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To Ban Firearms is Yielding to Tyranny

Submitted by on July 24, 2012 – 9:36 am18 Comments
To Ban Firearms is Yielding to Tyranny

Allow me to begin with a point of personal privilege.  In keeping with the spirit of the 2nd Amendment, I believe that whatever a government has within its arsenal, the private citizen has a right to keep within their arsenal.  Yes, this means that if a government has a right to possess a cruise missile, then I believe that a private citizen has the right to possess one, as well.  You can’t beat back a tyrannical government in the 21st century with a pellet gun.  Radical?  Perhaps.

Please reference the liberation of Libya and the current events in Syria.

To the question of “leadership”: Leadership in a representative, constitutional republic demands one to wear the mantle of servitude.  Thus, if the citizens are solidly in favor of unfettered access to assault weapons, then it’s the role of the servant leader to find the means of providing the wishes of the electorate and not defy them.  Edicts and dictates – especially outside the constraints of the Constitution – aren’t the product of leadership but foolishness.

However, not unlike an experienced lawyer with a headstrong client, a political leader can certainly attempt to persuade the electorate to adopt a position under the banner of wisdom, or humanity, etc.  And like a lawyer refusing to practice in the manner the client prefers can result in a firing, a political leader not advocating and working for a position the electorate prefers can result in their defeat at the ballot box.

Mr. Romney is the former governor of Massachusetts.  He aspires to be the President of the United States.  Liberal Massachusetts is out of the American mainstream, not Mr. Romney’s current position on gun control.  My advice to Mr. Romney is to be unyielding on 2nd Amendment matters and reject all calls from the Left to expand bans on any firearms – especially in the aftermath of tragic events like the Colorado theater massacre.


  • John Tweedell says:

    This article was written by an individual who truly understands the intent of our founding fathers. They too were afraid of the federal government’s power. We must forever be vigilant and ready to die for freedom if necessary. We must forever remember that “FREEDOM IS NOT FREE”.

  • Mike Denholm says:

    Well said my brother.

    Mike Denholm
    Longview TX

  • Robert Chatham says:


  • Loved the opening paragraph–except that Libyan & Syrian rebels were benefitted by U.S. Airstrikes & covert operations from various superpowers as well. This article NEEDS the opening paragraph, and NYT completely defuses its meaning by stripping it off.

  • I notice that Claver’s article was the shortest and that the longest articles run by the Times were in support of more gun control.

  • Helen Jenkins says:

    It is heartwarming to have someone with the courage and intellect to speak truth. Minorities, especially need to hear/read unfiltered truth. Too often, the spin is so prevalent, it is difficult to separate truth from spin/propaganda. God bless Raging Elephant. Keep the faith and the conversation going.

  • Pat Henry says:

    Amen my brother! I agree completely, any weapon the regulars could bear, so should a private citizen.
    I am not sorry that that is difficult for a fearful citizen to hear and realize, but that is what the 2nd amendment protects and reserves outside of government empowerment.

    If you disagree, I ask you why do you disagree with innocent until proven guilty? To assume that someone will hurt another just because they have the freedom to own arms is to find them guilty of a crime before committing it.

    Keep up the great work Apostle Claver and I continue to stand with you!

  • Marjory Hall says:

    I was fascinated at the specific words and ideas censored from the published article. The full text is eloquent and thoughtful; there was no valid reason to edit it.

    I teach English at the college level, but in that capacity, I encourage my students to be aware consumers of public rhetoric. I plan to include both versions of this article in a classroom discussion this week.

  • David Overton says:


    The 2nd Amendment is the only reason our nation has survived. Our sucess has drawn ire of others less sucessful and would have attracted an attack but for te fact that we have the most numerous malitia on the planet – the responsibly armed citizenry. We must save our freedoms by electing representatives who will do just that

  • PilotX says:

    No ban on ANY firearms? That is a bit too far. Gotta ask, WWJD?

  • Cole Paschall says:

    In response to PilotX, WWJD, well Jesus does not fear the evil in mens hearts or what one person can do to another, He is above that, we as humans are sinful, all of us, we are capable of terrible things no person is exempt. Jesus uses the power of the Spirit to remove the evil from many peoples hearts. Me I use the power of my glock and pray that i should never have to take anothers life. The Commandment is Thall shalt not murder. For self preservation of myself or any other innocent person that is not murder. That is the removal of an evil being from the face of this world. May God be with them.

  • Anthony Kroon says:

    We must continue to push back. Firearms are not the problem. It is a media giving credence to a person like Holmes who has committed an atrocity and glows in the attention he is receiving. And the media’s cheap attempt to politicize this horrible event and try to forward their leftist agenda. Brian Ross gave it away when he tried to push the idea that Jim Holmes was a member of the Tea Party. It is not the right that is violent – it is always the left. The Occupy Wall Street movement is a recent reminder of the lefts propensity to violence. They were such animals that they had rape centers set up to quell any rape victims who might want to report a rape crime to the authorities. Why were those crimes and the numerous other crimes they committed not reported? Because it would negatively impact the left and Obama. It is sickening and can wear you down at times. I applaud Apostle for his continued dedication to the conservative cause.

  • Rob St. John says:

    When I hear some of the rhetoric following the murders in Aurora, CO I simply am aghast at what deception has been foisted upon our countrymen. The 2nd, isn’t about hunting or even personal protection, it is about deterring a tyrannical government. Although I wouldn’t go as far as approving all weapons, e.g. suitcase nuclear devices, in order to keep OUR government on the straight and narrow I certainly agree that most weapons, e.g. automatic weapons, should be available to those who wish to purchase them. Secondly, although I have a concealed carry permit,(which I obtained to protect my border collies while living in Wyoming wolf and bear country, I believe the governmnet dissuading citizens from owning firearms via gun laws and concealed carry laws is unconstitutional. Thirdly, I believe “gun free” zones should be unlawful in order to protect one another from those who disregard laws.

  • Stephen Hope says:

    I would like to respond to WWJD. When David went up against Goliath with a slingshot, there was a bunch of cowards watching him. When David cut off the Giants head with the Giants own sword, All the cowards got BRAVE. When Jesus knew that He would face the religious leaders who came to persecute and falsely accuse him, He said: Sell your mantle and buy a sword. WWJD? He didnt stop Peter from cutting off the ear of their attackers, He did heal the wound. When the Lord taught Apostle Paul about love, He had the Apostle give a definition of Love, one part of that definition is LOVE PROTECTS. If ten people in that audience watching Batman had legal concealed weapons on them, the killer would not have had an opportunity to get off over 70 shots before someone stopped or killed him. LOVE THY NEIGHBOR would have PROTECTED. Jesus said the greatest love is to give your life for another. The Question now should be WWYD? What would you do?

  • PilotX says:

    So Jesus would be for allowing people to but 100 round magazines? Really? he’d be a member of the NRA? I think that may be a perversion of his message but of course I could be wrong.

  • PilotXX says:

    Well said pilotx. This article is idiotic. Yeah, we should have f-18s in our driveways and be able to buy anything we want, right. Then sell them to the highest bidder (outside the US) with no controls whatsoever. Wise up you bunch of idiots!

  • Reality_Broker says:

    Find out just what the people will submit to and you have found out the exact amount of injustice and wrong which will be imposed upon them; and these will continue until they are resisted with either words or blows, or with both. The limits of tyrants are prescribed by the endurance of those whom they oppress. — Frederick Douglass

  • Robert Lovelace says:

    In what way has the current administration threatened the 2nd Amendment. Cite me one example. If anything, Obama has opened up peoples right to bear arms. He signed legislation that makes it legal to carry a firearm into a National Park. And the Brady Campaign gave him a ‘F’ grade on gun-control during his first term. So again, I ask, what bit of evidence do you have that shows Obama wants to restrict gun rights?

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