Friday, February 20, 2009

Paul Craig Roberts, Bill of Rights Under Fire

Rep. Bobby L. Rush (D, IL) has introduced the Blair Holt Firearm Licensing and
Record of Sale Act of 2009. As the British and Australians learned, once
firearms are registered, the government knows where they are. The government’s
next step is to confiscate the firearms.

Moreover, the Act would permit
the government to negate Second Amendment rights by refusing to issue a license.
Any parents who bequeathed family antique or historic firearms to heirs would be
in violation of the act, as it bans any transfer of a firearm other than via a
licensed dealer.

William Blackstone, the revered 18th century defender
of liberty whose Commentaries on the Laws of England was a bestseller in
colonial America, wrote that “the last auxiliary right” of free men is “having
arms for their defense.” Blackstone, England’s greatest jurist, said that the
right to bear arms enables the “natural right of resistance and
self-preservation, when the sanctions of society and laws are found insufficient
to restrain the violence of oppression.”

The Bush regime’s reversion to
medieval methods of incarceration and torture are an indication that we now live
in a time “when the sanctions of society and laws are found insufficient to
restrain the violence of oppression.” Why do the Democrats desire Americans to
be helpless in the face of oppression by the armed state. How can it be that
Democrats want Americans to be free from the threat of being thrown into
dungeons and locked away without a court ever hearing evidence, but are prepared
to deny Americans the ability to resist such horrendous treatment should it come
their way?

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