There are two stories in the news lately that need to be highlighted and confronted. There is the Nathan Haddad story, which I have highlighted in a previous post, then there is the Keith Pantaleon story out of New Jersey. Each deal with arrests over banned weapons and/or magazines, clear violations of the Second Amendment.
A right, as in the right to keep and bear arms, is a right of all of the people of the United States and that right is absolute, it cannot be infringed by any government, not just the federal government, because it is an individual right and goes with a person in whichever state they might reside. Localities might attempt to infringe this right through legislation, but in a nation where the Constitution was upheld and not redefined by every Supreme Court of every age to fit some social engineering concepts, there would be no such laws.
We have seen the degradation of every right that might lead to greater liberty of the people and a validation of every legislation that might reduce the liberty of the people. This is tyranny. This is failing to make laws with the intent of the Constitution which, at every turn, at every phrase screams that it stands for limiting government and therefore its ability to oppress. It is a document that demands that the liberty of the people be respected and championed.
It is for this reason, this systematic denial of rights; of legislators acting outside the parameters set by the Constitution that we find ourselves, the people of the United States, at such a point as to recognize that the government no longer abides by its mandate, that our representatives no longer abide by their oaths to defend the Constitution. This fact is made clear to the people through many violations of rights, not just the Second Amendment, but it is the Second Amendment that give the people the pathway, having been caught in such circumstances, toward rectification of each and every right that has been denied by a corrupt system.
A Supreme Court that is complicit with the denial of rights, rather than validating these rights before the government is a court compromised and unworthy of respect or obedience. It is the sole purpose of the Supreme Court to be the last resort of the people whose rights have been violated. It is the people's last attempt to correct the injustice before resorting to the Second Amendment. But, when all avenues to justice are denied, the people still have the rights given to them by God and guaranteed by the Constitution. The words of the founders of this nation instruct the people then to act in a way that will restore their rights and rectify the role of government in their lives.
It is not the right of one generation to give away the rights of another generation. Each generation has a right to expect their lives to be as free and unencumbered by intrusive government as another. For many generations now that has not been the case. The powerlust of government continues unabated while each individual is born and must wade through the obfuscation of government finally to arrive at the conclusion that our government is corrupt at a later stage in life, having had to learn and discover the truth of the matter through information more obscured and perverted over the centuries.
But today we can see the clear brand of government the officials intend to offer: tyranny and oppression. They offer bankruptcy and mismanagement of funds. They disrespect our votes and work to disenfranchise us by allowing unregistered voters and aliens to vote against the better judgment of citizens. They encourage dependency on the government to secure votes to continue the plunder of the private sector. They diminish all of our rights with the aid of those who do not understand them and refuse to learn their value.
So, the lines are drawn.
It is for these reasons that I fear people such as Nathan Haddad and Keith Pantaleon might get caught in the crossfire of a government out of control and the people who desperately need to bring it back. Their cases are test cases for the patriot/liberty community, for the Second Amendment, for the rights of all citizens to be free from oppression of illegal laws.
While laws are made in capitols and issued out to law enforcement they are enforced or denied on the local level, between individuals. Oathkeepers and good cops should ignore them citing their Constitutional obligations. Individuals who are arrested for violating illegal laws should resist them in court with all their might. The rest of us, those who are affected by bad cops, corrupt judges, illegitimate representatives, senators and executives, must decide whether these laws are legal or not and take action to disrupt the chain of abuse one way or the other. It probably won't be legal, but in a corrupt system, what is?