Constitutional Activism Expected in the good ol’ US of A
A recent reformation of Missouri law, the result of effective constitutional activism, makes openly carrying a firearm just a little bit easier than it used to be. On October 24th in St Louis, about 40 legally armed demonstrators rejoiced over this reform by peacefully assembling and exercising their right to be openly armed.
The mayor of St. Louis and a variety of sheeple expressing opposing views were shocked by this event – shocked that citizens would actually openly exercise their constitutionally protected rights simply….. because they can! Regarding the peaceful and quiet demonstration, Mayor Francis Slayer was quoted by the St Louis Post-Dispatch at a news conference:
“This is not Deadwood, South Dakota, in the 1870s…….In Deadwood, there was no law, but in Missouri, it is the law,” he said, referring to the legal ability to openly carry guns in public. “I don’t know what is worse.” He then said that the new law on carrying is “confusing” to police.
What’s Confusing? Am I Missing Something?
The law is “confusing” to police? Where’s the confusion? If a citizen is openly armed and is not posing a threat to anyone, then leave him or her alone. On the other hand, if a citizen is a danger to others in violation of a law, then police action should be taken to control that person, armed or not. When was the last time a violent criminal was seen openly carrying? From the criminal’s standpoint, would carrying openly be in the best interest of his own violent criminal intentions?
I think that’s a very easy to understand policy, and it is clearly in conformance with the new law and with basic constitutional rights. Am I missing something? Maybe they have all been watching too much TV.
There is one fact I overlooked. Police have grown accustomed to hassling those who open carry. The prohibition of open carry was the “law” to which they were accustomed. Many of them are now upset about no longer being permitted to do so, and that is their only point of confusion.
Sorry to inform you, Mr. Slayer, but this is St. Louis in 2014 and it IS rightfully the law in Missouri, and it IS rightfully the law nationwide. It is law specifically defined by provisions of the Second Amendment to our US Constitution. In addition, the Tenth Amendment assures us that no State has the authority to impose any law that is contrary to provisions defined in the US Constitution.
Law in the Old West in Deadwood
Why was there no law against open carrying in Deadwood, South Dakota, in 1870? Back then, like today, it was because of the Second Amendment. I do not know the present law in Deadwood, but if there is now any law there today which would pretend to prohibit open-carry, that law would be just as invalid there today as such law presently IS invalid in St Louis. The Second and the Tenth Amendments apply universally, for all time.
The Right to Free Assembly and Free Speech: It’s NOT Shocking!
Should it be shocking that citizens who have for too long been denied the ability to exercise their natural constitutionally guaranteed rights without risk of being locked up for such action, should now take measures to openly re-assert their rights? If we do not openly exercise our rights and exercise them now, they will surely be walked upon. As soon as we allow our rights to be walked upon, we have given them up to an unjust authority.
What’s the Real Shocker, Mayor Slayer?
More shocking to me than peaceful people carrying guns in public is popular opposition to the open exercise of a constitutional right. Of course those who oppose exercising constitutional rights have every right to do so. We all have a right to remain ignorant, and to practice ignorance. The truth is that the trending lack of truth in education on the subject of the history of the American Revolution has resulted in widespread ignorance of the real basis of our founding documents, and of what they mean to each of us in real life-practice.
On the other hand, with no knowledge of the political climate under which the American colonists revolted against tyrannical authority imposed by the British monarchy of King George III, and with no understanding or knowledge of the motivations of the intentions of our Founding Fathers, could we reasonably expect any intelligent responses from the ignorant? I guess not.
A Bad Western? Of Course. Nobody was Shot!
St Louis Mayor Francis Slayer also referred to the peaceful and quiet demonstration as akin to “something out of a bad western”. Maybe the mayor is right. A western without an exaggerated and overly dramatic fatal shooting scene would be a very bad western indeed.
Time for America to awaken – Time to Exercise your Rights!
How can America return to its original foundation, grounded in the guarantee of individual liberty? Each and every one of us must awaken to understand that the Bill of Rights was an enumeration of rights. The granting of natural rights comes from God Himself, and not from any document or human being. That is exactly why the Bill of Rights is referred to as an enumeration. It is a listing of self-existent and therefore inalienable rights.
If you happen to be an atheist, then I will state that another way, and I doubt that you will disagree: You are a self-governed and independent being. No other human being possesses any valid authority to control your actions or your life, and as soon as you hand over your keys to yourself to someone or something else, you by default give up your own natural sovereignty.
Kudos are due the organizers of this demonstration in St. Louis. The time has come for us all to exercise and practice our rights publicly, or lose their recognition. Now let’s get to it!
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