Today I’d like to talk a little more about guns and the ongoing loss of freedoms in general within the US and Oklahoma.
First of all, let’s set the record straight. The last part of the 2nd Amendment states “…shall not be infringed”. The definition of infringed is, according to the Free Legal Dictionary,
The encroachment, breach, or violation of a right, law, regulation, or contract. It seems to me that any law pertaining to arms, whether background check, license, registration, etc. is an infringement on the amendment.
Of course there is a remedy for this. It is called amending the Constitution. Now, the last time the social progressives tried doing that was with Prohibition. At least they did it right, with an amendment (18). After a while it became blatantly obvious, even to those do-gooders that Prohibition only drove what the people wanted underground. They finally cried “Uncle” and made another amendment (21), repealing the 18th. Using the logic that an amendment was needed to ban alcohol, doesn’t it seem reasonable that one would be needed to prohibit drugs. Didn’t happen and won’t. Why? Because it is too hard for them and not expedient (and there is too much money to be made in keeping it illegal).
Now, back to the 2nd Amendment.
Had each of the states kept its militia, would we be in the dire straights we are in? Would there have been a 16th or 17th Amendment? Would there have been an income tax? These are questions I have. Bringing the argument up-to-date…would it be difficult to nullify all of the unconstitutional garbage coming from Washington, DC? I say, no.
Our Oklahoma Constitution has a provision in it for a state militia. Article V, Section V-40 states that The Legislature shall provide for organizing, disciplining, arming, maintaining, and equipping the Militia of the State. Edwin Viera has written extensively about the militia and has recently completed an exhaustive reference on the subject.
A year or so ago I wrote a draft bill for our legislature to adopt that would re-institute the militia for Oklahoma. I have placed it in the Flash Widget box for you to review.
So, what is the first step to reclaiming our individual and state sovereignty? It is to follow the 2nd Amendment and the Oklahoma State Constitution by revitalizing the state militia. Only this will allow us to move forward in our struggle to regain the liberties we and our forefathers have lost.
In the next article, I will discuss the next step – nullification. If we don’t have a militia to give the nullification teeth, we might as well not waste breath. Not that we have to use it or cause a confrontation, it just needs to be available and visible. “Speak softly and carry a big stick.”