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If They Come for Your Guns… Dean Garrison

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In case you have not seen it, a blogger named Dean Garrison wrote a terrific article on what responsibilities we have as patriotic Americans who actually support and defend the Constitution upon which we are founded. His article has gone viral and we hope it goes further.

In addition to the article, we want to add some understanding to further bolster his well written and clear thinking piece. The addition concerns wording in the second amendment that most people today do not fully understand. When reading the Constitution and the Bill of Rights, it is important to understand that our language has changed. Therefore, we must understand what the founders meant when they used the word ‘well-regulated’.

The phrase “well-regulated” was in common use long before 1789, and remained so for a century thereafter. It referred to the property of something being in proper working order. Something that was well-regulated was calibrated correctly, functioning as expected. Establishing government oversight of the people’s arms was not only not the intent in using the phrase in the 2nd amendment, it was precisely to render the government powerless to do so that the founders wrote it. - Brian T. Halonen

Adversaries who propose to ban or confiscate our guns clearly try to read new meaning into old words, or tell us that the Constitution is an old document that needs to be revised due to age; they are devoid of reason and understanding and certainly are not living up to their oaths of office.

There is no definition of being armed in the Constitution, but it is clear why – tyranny of the masses or government must be prevented and defended against, by weapons that are ‘well-regulated’ meaning they work well and the owner is adept in their use. Reading new verbiage or intent into those words is just flat wrong. Words have meaning – learn the meaning before lashing out against it. The founders intended the citizenry to defend the country if needed, with arms that could effectively meet these ends.

Therefore, any discussion of “reasonable restrictions” must be placed on those who wish to restrict, not on those who are law-abiding citizens whose inalienable right to defend oneself against all enemies, foreign and domestic, exists regardless of any government. It was in force through all of time and it is the responsibility as outlined by our founders that government protect this unalienable right – not remove it.

(The author of the article has given permission to all to disseminate this piece with proper attribution, please make sure it is cited back to the original post.)

If They Come for Your Guns, Do You Have a Responsibility to Fight?

By Dean Garrison – D.C. Clothesline

I feel a tremendous responsibility to write this article though I am a little apprehensive. Thinking about the possibility of rising up against our own government is a frightening thing for many of us. I am not Johnny Rambo and I will be the first to admit that I do not want to die. The reason I feel compelled to write this, however, is simply because I don’t think the average American is equipped with the facts. I feel that a lot of American citizens feel like they have no choice but to surrender their guns if the government comes for them. I blame traditional media sources for this mass brainwash and I carry the responsibility of all small independent bloggers to tell the truth. So my focus today is to lay out your constitutional rights as an American, and let you decide what to do with those rights.

About a month ago I let the “democracy” word slip in a discussion with a fellow blogger. I know better. Americans have been conditioned to use this term. It’s not an accurate term and it never has been a correct term to describe our form of government. The truth is that the United States of America is a constitutional republic. This is similar to a democracy because our representatives are selected by democratic elections, but ultimately our representatives are required to work within the framework of our constitution. In other words, even if 90% of Americans want something that goes against our founding principles, they have no right to call for a violation of constitutional rights.

If you are religious you might choose to think of it this way… Say that members of your congregation decide that mass fornication is a good thing. Do they have the right to change the teachings of your God? The truth is the truth. It doesn’t matter how many people try to stray from it. Did I just compare our founders to God? In a way I did, but please note that I am not trying to insult anyone. For the purpose of the American Government our constitution and founders who wrote it are much like God is to believers. It is the law. It is indisputable.

Our founders did not want a “democracy” for they feared a true democracy was just as dangerous as a monarchy. The founders were highly educated people who were experienced in defending themselves against tyranny. They understood that the constitution could protect the people by limiting the power of anyone to work outside of it much better than a pure system of popularity. A system of checks and balances was set up to help limit corruption of government and also the potential for an “immoral majority” developing within the American People. We have forgotten in this country that we are ultimately ruled by a constitution.

Why is a democracy potentially just as dangerous as a monarchy? Let’s look at something that Benjamin Franklin said because it answers that question more fully and succinctly than I can.

Democracy is two wolves and a lamb voting on what to have for lunch. Liberty is a well-armed lamb contesting the vote. -Benjamin Franklin

Even 230+ years ago our founders were perceptive enough to realize that democracy was a dangerous form of government. How so? Because the citizens of a country can become just as corrupt as any government. We have seen evidence of this throughout history. Ask Native Americans and African-Americans if this population can become corrupt.

I think in 2012 we are seeing evidence of what Franklin was trying to tell us. Just because a majority of people may support certain ideas it does not mean that those ideas are just. In simple terms, just because most Americans love our president and voted for him, it does not mean that he has the power to go against our constitutional rights.

Next I’d like to review the text of the second amendment. It is very clear. This is the law of this land. So when Senator Feinstein or President Obama talk about taking your guns, you need to think about something. Are they honoring their sworn oath to uphold the constitution?

A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.

This is a pretty clear statement. The fact is that it took 232 years for the Supreme Court to even rule on this amendment because it has never been successfully challenged. In 2008 a case of Columbia v. Heller the Supreme Court ruled that a handgun ban in Washington D.C. was unconstitutional. One also has to take this into consideration. The Supreme Court supports your right to own guns. If you want to research this decision further you can start here.

For those who try to debate the spirit of the 2nd amendment, they are truly no different from people who will try to take Biblical quotes out of context to try to support their immoral decisions. The founders were very clear on the intent of the 2nd amendment. Let me share a few quick quotes here:

- The strongest reason for people to retain the right to keep and bear arms is, as a last resort, to protect themselves against tyranny in government. -Thomas Jefferson

- Firearms stand next in importance to the Constitution itself. They are the American people’s liberty teeth and keystone under independence … From the hour the Pilgrims landed, to the present day, events, occurrences, and tendencies prove that to insure peace, security and happiness, the rifle and pistol are equally indispensable . . . the very atmosphere of firearms everywhere restrains evil interference – they deserve a place of honor with all that is good. -George Washington

- The Constitution shall never be construed….to prevent the people of the United States who are peaceable citizens from keeping their own arms. -Samuel Adams

I could find hundreds of quotes like these. This country was built on the right to bear arms. It was built on the rights of an individual to bear arms, regardless of what his government or neighbor happened to think. This is crystal clear. Ironically the people who voice their opinions against this right have their free speech protected by your guns. Without guns in this country, all other amendments become null and void, simply because “We the People” will lose our power of enforcement.

We need to keep this in mind as our “representatives” try to push gun bans. I don’t care if 99% of people are in support of gun bans (which is far from the case), it is a violation of our constitutional rights, plain and simple.

A constitutional republic protects the rights of the individual even when their ideas are very much in the minority. If I were the only person in America who believed in the 2nd amendment, I would still be within my rights to call upon it. You would all think I was insane and possibly celebrate if I was gunned down, but in the end I would be the only true American among us.

Our framers were very clear on this. If my government comes to take my guns, they are violating one of my constitutional rights that is covered by the 2nd amendment.

It is not my right, at that point, but my responsibility to respond in the name of liberty. What I am telling you is something that many are trying to soft sell, and many others have tried to avoid putting into print, but I am going to say it. The time for speaking in code is over.

If they come for our guns then it is our constitutional right to put them six feet under. You have the right to kill any representative of this government who tries to tread on your liberty. I am thinking about self-defense and not talking about inciting a revolution. Re-read Jefferson’s quote. He talks about a “last resort.” I am not trying to start a Revolt, I am talking about self-defense. If the day for Revolution comes, when no peaceful options exist, we may have to talk about that as well. None of us wants to think about that, but please understand that a majority can not take away your rights as an American citizen. Only you can choose to give up your rights.

Congress could pass gun ban legislation by a 90%+ margin and it just would not matter. I think some people are very unclear on this. This is the reason we have a Supreme Court, and though I do not doubt that the Supreme Court can also become corrupt, in 2008 they got it right. They supported the constitution. It does not matter what the majority supports because America is not a democracy. A constitutional republic protects the rights of every single citizen, no matter what their “elected servants” say. A majority in America only matters when the constitution is not in play.

I just wrote what every believer in the constitution wants to say, and what every constitutional blogger needs to write. The truth of the matter is that this type of speech is viewed as dangerous and radical or subversive, and it could gain me a world of trouble that I do not want. It is also the truth. To make myself clear I will tell you again. If they come for your guns it is your right to use those guns against them and to kill them. You are protected by our constitution.

Most of the articles I am reading on the subject are trying to give you clues without just coming out and saying it. I understand that because certain things in this country will get you on a list that you don’t want to be on. I may well be on that list. This blog is small and growing so I may not be there yet, but I have dreams. I also have my own list of subversives and anyone who attempts to deny my constitutional rights is on that list.

I am not the “subversive” here, it is the political representatives who are threatening to take away my inalienable rights. If they come to take my guns and I leave a few of them wounded or dead, and I somehow survive, I have zero doubt that I will spend a long time in prison and may face an execution. But I would much rather be a political prisoner than a slave.

If I go down fighting then I was not fighting to harm these human beings. I was simply defending my liberty and yours. It is self-defense and it is what our country was built on. We won our freedom in self-defense. We would not be ruled by a tyrannical government in the 1770′s and we will not be ruled in 2012 by a tyrannical government. There is no difference.

This is a case of right and wrong. As of now the 2nd amendment stands. It has never been repealed. If Feinstein or Barack have a problem with the constitution then they should be removed from office. They are not defending the constitution which they have sworn an oath to protect. It is treasonous to say the least. They would likely say the same about me, but I have the constitution, the founders, and the supreme court on my side. They only have their inflated egos.

I am not writing this to incite people. I am writing this in hopes that somehow I can make a tiny difference. I have no idea how many of my neighbors have the will to defend their constitutional rights. 2%? 20%? I am afraid that 20% is a high number, unfortunately. When push comes to shove many people may give up and submit to being ruled. I believe that our government is banking on this.

What I do know is that this country was founded by people who had balls the size of Texas and Patriotic Americans take shit off of no one, especially our own government. For evidence of that, you might research the Revolutionary War. My question is how many Patriots are left?

I would hope that our officials come to realize that, regardless of our numbers, we still exist because they are calling Patriotic Americans to action. They are making us decide if we want to die free or submit to their rule. I can not tell you where you should stand on that. I do know that it may make the difference between living a life of freedom or slavery.

You must start thinking about this because I believe that the day is coming soon and I personally believe it has already been planned. Not all conspiracy theories are hogwash. They may throw down the gauntlet soon and my suggestion is that you prepare yourself to react.

I mean no disrespect to our elected officials but they need to understand that “We the People” will not be disarmed. If they proceed then it is they that are provoking us and we will act accordingly. We are within our rights to do so.

For those who are in support of taking the guns, you need to ask yourself a very important question, and I am not just talking about the politicians, because if you support them, you have chosen your side.

Are you willing to die to take my guns?

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17 Responses to If They Come for Your Guns… Dean Garrison

  1. Anthony G.

    Excellent article Dean! I’ve passed out nearly 20 copies of this article and being asked for more, keep it up bro, i’m a Patriot like you!!

  2. Katherine

    Outstanding! Well researched and well put…

  3. Jean Landry

    This Young Man is very Brave and I agree….I would rather fight for my rights and end up that they kill Me for it….than to be their Slave!
    I am not brave, but know that I have to do or say something to encourage People to rise up against this Mess we find ourselves in…..
    MAY GOD BE WITH ALL WHO BELIEVE IN HIM, OUR CREATOR!

  4. Bernard Hunt

    I am truly greatful for your well articulated piece. I too believe we must stand against a government that would subjugate it’s people. This is not about our safety it’s about control.

  5. Glenna Sandhoff

    Great article. I totally agree with this article and will be passing it on to hopefully, open peoples eyes to what is really going on and what our RIGHTS are. I have a right to keep and bear arms, have am a CHL holder and feel I have a right to protect me and mine. Thanks for putting it so well.

  6. Kent Whitney

    How may I contact Mr. Dean H. Garrison Jr. or can I have Mr. Garrison contact me at above e-mail address. I have important information to pass along to him…

    His article is tack-on, all politicians, leaders, law makers and enforcers from the President down to our lowest courts of the land, should take heed, with the Heart and Soul of America in their hands, the full responsibilities to protect our Republic, The Constitution, our Bill of Rights and remember exactly why the Declaration of Independence was drafted, presented and an all out war to the point of total victory, berthed a nation, our America. We can not risk loosing what is so just and right in the sight of this nation, these peoples, the world and God because of what a very few do to bring harm to the society that holds life and liberty so dear… The world at large, hates us because we are a Republic and Free, not because we are rich and prosperous! We are rich and prosperous because we are FREE!

    God Bless and protect America

    V/R

    KMW

  7. Bill F

    This article really needs to get out to the masses by the media. I think FOX shoudl be contacted and the General is a contributor I believe. This is serious and all law makers need to know that We The People are serious about this. We are willing to die for our rights. I don’t think Obama believes we are serious or the left wing gun grabbers. They need to know we are.

    • charles rupert

      I think it goes a lot further than “I don’t think Obama believes we are serious”. I don’t think he or most of our Representatives care enough to choose the tough side when the SHTF. Roads are already being paved to declare “serious” folks as “domestic terrorists”. Tea Party supporters, Christians, etc have already been portrayed by prominent government officials as such. Now we are killing American citizens abroad with drones, without trial, who (to the best of my knowledge) have not been battlefield participants against their country. Watch and be ready.

  8. William H.Ford

    I suppose I’m already on several lists, so one more won’t make a difference!! I am old and slow. I have an infantry background, but have no,or few, illusions about my effectiveness in a serious fight!! However, this will be my hill on which to die! “All that is neccessary for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing.” I will do something!! Hank in Va.

  9. I am an educated man. My father, his father, my wife and I and our two son-in laws served or serve now in the armed forces of The Republic. I have lived all over the world and seen many forms of government: dictatorships, parlimentary democracies, and communist/socisalist “democracies”

    Our Republic/constitional government is the best. We must however be constantly vigilant in the days to come. It is very evident our country is headed for an economic collapse. With it will come turmoil, and I’m certain.. violence. The “Entitled” will come to take what you have. Guns will be blamed, and drastic Constitutional violations will occurr in the name of martial law. This will be the excuse the government uses to “suspend” your constitutional rights. DON’T EXCLUDE ANY MEANS this government will use to seize your guns. Use “DON’T TREAD ON ME” AS YOUR BATTLE CRY. Stock up on guns, ammo, silver, gold, beer and cigarettes. Keep a copy of The Constitution and Bill of Rights handy..Long live FREEDOM and The Republic. GET READY.. It will start in March 2013..

  10. Donald Baker

    I am a veteran of the Cuba Missile Crises and Vietnam. I am almost 80 yrs. old and I can`t run very far or fast anymore but I can still fire a weapon pretty good and that is what will happen if the government tries to take my protection away from me or my family. I will go down fighting for our constitutional rights of this nation, foreign or DOMESTIC.

    I took a pledge when I went into the service and I still believe in that pledge to this day. Long Live the Republic of these United States.

  11. Steve

    Excellent article, very well written and right to the point, only wish we could get the Libs to understand the Constituion like this Author.

  12. I agree with you interpretation of the 2nd Amendment, but I DISAGREE with your proposal to “shoot it out” with the government agents who come to take your guns. Even our brave forefathers would NOT have done as you suggest. They were brave who fought IN GROUPS, with a reasonable chance of victory. Our founding Fathers would NOT have tried to fight in such a suicidal (individual) way. So it is not cowardice to hand over your guns to the BATFE agents who break down your door. It is simply rational. Live to fight another day, more effectively, on your own terms, and at a time of your choosing. I hope you know what I am implying. Oh, and AR-15 rifles would be useless in a true revolution: pistols with silencers and sniper rifles would be more effective in fighting the beast.

  13. Joe in N Calif

    A SCOTUS decision that I think applies here. From West Virginia State Board of Education v. Barnette, 319 U.S. 624 (1943)

    “The very purpose of a Bill of Rights was to withdraw certain subjects from the vicissitudes of political controversy, to place them beyond the reach of majorities and officials and to establish them as legal principles to be applied by the courts. One’s right to life, liberty, and property, to free speech, a free press, freedom of worship and assembly, and other fundamental rights may not be submitted to vote; they depend on the outcome of no elections.”

    Exactly. Telling the federal government “Keep yer grubby mitts OFF!”

  14. Sarg

    Hate to tell you guys but it’s been on for some time but they don’t have to come for your guns, they already have all the ammo. Without ammo, a gun is a club.

    Try your local gun store, Walmart, anywhere…no ammo, not even .22 rimfire.

    The fed is gobbling up everything faster than the ammo makers can put it out.

    So, you better have stockpiled a bunch or have the ability to reload or, like I said, you have some very expensive clubs.

  15. Charles Molter

    I am a Vietnam Vet I have never been arrested in my life, neither have my Brothers. My Grandfather and Dad served willingly and we joined. I took the oath that the Usurper, has now, twice taken, but it means nothing to him. He is an anti American. I fought once for my Country and I WILL Fight again in a heart beat. I lost two very dear friends I served with, I will NOT turn in my weapons no matter what. I will give anyone that tries to knock down my door will get the ammo first.

  16. josiah mchenry

    I am only 12 years old and my parents are liberal sheep.
    they do not believe that all this is happening.
    I have a gun and when they come to take them I will fight back with all that I can. I thank my granddad for teaching me all about our founding fathers and are rights, now he is dead because they care more about money than life.I do not care what will happen to me, but I want the government to fear me……..fear us.

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