Archive for June, 2008

The Most Fundamental Right

Posted in The Most Fundamental Right on June 30, 2008 by Darkman

I would like to say how relieved I am that there has been a clear and unequivocal call for the repeal of the Second Amendment (via The Smallest Minority via Another Gun Blog). Yes, relieved, because it is so much easier to fight one’s enemies when they can be clearly seen. Clearly seen especially by those who consider themselves “moderate” on the topic.

That these pompous twits believe repealing this amendment would have their desired effect is a stunning thought. But that is not really my point.

It was stated in the syllabus of the decision that the Second Amendment only recognizes a pre-existing right. It establishes nothing. It creates nothing. Again I will quote:

We look to this because it has always been widely understood that the Second Amendment, like the First and Fourth Amendments, codified a pre-existing right.

This is correct. The right to speak your mind freely without government forcibly silencing you, the right to worship a higher being or not as you choose, the right to gather with others of like mind and the right not to be randomly shaken down by the local–or the federal, for that matter–“thug hunters” for no good reason are rights that are fundamental to you, regardless of what any constitution says. Repeal these amendments, and the rights still exist. It may become harder to exercise them, but still, there they will be.

The Second Amendment protects, recognizes and codifies what I believe is The Most Fundamental Right. If the government censors your criticism of its actions, what do you do? Shout louder? If the government ignores your petition of grievance, what do you do? File another petition of grievance, but this time use a larger font?

Patrick Henry said it (via disinter):

Guard with jealous attention the public liberty. Suspect every one who approaches that jewel. Unfortunately, nothing will preserve it but downright force. Whenever you give up that force, you are ruined…. O sir, we should have fine times, indeed, if to punish tyrants, it were only sufficient to assemble the people!

“Indeed, if to punish tyrants, it were only sufficient to assemble the people!” If not for this Most Fundamental Right, we would be but impotent shrieking harpies to our oppressors. The right to self-defense against any tyrant is your inherent right. Whether such a tyrant is merely a mugger trying to rob you of your worldly goods or a government trying to rob you of your freedoms, you still have the same inherent right to fight back. When your just grievances are continually ignored, your rights further infringed upon without relief, what then is left?  There is nothing left but to exercise force against your oppressors. You must exercise The Most Fundamental Right.

This you must ask yourself:  Do you, and only you, ultimately own the right to your own life?  Your own life is your most fundamental measure of ownership.  If the government takes steps to prohibit you from criticizing its actions, you still live although your freedom to speak has been violated.  The government may pass laws prohibiting you from legally associating with those of like mind, yet still you live.

If your basic right to survival is denied, all these lesser rights become moot.  If the ability and the required tools to protect your own life become prohibited, you will not be able to speak or assemble or anything else.  You will simply be at the mercy of whatever establishment tin-pot mini-dictator you happen to offend.

Your life is your most fundamental measure of ownership.  Defending your own life is your Most Fundamental Right.

Personal security?

Posted in The Most Fundamental Right on June 29, 2008 by Darkman

Undoubtedly some think that the Second Amendment is outmoded in a society where our standing army is the pride of our Nation, where well-trained police forces provide personal security, and where gun violence is a serious problem. That is perhaps debatable, but what is not debatable is that it is not the role of this Court to pronounce the Second Amendment extinct.

Why didn’t someone tell me that well-trained police forces were supposed to be providing me with personal security?

And there’s that “gun violence” scare phrase.

Don’t be fooled into thinking Scalia is your friend just because of the Heller decision. He’s still an elitist who’s out of touch with the rest of us.

Noticed at Liberal Morality.

Vote Barr and be a part of the pack

Posted in Election 2008, The Big "L" on June 29, 2008 by Darkman

Yellow Dog Libertarianclick to enlarge

For The War On Guns.

A pre-existing right

Posted in The Most Fundamental Right on June 27, 2008 by Darkman

The verdict is, for most fundamental rights crusaders, a happy one. Yes, there are still a lot of problems with D.C. v. Heller. There are reason to be not entirely satisfied with the outcome. However, in a way the decision was more than I expected or hoped for, because of this:

c. Meaning of the Operative Clause. Putting all of these textual elements together, we find that they guarantee the individual right to possess and carry weapons in case of confrontation. This meaning is strongly confirmed by the historical background of the Second Amendment. We look to this because it has always been widely understood that the Second Amendment, like the First and Fourth Amendments, codified a pre-existing right. The very text of the Second Amendment implicitly recognizes the pre-existence of the right and declares only that it “shall not be infringed.” As we said in United States v. Cruikshank, 92 U. S. 542, 553 (1876), “[t]his is not a right granted by the Constitution. Neither is it in any manner dependent upon that instrument for its existence. The Second amendment declares that it shall not be infringed…

Pre-existing right.”  And the italicization is their emphasis.  This simple recognition of fact should be trumpeted far and wide.  Many so-called “Second Amendment Activists” make the mistake of arguing for this right from the basis of the Second Amendment.

The Second Amendment is only secondary to the ultimate, inherent and fundamental right of self-preservation.

Download the entire text of D.C. v. Heller here.

Probably not the thug they were thinking of…

Posted in Police State on June 26, 2008 by Darkman

Jurors heard wiretaps of McGee, including one where he called himself “Thug Mike.”

Quote via War On Guns.

Maybe now I’ll have to buy one of these.

“A little bit brighter”

Posted in The Most Fundamental Right on June 26, 2008 by Darkman

A good run-down of links and opinions on the Supreme Court decision everyone has been waitng for at War On Guns with HELLER AFFIRMED.

Now we’ll have to wait for numerous lawsuits to kick into action before we can really see how this will shake things out.

“This could happen to anybody”

Posted in Police State on June 25, 2008 by Darkman

Study carefully the case of Robert Bayliss. Doing his best to keep up with his landowner permission fees. He did not live in a “compound,” nor even a “ranch.” He practiced no “odd” religion, he had no children to home-school.

He was just a poor man, a man known and liked by the surrounding community, who had nothing left but a shack and 18 acres. A man who had a legitimate grievance against his local “government.” Therefore, he was deemed a threat.

He was “lucky.” He lived. Read about it Pro Libertate:

The inaugural use to which that armored assault vehicle was put was much more illustrative of the priorities and function of the Homeland Security State, which is to maintain terror — not only the politically profitable fear of outsiders, but the tacit fear that commands submission to the State’s demands. The amount Bayliss owed was less than trivial, but his defiance — rooted in a very plausible set of grievances — could have proven contagious if not properly dealt with.

To maintain terror…