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Happy Patriot's Day.

In all the talk of guns we're hearing in the last few days, the 800 lb gorilla in the room that nobody wants to acknowledge is the reason guns were important enough to address in the second amendment to the constitution. It's not sports, it's not hunting, and it's not even self-defense from individual psychopaths.

The reason it was so important to the founders is that it is the last-chance check on runaway government power. Along with jury nullification - now made de-facto if not explicitly illegal by a runaway government intent on retaining its power - arms in the hands of individual citizens are the only way that a government that has been hopelessly corrupted can be prevented from being turned against those whom it was supposed to protect.

Today is the anniversary of the day that was driven home in unambiguous terms - when the most powerful government on earth was held in check by farmers and merchants who no longer had recourse to the law for the protection of their inalienable rights.

It's argued now that "it can't happen here" because this is a free country and not a dictatorship, and that even if it did, there's no way individuals could stand up to the overwhelming power of the military. The first is simply wishful thinking. It can happen here, it can happen anywhere. The main reason this is still a nominally free country is precisely because we are aware that it could happen here, and in the main, the general public, liberal and complacent as they may be, have certain lines they still resist crossing.

As to the second, well, realize that gun owners in America constitute what is probably the largest, even if not most technically sophisticated, army in the world. If one of them has a beef, his guns won't help him. If it's important enough to enough people, their guns won't be stoppable.

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I have twice been rejected from jury duty for my stated belief in the legality of jury nullification during voir dire.

BTW, I have decided to give blogging another shot. My new blog is called Canis Libertas and is located at http://canislibertas.blogsp...

If you would kindly change the link in your blogroll, I would greatly appreciate it.

Posted by Liberty Dog at Friday, May 04, 2007 10:24 AM

LD,

Welcome back. I've changed the link in my blogroll. (The link you posted in the comment doesn't work, due to a period on the end).

Posted by kylben at Saturday, May 05, 2007 09:34 AM

Oops...damn my use of proper punctuation.

Posted by Liberty Dog at Saturday, May 05, 2007 11:28 AM

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