Packed, stacked and ready to whack

Posted: Jan 29, 2005 12:00 AM

Our Constitution is currently under a greater threat than a teenaged boy at a Michael Jackson sleepover.  Yes, this rock solid foundational document, a major cause of our country?s amazing success, is undergoing some serious thrashing by judges, bureaucrats, politicians, prosecutors and police.  I don?t know about you ? but I do not like the fact that the very people who should uphold our rights are stretching them thinner than Fiona Apple on a rack. 

One of the basic human rights that constantly has to be defended is the right to keep and bear arms.  Why did the original founders of this great American experiment toss this given, no-duh, entitlement into the Constitution?  Well ? it wasn?t so that we would be guaranteed that we could hunt squirrels and woodchucks without serving time, as great as that is.  It was for the purpose of defending ourselves against perps when the cops are running a little late, and for the purpose of protecting ourselves against the government should the system go south.

What concerns me is how both the Federal and State governments, driven by rabid lawmakers, continue to be such a pain in the derriere with respect to the right to possess a firearm.  In just a few short years, our supposed Constitution-honoring government has made it grueling to obtain, practically impossible to carry, and God help you if you actually legitimately have to use ? a gun.

Listen ? Pollyanna ? it?s a bad bad day and the potential beginning of a serious nightmare when the government forbids you to buy, or tries to take from you, your weapon. 

This is one of the major lessons history screams at us. 

For those of you who missed your world history classes because you were taking transgender sensitivity training, let me highlight a few ignoble moments in the world?s gun-ridding record.

Take Germany for example.  Soon after WWI, the liberal powers thought that relieving citizens of their rifles would restore peace in the streets.  The general populace bought this nonsense because at that time there were no astute bloggers, Fox News, NRA or to shoot down such a stupid idea.  And for a while, no doubt, I?m sure everyone felt warm and fuzzy.

The warm and fuzzy feelings, however, gave way to cold hard reality when the Austrian Jerk Emeritus goose-stepped his way into power and began to unfold his Mein Crap.  This was relatively easy for Adolf to do.  Why was his big lie easy to sell?  One major reason was that the ones who were not buying his crack really couldn?t do squat about it ? because, you see ? they had allowed the government to seize their weapons just a few short years prior to The Dipstick?s ascent.

Sure, they could and did resist as much as possible, but when dealing with a tyrant, sometimes the only way to communicate your displeasure with his dementia is with the crack of gun fire.  Unfortunately, the dissenters were, by and large, weaponless. The only ones allowed to own firearms were Hitler, his wizards and the ones who danced to his tortuous tune.

And for those who need more examples of how a disarmed populace stands more vulnerable than Ashlee Simpson before a Bose voice processor ? let?s see ? what massive slaughter of unarmed citizens should I use to hammer the point further home? How about how the Turks systematically disarmed and then slaughtered, plus or minus, one million Armenians back in the early 1900?s?  Or the ?disarm-oppress-and kill? campaigns executed by bad leaders upon the innocent people of Cambodia, the Soviet Union, China, Sudan, Rwanda, Uganda, Indonesia, Iran, and Iraq? 

How?s that?

As Judge Andrew Napolitano points out in his book, Constitutional Chaos: What Happens When the Government Breaks Its Own Laws, nowhere in the annals of world history do an unarmed people ever fare well.   Never has an act of genocide in the 20th century occurred where the citizens were packing.  I guarantee that if the Gestapo had been strafed with 180 grain 30/06 lead, or pounded repeatedly at close range with 00buck from 12 gauge riot gun ? the numbers lost during that crazy crew?s reign of terror would have been far, far less.  But the GP acquiesced in peacetime to the bad idea of giving up their guns to quell violence, obviously never imagining that their government would ever go bad.  But it did.  And once it did ? the unarmed citizens were slaughtered by the armed government.  Judge Kozinski framed it nicely: ?Tyranny thrives best where the government doesn?t fear the wrath of armed people.?

My ClashPoint is this:  I?m sure some reflexively irate idealist is thinking that that was then and this is now and there is no way such atrocities will ever happen again, and that John Lennon?s vision for the world will not just be imagined, but actualized. 

That?s cool. 

I?m ready for the lion to lay down with the lamb; however, in this waiting period between now and when Xanadu actually manifests, I?m not giving up my right to keep and bear arms while looking solely to the government to cover my back.  Our framers got it right: armed people are free people.  As much as I laud, appreciate, and look to our Constitution-honoring soldiers and law enforcers to serve and protect me and my house, I also know it is my right and my duty to be packed, stacked and ready to whack just in case things get loopy.