Ban a Gun -- Go to Jail
by L. Neil Smith
The Constitution, without qualification, states that the individual
right to own and carry weapons will not be infringed. Title 18, U.S. Code,
Sections 241 and 242,
ordains as a crime the violation of anybody's civil rights. Part of
the XIVth Amendment requires removal of any politician who defies the
Constitution, barring him (or her) from public office in perpetuity. And,
of course, betraying one's oath of office is perjury, which is a felony.
By attempting to ban semiautomatic weapons (or weapons of any sort),
city authorities in Dayton, Ohio and Rochester, New York have broken all
these laws. It's possible that conspiracy and racketeering statutes apply
to their illicit activities, as well.
We all know how slight the chances are that any of these miscreants
will be prosecuted for having violated our natural, fundamental,
inalienable human, civil, and Constitutional rights under the current
political circumstances. So do they, or they wouldn't have broken the
law. However as students of history, we also know that political
circumstances change -- a fact they seem to have overlooked.
If they can't be prosecuted now, why not a year from now? If they
can't be prosecuted a year from now, why not four years from now? And
if they can't be prosecuted four years from now, why not twenty? Simon
Wiesenthal never gave up on the Nazis. Why should we -- who feel that
the Bill of Rights is all that keeps America from becoming the world's
biggest banana republic -- ever give up on the Dayton or Rochester
perpetrators, or on any public servant who introduces, sponsors, or
votes for gun control?
Perhaps more to the point at the moment: why should we have any
more regard for any law they pass than they have for the highest
law of the land supposedly governing us -- and them -- already?
Von Clausewitz, the eminent Prussian strategist, said you should
always give the enemy a way out, so he won't fight like a trapped
animal and be likelier to retreat. So what can these criminals in
Dayton and Rochester do to avoid weeks, months, and possibly years
of looking over their shoulders, waiting for the long arm of the
highest law of the land to seize, humiliate, and punish them?
Three things: they must repeal the offending legislation; they
must resign from office immediately afterward; and they must promise,
publicly and in writing, never to seek or hold public office again.
Meanwhile, we can offer them a few words of advice: don't listen
to the torrent of lies spewed out by Sarah Brady and her fascist
front-group. Don't let that pickle-faced harridan and her tent-revival
meat-puppet get you into more trouble. Her First Amendment rights
are unimpaired by any oath of office to uphold the Constitution and
she's not going to jail when the reckoning comes due.
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