Elder Patriot – Liberals are a dangerous lot. For two centuries they’ve relied on activist judges to “interpret” the Constitution to advance their agenda. Now that the Constitution, specifically the Bill of Rights, stands in the way of their agenda they have become content on tearing our national governing document asunder.
A recent op-ed written by former Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens revealed an alarming abandonment of his fidelity to the Constitution. Stevens wrote that repealing the Second Amendment,
“would be simple and would do more to weaken the N.R.A.’s ability to stymie legislative debate and block constructive gun control legislation than any other available option.”
Whoa! The Second Amendment wasn’t the result of undue influence by the NRA or any other lobbying group. The NRA wasn’t founded to defend the freedoms of patriots until almost a century later, in 1871, after our Founding Fathers enshrined forever the importance that protecting every individual’s the right to bear arms was essential to the preservation of liberty.
Thomas Jefferson was clear on the reason for an armed citizenry:
the people can not be all, & always, well informed. the part which is wrong [. . .]will be discontented in proportion to the importance of the facts they misconceive. if they remain quiet under such misconceptions it is a lethargy, the forerunner of death to the public liberty. we have had 13. states independant 11. years. there has been one rebellion. that comes to one rebellion in a century & a half for each state. what country before ever existed a century & half without a rebellion? & what country can preserve its liberties if their rulers are not warned from time to time that their people preserve the spirit of resistance? let them take arms. the remedy is to set them right as to facts, pardon & pacify them. what signify a few lives lost in a century or two? the tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots & tyrants. it is it’s natural manure.
The Framers understood that no law could withstand the rule of a tyrant unless the people hold the power to challenge the usurpation of authority.
Notice the wording of the Second Amendment:
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.
The words shall not be infringed do not allow for tinkering by future politicians or judges to decide the type of guns, nor the capacity of the magazines, that American citizens can own.
That is for good reason. The balance of power has become so one-sided in favor of the government that citizens need more firepower, not less, if they are to serve as effective check against the overreach of government.
Who will guarantee our First Amendment rights if not those who embrace their Second Amendment responsibilities?
It is with that mindset that three South Carolina state representatives introduced a bill requiring the full South Carolina House debate seceding from the United States “if the federal government confiscates legally purchased firearms in this State.”
Rep. Mike Pitts is the chief sponsor of the bill. Co-sponsors are Jonathon Hill and Ashley Trantham.
Pitts is a longtime law office and Army vet. He was adamant about his motives:
“I’m not promoting secession. I served this country, and I don’t want to see it broken up.”
He is also a realist:
“Without a Bill of Rights, our nation is not what it is. I see a lot of stuff where people even talk about totally repealing the Second Amendment, which separates us from the entire rest of the world.”