(Edited and re-posted 3/1/14)
The heated national debate about our 'rights' under the 2nd Amendment are a dangerous diversion from the real constitutional issues of national defense. AmericaAgain! seeks to create the largest, most effective citizen force in human history without even having to resort to our firearms. Below, I'll explain why the 2nd Amendment movement has it all wrong, handing Obama & Co easy victories by citizens simply not knowing the powers and duties of We The People that we codified in the Constitution.
But, since we at AmericaAgain! own and enjoy firearms, and since gun-grabbers have made a national dust-up about our arms, I'll put in a plug for a personal favorite rifle. This is no bogus Ford -vs- Chevy argument; the AR-15 makes no sense, yet it's the most popular defense long gun that Americans purchase today, because everyone is buying them.
The Mouse-Gun That Everyone Loves
Eugene Stoner's M16 is the battle rifle used since Vietnam by the military industry. Its popular 'civilian' variant is the AR-15, which doesn't offer selective fire; only semi-auto mode. Another very popular battle rifle since WWII has been the M-1 Garand. It has a rugged, beautiful 'household' cousin: Ruger's Mini-30, pictured above.
Why the Mini-30 is Superior
Despite the name, there's nothing 'mini' about Ruger's Mini-30; it delivers twice the firepower of an AR-15. It's called "Mini-30" because the design was based on the M-1 Garand, the renowned .30 caliber battle rifle. The M-1 shoots the .30-06 Springfield round, whereas the Mini-30 shoots the 7.62x39 round; the same inexpensive, effective ammo as is used in the AK-47, the most popular battle rifle on earth.
As for accuracy, with ghost ring sights you can get 1.5 MOA accuracy at 50-100 yards all day long if you know how to shoot. (Unlike the earlier Mini-14 that did have 'whippy-barrel' problems.)
The Mini-30 sells for about $500 less than comparably-outfitted AR-15s and its simple, rugged Garand-style breechbolt locking system experiences far fewer failure-to-fire issues than the AR-15. Even if you're in the market to "look cool" rather than shoot well, the Mini-30 can be as "cool" as the AR; many kinds of aftermarket 'furniture' (stocks) and other goodies are available. But forget appearances, and use the $500 you save by not getting an AR-15, and you can buy 1,500 rounds of ammo.
Firearms are necessary -- but not sufficient
That is, if you can find ammo anywhere in the USA; every kind of semi-auto rifle and ammunition is impossible to find presently. Every gun dealer and manufacturer is singing the praises of Hussein Obama this year, and We The People are arming ourselves as never before. That's fine; but free republics and especially their rule of law, are maintained by wisdom (including tactical wisdom), not primarily by force of arms. Imagine, We The People (the sovereigns over government) haven't even attempted enforcement one time, ever! Why start shooting our lawless public servants when we haven't taken the first law enforcement step yet?
National Firearms Act of 1934 -- Grossly Unconstitutional
I recently explained in this blog article that We The People are the U.S. military according to the Constitution, so the National Firearms Act of 1934 (a clear violation of the Constitution) forces manufacturers and dealers to use the "military and law enforcement use only" designation for their best equipment.
There is no CONSTITUTIONAL limit to the type, caliber, fire-control system, optics, etc of the arms that citizens can and should own. That 1934 act forces tactical arms and equipment manufacturers to tip the scales against the constitutional citizen Militia demanded by Article I Section 8.
Now, millions of citizens have to fight on the fringes -- about magazine capacity and pistol grip stocks! -- because we have cowered before Congress' 79-year-long infringement of our right to keep and bear arms. The military industry and local police departments side with their own interests, and against the People...as you would expect. This is PRECISELY the situation the Second Amendment was meant to avoid! But We The People have slept.
We The People have Retained POWERS, not merely Rights
So let's get the Constitution straight; better late than never. The militia and gun lobby is still using only one of many weapons available to us in our Supreme Law.
For instance, Gun Owners of America is far better than the hyper-political, bloated, formerly gun-limiting NRA. But still, notice even this GOA bumper sticker sends the wrong message...
A Right? U.S. Constitution Article I, Section 8, Clause 15 indicates that enforcement of "the laws of the Union" and national defense is the duty and the power of the citizen, through his Citizen Militia. Given our constitutional position as sovereigns, the sticker should say "It's a retained POWER, not a Right!" because it's insane that sovereigns appeal to their lawless servants for rights.
We can't forget the Second Amendment; the Bill of Rights is where it is, for a reason. James Madison, "father of the Constitution" originally wanted the 'armed citizenry' language right in Article I, Section 9 alongside other things that Congress can't do. But the proponents of the Bill of Rights felt that Article I Section 8 already stipulated that all armed forces on American soil were citizen Militia, so they wanted to clearly REITERATE the People's power to be armed...in the Bill of Rights.
But my point is; consider the first three words of the Constitution, "We The People"...and consider the Tenth Amendment where We The People stipulate: we retain every imaginable power for ourselves and only grant our servants the powers we enumerated. In Article I Section 8 we gave them only 17 powers that standardize our public services such as mail service, money, copyrights, etc.
But our servants puffed themselves up as we sat and watched for five generations. They took thousands of illegal powers to themselves over the past 150 years. And the best we can do instead of law enforcement, is appeal to our crooked employees for rights?
Our servants in the U.S. Congress now take it on themselves almost weekly to attack the retained sovereign powers of We The People and these sovereign States. The arrogance of the U.S. Congress is exceeded only by its fecklessness and duplicity; every member of both houses took a solemn oath -- and violates it on a regular basis. Every member is constructively -- even if only by ignorance or professional negligence -- violating the Constitution with respect to lawful money, honest banking, and a well-trained Militia of the Several States.
This arrogance, negligence, and indeed -- these operations as organized crime -- have now presented the U.S. Congress as the most pressing and potent domestic enemy of these sovereign States and People. The time is indeed late for America's rule of law, and for the ability of We The People to defend ourselves against domestic enemies!
Going on Offense...From Now On
We The People -- the citizen Militia -- need to remain armed and trained; we need to push back and repeal the ridiculous violations of the Second Amendment, starting with the National Firearms Act of 1934.
In the States, we need to repeal all State laws that infringe on our constitutional DUTY and POWER (not 'right') to openly carry firearms, wherever we may be. It's preposterous that in states like mine (Texas), the law-abiding citizen can't carry a safely-holstered firearm, so we have to hide less-than-optimal pistols under our clothing. Some states don't allow open or concealed carry -- in other words, they totally disarm the citizen Militia stipulated in the Constitution! It's time to push back against these preposterous, clearly unconstitutional infringements, rather than letting liberals and statists keep us arguing about ammo magazine capacity or pistol-grips on shotguns.
Wake, up, American!
The most effective step you personally can take in defense is to go on tactical OFFENSE today. Join AmericaAgain! and pass the word to everyone you know. Click on the Minutemen menu tab to learn how AmericaAgain! Minutemen can lead their State legislatures to perform their duty under Article I, Section 8, Clauses 15 and 16 -- and how AmericaAgain! Minutemen Affiliates can better prepare the citizen for that duty, until the State legislatures get up to speed.
In just months, we can number in the millions -- and we can control our national discussion from now on because we have the black-letter Article I, Section 8 as well as the Second Amendment, on our side. This is the highest law in America, people! Congress has no power to make laws in violation of it!
Americans have never been more ready to take our lives back, and AmericaAgain! is the weapon we've needed to do it.
This year, We The People turn the tables. We cut Washington DC, political parties, and the government-owned media out of our lives. We make history as the world watches. We do this not by using arms -- but by using brains.
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