One thing must be made perfectly clear: there is no law restricting gun rights that is constitutional. None. An American citizen, typically males, but in today's society it does not exclude females, are a bona fide part of the militia required of the citizens to guard their own liberties against an oppressive and tyrannical government operating outside of the charter of the United States Constitution.
When the Constitution is spoken of it seems like just a word, a sort of formal part of the government, of the nation we live in. It is generally seen as a framework from which our government has sprung and it offers a lot of out-dated ideas of oaths and loyalties and the suggestion is that somehow, in the most extreme cases there is the option to impeach our representatives should they get out of hand.
It is not.
The Constitution of the United States of America is an agreement between the people and the government. Should the government act in lawful ways, the American people will abide by the laws it passes. However, when the government steps outside of the Constitution, it is no longer legal and should not be obeyed. Period. They have violated the agreement to civil society and do so at the danger of themselves and the offices they represent.
Our rights, given such little regard in today's government, are not up for consideration as to validity or degree of coverage. They are absolute.
The NRA does not speak for me. Gun Owners of America does not speak for me. No one, not our representatives, not our president, nor any other person or organization, is in a position to bargain for my rights. We alone have allowed our rights to be diluted by our inaction and they might only be reinvigorated by our action. Simple.
When the government has decided that our rights should be limited (and I don't care which right it is, choose from the Bill of Rights which one you prefer to champion, but understand that they all are enforced or forfeited by the same action or inaction) they have turned their backs on the Constitution, violated their oaths and have become an enemy of the people.
When the Declaration of Independence states that governments are instituted among men to secure the rights of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness, it is a powerful declaration and further defines the position of the founders, of those who declared their independence from Britain. It means that there is no purpose of the government if it does not serve those ends, i.e., "life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness." When it spoke of "liberty" it could not have known of the coming Bill of Rights, though the spirit of those rights was echoed by individual state constitutions up and down the seaboard.
The Second Amendment is special, however. It speaks to the solution for when the government has eroded other rights, knowing that there is no way to force the government to give one a fair trial before one's peers; there is no way to force government to give one free voice in the public square (the Internet today); there is no way to force the government to refrain from posting soldiers in one's home (drones, listening devices and the implementation of X-ray, infrared devices and etc.); there is no way to force the government to abide by any of these other rights than the right to keep and bear arms against a tyrannical force willing to violate every other right.
This is why the individual free citizen of the United States is empowered with the ability to resist such governmental action through the concept of a well-regulated militia (the people). Well regulated suggests that we should have always been more active in our community-wide training against such governmental abuses than we have. Yet, that does not dilute the absolute requirement that the right to bear arms is individual and required in order to secure a free state.
With that as background, I ask the patriot, the American citizen, to look past what agreements the NRA or GOA, or any other organization is willing to agree to. They do not speak for us and we are not bound by their agreements with the government. Our legitimacy is already established by the Constitution, we do not need their input, though if they are to categorically deny any further erosion of our rights and stand at this point in time to declare all other laws passed to erode those rights as oppressive and illegal, I will support them. Not otherwise.
The federal government has made itself plain through legislation that they do not respect the First Amendment, the Second Amendment, the Fourth Amendment, the Fifth Amendment, the Ninth Amendment or the Tenth Amendment. When they suggest, even the mere suggestion, that somehow an Executive Order might be put forth to deny our Constitutional rights on ANY topic, they have tipped their hand that they do not consider themselves bound in any way to the Constitution and will actively work in opposition to it, appealing only to the majority of the people to agree with them.
This is anti-republic, it is unconstitutional, it is a complete repudiation of our system of government. It exposes them as dictators and rulers rather than guardians of the rights the government was created to protect. The offices created by the Constitution were designed to guarantee our rights by being close to the people, intimate with the needs of the states, representing them, not to be close to the federal trough through which rights might be bargained away so that a highway project might pass through their jurisdiction or state, ensuring their re-election.
Those actions are why I consider the government corrupt.
So, I ask of the patriots, the citizens, not to let this arrogance go unchallenged. Any further assault on the right to keep and bear arms should rightfully be met with outrage and action. Once the government attempts to further erode what little rights we have left, we should respond not by voting down the next infringement, but by standing for all the rights that have lately been bargained away. If they will come for the weapons of our resistance, they should be met with the hostility asked of us by our founders, who ensured our action by the rights they acknowledged so long ago.
If they force us to raise our weapons, do not put them down until a new recognition of these-everlasting rights has been acknowledged and infringing legislation repealed. If we allow them to retain their seats at all.