down, they also wanted the FBI to “bring an action against him.” Since CSGV called me out by name too, as a supportive associate of Kurt’s, I invited them to report me as well. I even notified FBI myself.
That was hardly a first experience with these violence monopolists. A few years earlier, in an attempt to smear invited speakers to the Second Amendment March in Washington, D.C., they actually publicly lied about what I had written.
Per CSGV, any attempt to resist tyranny is treasonous insurrection. And treason is a capital offense.
So who should you believe? All parties to this dispute obviously have a dog in the fight. How about we consult one of the Founders, say, Tench Coxe, a prominent “gun owner rights” advocate of his day:
“As civil rulers, not having their duty to the people 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 article in their right to keep and bear their private arms.” (Tench Coxe in ‘Remarks on the First Part of the Amendments to the Federal Constitution’ under the Pseudonym ‘A Pennsylvanian’ in the Philadelphia Federal Gazette, June 18, 1789 at 2 col. 1)
“Who are the militia? Are they not ourselves? Is it feared, then, that we shall turn our arms each man gainst his own bosom. Congress have no power to disarm the militia. Their swords, and every other terrible implement of the soldier, are the birthright of an American…. [T]he 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.” (Tench Coxe, The Pennsylvania Gazette, Feb. 20, 1788.)
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Photo credit: Line of the Minute Men Memorial, Lexington: Is it a coincidence latter-day gun-grabbers hate the very concept of “Stand Your Ground”? (Detroit Publishing Company/Library of Congress)
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