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Monday, January 14, 2013

Judge Andrew Napolitano on the Right to Bear Arms

Judge Andrew Napolitano, in an article in the Washington Post, gave a history lesson on the right to bear arms. It's not about hunting, it's about the right of citizens to defend themselves against tyrants. Can anyone doubt that our government has crossed the line into tyranny? When a sitting president gives himself the right to assassinate American citizens without trial or even judicial review, accountable to no one if he says the citizen is a "terrorist," what is left? (Even the New York Times took umbrage in an editorial.) As a pro-life activist, I might very well be on the government's list of "domestic terrorists" even though my biggest "crime" was being chained to an operating table in an abortion mill. So I am concerned about giving the right to any president to decide that some citizen he doesn't like is a terrorist deserving assassination. I am particularly concerned because liberals tend to think of, and often call, those who disagree with them terrorists and other names too vile to mention.

I recommend Judge Napolitano's entire article, but here's a taste:
The historical reality of the Second Amendment’s protection of the right to keep and bear arms is not that it protects the right to shoot deer. It protects the right to shoot tyrants, and it protects the right to shoot at them effectively, with the same instruments they would use upon us. If the Jews in the Warsaw ghetto had had the firepower and ammunition that the Nazis had, some of Poland might have stayed free and more persons would have survived the Holocaust. 
Most people in government reject natural rights and personal sovereignty. Most people in government believe that the exercise of everyone’s rights is subject to the will of those in the government. Most people in government believe that they can write any law and regulate any behavior, not subject to the natural law, not subject to the sovereignty of individuals, not cognizant of history’s tyrants, but subject only to what they can get away with.

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