New patches for the California State Militia 31stFF will be readily avaliable they are not going to be posted on the web for good reason as agents may steal the patches to bring discredit the militia .If a patch is needed you must prove that your a Constitutional Militia Unit and not party of a private army system
Alert Warning False Flags attack to take place at the superbowl Sunday Feb 2 2014-All Militia be ON the Alert and be ready to receive Combat Orders from the State Commander -read below
Another Moses Has Died by Chuck Baldwin, January 16, 2014
Another Moses Has Died
By Chuck Baldwin
January 16, 2014
This column is archived here.The liberty movement lost another one of its patriarchs last Saturday. My friend, Jack McLamb, passed away. Without a doubt, Jack was one of the staunchest allies that liberty and constitutional government ever had. He was doing it and saying it a long time before most of us were even thinking about it. Jack was top shelf, one of the best. He will not be easily replaced.
Jack McLamb was a retired Phoenix, Arizona, police officer. He is still today the most decorated policeman in the State of Arizona. And just about every time that Jack would reference that honor, he would add, “I was also the most fired.” I think he was more proud of the second distinction than the first.Jack McLamb was the originator of the “Officer Friendly” program where policemen would visit schoolchildren in the classroom. He was an Arizona Regional Police Academy Instructor and a hostage negotiator for the FBI. He was the publisher of “Aid & Abet” newsletter, and president of The American Citizens & Lawmen Association. He was also the author of Operation Vampire Killer 2000, which, in many respects, was years ahead of its time. Jack was an Oath Keeper and before Oath Keepers came along, Jack headed a national organization called Military and Police Against The New World Order. He was also a Vietnam veteran.
To see a sampling of the numerous honors bestowed upon Jack McLamb and the many positions, assignments, and activities in which he was involved, go here:Jack McLamb--Police & Military Against The New World Order
Not only was Jack McLamb a man of the utmost honesty and integrity, he was absolutely fearless. Whether the criminals were drug dealers or government officials (yes, sometimes those two are one and the same), Jack McLamb was willing to confront them both. He is the only notable law enforcement officer I can remember who was willing to come to the public defense of Gordon Kahl, a man who I believe (and so did Jack) was murdered by the government--all of the government’s accusations against Mr. Kahl notwithstanding.In fact, Jack spent seven years trying to get Mr. Kahl’s body exhumed so it could be examined by an independent forensic pathologist in order to prove the government murdered him.
In private, Jack was an extremely polite, quiet, and respectful gentleman. Quite frankly, I do not know if I have ever met a nicer man. Though we communicated with each other from time to time, the last time I actually saw Jack was in 2008 at the National Mall in Washington, D.C., where both he and I spoke at a giant Ron Paul rally in front of 25,000 people. I could tell his body was wearing down from the serious injuries he had received in the line of duty, but he still had that same gleam in his eye and smile on his face that he always had. What a guy!Howard Phillips. Charley Reese. Jack McLamb. We are losing too many a Moses.
I found out about Jack’s passing last Saturday evening. He had passed away earlier that same day. My heart was so heavy that I prepared a special message honoring Jack McLamb. I delivered that message last Sunday afternoon to the people of Liberty Fellowship. I believe this message needs to be heard by all of my brothers and sisters in the greater patriot family. I invite readers to watch the archived video of that message. The title of the message is “Moses My Servant Is Dead; Now Therefore Arise” from Joshua chapter one. To watch the message, go here:“Moses My Servant Is Dead; Now Therefore Arise”
Jack McLamb is among an elite few who have been on the front lines of the freedom fight longer than most people even knew there was a freedom fight. He, like the rest of us, had to prove the sincerity of his convictions by paying a heavy price for his place at the front. Thankfully, there are still many such men with us. Should I attempt to list them now, I might commit sacrilege by unwittingly omitting one of them, so I will refrain from the temptation. If you are awake, you already know who many of them are. If you are new to the freedom fight, just know that you are walking in the footsteps of giants.I consider myself among the youngest (and the least) of these patriot fathers. It is extremely difficult to see them go. These are the men and women who, humanly speaking, have thus far saved our republic. Without them, our country would have already slipped over the precipice into abject tyranny.
The clarion call now is for hundreds, and, yes, thousands of Joshuas to “arise, go over this Jordan.” (Joshua 1:2) After all that Moses did for the children of Israel, he never got to personally lead them into the Promised Land. Heroes such as Jack McLamb, likewise, didn’t live to see their people delivered from the shackles of the globalists and socialists that currently infest this land. I might not live to see it either. No matter! The legacy they have left will live forever.A personal observation is fitting at this point: I can say with absolute certainty that the level of awareness regarding the principles of liberty and constitutional government is higher today than it has been in my entire adult life. Without any semblance of hyperbole, I can assure you that there are far more people awake and aware today than in 2008 when I was travelling the length and breadth of America as the Constitution Party’s nominee for President. FAR MORE!
I believe we are in the beginning throes of a revival of liberty the likes of which has not been seen since the days of Washington and Jefferson. Unfortunately, this is not due to much help from America’s pulpits. Unlike the Colonial pulpit, the American pulpit today is the biggest reason why our people are asleep. Instead of being a force for liberty and freedom, most pulpits are the major source of sheepishness and servitude.No, it hasn’t been America’s pulpits that have spawned this revival of liberty. It has been men such as Jack McLamb. God will not allow the voice of liberty to be silent. If His shepherds will not lift their voices as a trumpet, God will raise up voices from other quarters to sound the alarm. Thankfully, God is not dependent upon preachers--for anything. Time and again, the Lord God bypassed the majority of preachers to raise up men outside the camp to thunder forth the call for liberty. And that is exactly what God is doing today.
Men who are stuck in, or enamored with, traditionalism, conventionalism, and materialism are being replaced with daring, courageous champions of truth who are raising a standard outside the traditional and the conventional. Institutional men today are mostly part of the problem. Many, if not most, of our historic institutions today resemble cages more than they do lighthouses. The Church, especially.Let me speak plainly: the 501c3 establishment church is dead! It is a rotting corpse filled with dead men’s bones. And those who have ears to hear the truth are leaving these tombs by the droves. And not a minute too soon. The liberties of our country are hanging by the thinnest of threads. And until the pulpits of America have a Damascus Road experience that awakens them to the truth that they are personally contributing to the enslavement of the church, in much the same way that Saul of Tarsus contributed to the enslavement of the early church, God will continue to raise up courageous champions from every quarter of society to be His watchmen. Jack McLamb was one of those watchmen.
Yes, we lost another Moses. But I am confident that I am addressing hundreds, if not thousands, of people right now whom God is calling to be a modern-day Joshua. To many of you who are reading this column right now, God is saying, “Arise, go over this Jordan.”No, Jack McLamb cannot be replaced; but he can be followed. The enemies of freedom are hoping that the passing of all of the Jack McLambs out there will be the end of all of this rabble-rousing talk of liberty. But they are in for a rude awakening. I am convinced that with the passing of every Moses, God will raise up ten Joshuas.
Come on, Joshua. Lead your people once again to the Promised Land. Another Moses is gone. And soon we will lose another Moses--and another. The “children of the free” need a Joshua as much as they needed a Moses. Arise, oh Joshua, go over this Jordan!P.S. If you would like to send a card or letter to Jack’s wife, here is her postal address:
P.O. Box 627
Poseyville, Indiana 47633
(c) Chuck Baldwin
I have something to say: NO Patriots should involve themselves with Minutemen XXX. They are not a Constitutional Militia. A real Constitutional Militia does not create Tri-State Units nor do they advocate pre strike attacks. We are re-active and defensive, not pro-active, as per the Constitution. The idea that people elect themselves "Majors" or "Colonels"; while it's taken me 20 years to be appointed as a State Commander. My rank I have held as a Major, has been close to 15 years. With that said, my upgrade in rank, which will come as a result of an appointment by an Advisory Committee is just that these 'so called' MinutemenXXX and may be Agent Provacateurs, Double Agents, willing to entrap good Patriots. If one was to conduct operations, in defense of the Constitution, in a re-active situation, those of us that are actual, legitimate officers of the Militia, in our respective states, would not and do not put operational plans on Facebook, or anywhere else on the Internet. This is plain stupid and these MinutemenXXX are going to get people killed or arrested, needlessly. I have already spoken with Units of Arizona Militia, where so called regional Commander Captain King lives. He will be receiving a visit from elements of the Arizona Militia, expressing, not only their dis pleasure, but mine, as the California State Commander. I want to re iterate: PATRIOTS: Do Not have anything to do with MinutemenXXX; they are dangerous. They are an illegal, private Army.
This is a public notice of Disavow of anything Minutemen XXX attempts to do in a preemptive way. This public notice is in response to the series of threats that were made public the 31st Field Forces Headquarters -California State Militia The Constitutional Militia in California as a whole cannot and will not support this in anyway shape or form politically as well as Militarly -This notice will be placed publicly on the actual Headquarters website thank you. They used t5o be know as the American Freedom Fighters And was Connected to third Continental that went rougue inthe 90s a whole bunch of people were arrested and given prison sentences as the result of these actions these are leopards with spots of a different color.
ALERT see INTELLIGENCE SECTION 1
UN Observers on American Soil
Militia Deployment Alert -Due to worsening political situation in the United States and other intelligence received 31st FF Alpha Detachment is on alert status all unit members should begin preparing for deployment and be in contact with the unit commander every couple of days a 48 hour deployment notice could be issued at any time due to some kind of situation on the US mainland
MILITIA ALERT - we have obtained intelligence that has been confirmed
AN OFFICIAL ALERT IS BEING SENT OUT TO ALL TEAM MEMBERS
AS OF ONE 1 WEEK AGO WE HAD RECIEVED NOTIFICATION ELEMENTS OF A RUSSIAN PARATROOP UNIT WILL BE PARACHUTING INTO COLORADO AND UTAH HITTING 4 LOCATIONS SIMUTANEOUSLY . THIS A " TRAINING EXERCISE WITH US MILITARY INVOLVEMENT"THEY WILL BE STAGING AT A LOCAL MILITARY BASE IN COLORADO THE TAKING OFF IN PLANES THEY WILL PARACHUTING AND TAKING CONTROL OF DENVER AIRPORT EFFECTIVELY SHUTTING THAT AIRPORT DOWN, THEN THE ELEMENT WILL BE TAKING CONTROL OF THE CIA MAINFRAME IN DENVER AND THE NSA MAINFRAME IN BLUFFDALE UTAH AS WELL AS TAKING CONTROL OF COLORADO SPRINGS ,COLORADO
FOR A FULL BRIEFING YOU MAY CONTACT MAJOR HUNT
WE CURRENTLY ARE LOOKING FOR INTELLIGENCE ASSETS THAT ARE ABLE TO GET INTO AREA FOR EYES ON THE GROUND IN THE 4 LOCATIONS..
Nuclear Explosion - Japan
See medical Alert
Congress lady Gabrielle Gifford was shot and hit in the head by a shooter or shooters along with a federal Judge who was killed We of the 31st Field Forces Alpha Unit Medical condemned this action in the strongest
terms available No legitimate operating Militia had anything to do with This
We may not agree or like certain things we may wind up seeing some kind of internal conflict but we do not start things nor do we shoot at or kill unarmed people ,we are not in the habit of hurting people like this. Our hearts go out to the families of the dead and injured.
Recently a national commanders conference was held with a guy by the name of TIM TURNER who claims to be the president of the restored united states of America he has selected already his cabinet and governor for each state with out a vote from the American people the commanders confrence which took place in Kentuckey left a lot of Militia officers Pissed off at this guy for good measure Mr Turner is planning a preemptive strike to replace our current system of government which would be unconstitutional for him to do so .Calling himself president and the measures he has taken is nothing Short Of TREASON
No legitimate Militia will support such a disaster undertaking we Are defensive in nature we dont start wars or civil conflict .
THIS UNIT 31ST FIELD FORCES ALPHA UNIT MEDICAL OPERATION
will not offer support or aide in the treasonous subversive activity of Mr TIM TURNER in fact if any Militia find you you will be arrested on the spot and turned over to the county sheriff and local authorities
see below the links connected to mr turner
I spoke with General Norm Olsen, founder of Michigan Militia, tonight over the telephone. He called me on the Tim Turner situation and agrees with me: this guy is: 1) up to no good, 2) very dangerous and needs to be stopped before something bad happens . Apparently, some of his guys had contact with Mr. Turner and had a lot of questions about him .
The General, now Commander of Alaska Militia, has asked me to remind everyone a few things. He told me I could give you guys the gist of our conversation using his name
in these simple truths.
1 "We are defensive in nature; we are reactive, not proactive in our Militia operations."
"We act when we are attacked, not before."
2. "Don't let this guy get you or your units into a disastrous political coup attempt."
3."They tried things with Waco, Ruby Ridge, OKC and 911; now they may be trying to push a political coup."
"For Arizona Citizen Militia fighting on the border: 'My hat goes off to you guys;
my hopes and prayers are with you." "Keep up the good fight; keep the faith."
He also further stated to me that he would help wherever he could; in finding out more about this Mr Tim Turner and his whereabouts.
The General also asked me to remind everyone that most Militia are essentially poor; don't get sucked in with a lot of money and promises to buy you expensive weapons, etc;
he believes that's how Hatari went down; possibly this Mr. Turner funded weapons, as well as illegal devices and also possibly funded the mole to take Hatari down. He believes this may be the case; but is not sure.
I have also put out a disavow message on my website; condemning the unconstitutional action of Mr Turner; all legitimate Militia are recommended to do the same by General Norm Olsen.
B Hunt Commander
31st field Forces Alpha Unit Medical
Welcome to our sister unit 31st Field Forces Delta Squad Medical
they are located in Northern California,
and getting this unit up to speed medically, to respond into the field
The above log is our new unit patch soon to be found on our equipment and and uniforms this patch is showing our unit pride that we are a unit of tactical medics
An Alert warning is being issued 31st Field Forces ALPHA UNIT Is now again accepting donation so we may respond to a foreign threat on our border shots have been fired in Arizona Involving Militia Forces and the Foreign threat.
For more Information go to www.acm.org
As you may know, the Arizona Citizens Militia will conduct a large
Joint Mission along the southern Arizona border this Fall. What
you may not know is that the mission start date was moved up to
late July, so that mission is already underway. We have tactical
teams in the field right now, conducting Recon and Combat Patrols
against the armed, uniformed foreign military troops that have been
crossing into Arizona in support of the mexican drug cartels'
Operation Defiant Sentinel will run until at least early November.
If you are interested in participating individually, or as a unit,
please sign up for a Free or Premium account at
http://www.hushmail.com. We use Hushmail because it offers us
secure, encrypted messaging. When you sign up for Hushmail, please
try to make your account name match your radio callsign, so that we
can keep track of "who's who". Please use that new Hushmail
account to contact me at this address.
The Arizona Citizens Militia will conduct another Leaders Recon of
the Pima Area of Operations and Forward Operating Bases 9 - 13
September. We are inviting all outside state Militia groups to
send representatives, to see for yourselves what the situation on
our southern border looks like, and what the ACM is doing to
counter that threat.
Please visit our website at http://www.arizonamilitia.com for more
information. I look forward to hearing back from you.
"Qui Desiderat Pacem Preparaet Bellum"
Let Him Who Desires Peace Prepare for War
THE UNIT IS BEING UPGRADED TO DELTA PRIOR TO MOBILIZATION
WE WILL BE CONDUCTING A RECON AND MEETING WITH OTHER CALIF UNITS IN THE BORDER REGION OF SAN DIEGO PRIOR TO POSSIBLE DEPLOYMENT TO ARIZONA. ANOTHER COMMANDERS CONF IS SET FOR AZ
CA State Militia 31st Field Force
31st F.F. Alpha Detachment (Medical)
A new report circulating in the Kremlin today prepared for Prime Minister Putin by Director Anatoly Perminov of the Russian Federal Space Agency states that an Arkon-1 military satellite monitoring the western coastal regions of North America detected an “EMP anomalous event” occurring on November 8th at 0600 Pacific Standard Time (-8 hours GMT) that bore the “direct signature” of a YJ-62 subsonic anti-ship missile fired from a Chinese People’s Liberation Navy Type 041 submarine (NATO code name Yuan-Class) [photo 2nd left] known to be patrolling approximately 200 kilometers off United States coast.
Nearly 11 hours after this EMP “event”, this report further says, Arkon-1 then detected a BGM-109 (Tomahawk) subsonic cruise missile launched from a US Navy Ohio-Class submarine operating off the coast of California [photo bottom left] on a “training mission” from its home port located at US Navy’s Kitsap Base in Washington State and was enroute to the largest American Naval Base on the US west coast in San Diego, California.
Note: A Russian military intelligence (GRU) addendum to this report states that the “training mission” the Ohio-Class submarine was on is related to a new US law passed this year allowing for the first time in history for women to serve on US Navy subs and was an “operational exercise” testing female Naval Officers competence prior to their first “operational deployment”.
The “immediate effect” of the Chinese Navy’s firing of their EMP missile, this report continues, was the “catastrophic crippling” of the US based cruise ship Carnival Splendor [photo 3rd left] that stranded its nearly 4,500 passengers and crew in a “dead in the water” boat and prompting the Americans to send the US Navy’s Ronald Reagan aircraft carrier, warplanes, and supply aircraft to protect it from further attack after all of its electronic systems were destroyed.
An electromagnetic pulse (EMP) such as was used upon the Carnival Splendor is a burst of electromagnetic radiation that causes rapidly changing electric fields (or magnetic fields) that when coupling with electrical/electronic systems produces damaging current and voltage surges destroying all non-hardened electrical systems.
The US Naval Surface Warfare Center (NSWC) had previously warned that American ships were vulnerable to such attacks with EMP Assessment Group Leader of Blaise Corbett stating that “the consequences of failing to take appropriate precautions to protect fleet mission critical systems can ultimately prove catastrophic to the Navy’s mission.”
The purpose of this Chinese EMP upon an American ship, this report says, was twofold: 1.) A test of the EMP weapon itself that in a war against the Americans and would be used against their Naval Fleet and Marine Forces operating out of California and the west coast of the US, and 2.) A test of the response time for American retaliatory measures against any Chinese warship attacking the US and/or its interests in the Pacific.
The GRU further states that the timing of this attack was timed even more crucially due to China’s testing of America’s response time during a period when their President, as Commander In Chief of all US Military Forces, was out of the country, as Obama was as he was in India at the time.
The Americans response time of nearly 11 hours between the EMP attack on the Carnival Splendor and the US retaliatory strike, the GRU states, “virtually assured” that the Chinese submarine responsible for the attack escaped, but which they further point out may have been intended by the Americans so as not to escalate this crisis.
To the geo-political reason(s) for a Communist Chinese attack upon the Americans just days before the crucially important G-20 Summit in South Korea, which both President’s Hu and Obama will be attending, this report says was due to the United States, in essence, declaring total economic war upon the rest of the world by its printing of nearly $1 Trillion US Dollars in order to monetize its staggering debt and that China warned:
“If the United States can increase the volume of dollars and it can transmit inflation to other countries to lessen the pressure of debt, then it will bring about a catastrophic influence on the world.”
Typical of the United States propaganda media organs in telling their citizens about the true events relating to this crisis, it as if they have put themselves in total Cold War mode reminiscent of the 1940’s to the late 1980’s when they, likewise, failed to inform them of the many incidents or US Soldier deaths related to that conflict.
Most dangerous about the American people not being informed of the true and tragic state of our world today is their not being able to prepare for the much larger conflicts to come, especially in light of China’s Communists vowing that they won’t go down without a fight. A fight, mind you, that now appears not only a sure thing, but imminent.
Militia Defense Condition
SEE THE UN HELMET BELOW This is what will happen if these troops come here in response to border problems or any situation on American soil you will be put down period .
This is also a warning to this Administration or any Administration try to put UN on American soil in support of your globalist programs we will will send them home in body bags
THESE TROOPS ARE UN - CONSTITUTIONAL Period
Enough said don't go to Arizona instead go home dont go to Mexico the patriots ezln-zapatistas will put you down as well disobey your masters and go home stay alive
Protecting the Second Amendment – Why all Americans Should Be Concerned
We are current or former Army Reserve, National Guard, and active duty US Army Special Forces soldiers (Green Berets). We have all taken an oath to “…support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same.…” The Constitution of the United States is without a doubt the single greatest document in the history of mankind, codifying the fundamental principle of governmental power and authority being derived from and granted through the consent of the governed. Our Constitution established a system of governance that preserves, protects, and holds sacrosanct the individual rights and primacy of the governed as well as providing for the explicit protection of the governed from governmental tyranny and/or oppression. We have witnessed the insidious and iniquitous effects of tyranny and oppression on people all over the world. We and our forebears have embodied and personified our organizational motto, De Oppresso Liber [To Free the Oppressed], for more than a half century as we have fought, shed blood, and died in the pursuit of freedom for the oppressed.
Like you, we are also loving and caring fathers and grandfathers. Like you, we have been stunned, horrified, and angered by the tragedies of Columbine, Virginia Tech, Aurora, Fort Hood, and Sandy Hook; and like you, we are searching for solutions to the problem of gun-related crimes in our society. Many of us are educators in our second careers and have a special interest to find a solution to this problem. However, unlike much of the current vox populi reactions to this tragedy, we offer a different perspective.
First, we need to set the record straight on a few things. The current debate is over so-called “assault weapons” and high capacity magazines. The terms “assault weapon” and “assault rifle” are often confused. According to Bruce H. Kobayashi and Joseph E. Olson, writing in the Stanford Law and Policy Review, “Prior to 1989, the term ‘assault weapon’ did not exist in the lexicon of firearms. It is a political term [underline added for emphasis], developed by anti-gun publicists to expand the category of assault rifles.”
The M4A1 carbine is a U.S. military service rifle – it is an assault rifle. The AR-15 is not an assault rifle. The “AR” in its name does not stand for “Assault Rifle” – it is the designation from the first two letters of the manufacturer’s name – ArmaLite Corporation. The AR-15 is designed so that it cosmetically looks like the M4A1 carbine assault rifle, but it is impossible to configure the AR-15 to be a fully automatic assault rifle. It is a single shot semi-automatic rifle that can fire between 45 and 60 rounds per minute depending on the skill of the operator. The M4A1 can fire up to 950 rounds per minute. In 1986, the federal government banned the import or manufacture of new fully automatic firearms for sale to civilians. Therefore, the sale of assault rifles are already banned or heavily restricted!
The second part of the current debate is over “high capacity magazines” capable of holding more than 10 rounds in the magazine. As experts in military weapons of all types, it is our considered opinion that reducing magazine capacity from 30 rounds to 10 rounds will only require an additional 6 -8 seconds to change two empty 10 round magazines with full magazines. Would an increase of 6 –8 seconds make any real difference to the outcome in a mass shooting incident? In our opinion it would not. Outlawing such “high capacity magazines” would, however, outlaw a class of firearms that are “in common use”. As such this would be in contravention to the opinion expressed by the U.S. Supreme Court recent decisions.
Moreover, when the Federal Assault Weapons Ban became law in 1994, manufacturers began retooling to produce firearms and magazines that were compliant. One of those ban-compliant firearms was the Hi-Point 995, which was sold with ten-round magazines. In 1999, five years into the Federal Assault Weapons Ban, the Columbine High School massacre occurred. One of the perpetrators, Eric Harris, was armed with a Hi-Point 995. Undeterred by the ten-round capacity of his magazines, Harris simply brought more of them: thirteen magazines would be found in the massacre’s aftermath. Harris fired 96 rounds before killing himself.
Now that we have those facts straight, in our opinion, it is too easy to conclude that the problem is guns and that the solution to the problem is more and stricter gun control laws. For politicians, it is politically expedient to take that position and pass more gun control laws and then claim to constituents that they have done the right thing in the interest of protecting our children. Who can argue with that? Of course we all want to find a solution. But, is the problem really guns? Would increasing gun regulation solve the problem? Did we outlaw cars to combat drunk driving?
What can we learn from experiences with this issue elsewhere? We cite the experience in Great Britain. Despite the absence of a “gun culture”, Great Britain, with one-fifth the population of the U.S., has experienced mass shootings that are eerily similar to those we have experienced in recent years. In 1987 a lone gunman killed 18 people in Hungerford. What followed was the Firearms Act of 1988 making registration mandatory and banning semi-automatic guns and pump-action shotguns. Despite this ban, on March 13, 1996 a disturbed 43-year old former scout leader, Thomas Hamilton, murdered 16 school children aged five and six and a teacher at a primary school in Dunblane, Scotland. Within a year and a half the Firearms Act was amended to ban all private ownership of hand guns. After both shootings there were amnesty periods resulting in the surrender of thousands of firearms and ammunition. Despite having the toughest gun control laws in the world, gun related crimes increased in 2003 by 35% over the previous year with firearms used in 9,974 recorded crimes in the preceding 12 months. Gun related homicides were up 32% over the same period. Overall, gun related crime had increased 65% since the Dunblane massacre and implementation of the toughest gun control laws in the developed world. In contrast, in 2009 (5 years after the Federal Assault Weapons Ban expired) total firearm related homicides in the U.S. declined by 9% from the 2005 high (Source: “FBI Uniform Crime Reporting Master File, Table 310, Murder Victims – Circumstances and Weapons Used or Cause of Death: 2000-2009”).
Are there unintended consequences to stricter gun control laws and the politically expedient path that we have started down?
In a recent op-ed piece in the San Francisco Chronicle, Brett Joshpe stated that “Gun advocates will be hard-pressed to explain why the average American citizen needs an assault weapon with a high-capacity magazine other than for recreational purposes.”We agree with Kevin D. Williamson (National Review Online, December 28, 2012): “The problem with this argument is that there is no legitimate exception to the Second Amendment right that excludes military-style weapons, because military-style weapons are precisely what the Second Amendment guarantees our right to keep and bear.”
“The purpose of the Second Amendment is to secure our ability to oppose enemies foreign and domestic, a guarantee against disorder and tyranny. Consider the words of Supreme Court Justice Joseph Story”: ‘The importance of this article will scarcely be doubted by any persons, who have duly reflected upon the subject. The militia is the natural defense of a free country against sudden foreign invasions, domestic insurrections, and domestic usurpations of power by rulers. It is against sound policy for a free people to keep up large military establishments and standing armies in time of peace, both from the enormous expenses, with which they are attended, and the facile means, which they afford to ambitious and unprincipled rulers, to subvert the government, or trample upon the rights of the people. The right of the citizens to keep and bear arms has justly been considered, as the palladium of the liberties of a republic; since it offers a strong moral check against the usurpation and arbitrary power of rulers; and will generally, even if these are successful in the first instance, enable the people to resist and triumph over them.’
The Second Amendment has been ruled to specifically extend to firearms “in common use” by the military by the U.S. Supreme Court ruling in U.S. v Miller (1939). In Printz v U.S. (1997) Justice Thomas wrote: “In Miller we determined that the Second Amendment did not guarantee a citizen’s right to possess a sawed-off shot gun because that weapon had not been shown to be “ordinary military equipment” that could “could contribute to the common defense”.
A citizen’s right to keep and bear arms for personal defense unconnected with service in a militia has been reaffirmed in the U.S. Supreme Court decision (District of Columbia, et al. v Heller, 2008). The Court Justice Scalia wrote in the majority opinion: “The Second Amendment protects an individual right to possess a firearm unconnected with service in a militia, and to use that arm for traditionally lawful purposes, such as self-defense within the home.“. Justice Scalia went on to define a militia as “… comprised all males physically capable of acting in concert for the common defense ….”
“The Anti-Federalists feared that the Federal Government would disarm the people in order to disable this citizens’ militia, enabling a politicized standing army or a select militia to rule. The response was to deny Congress power to abridge the ancient right of individuals to keep and bear arms, so that the ideal of a citizens’ militia would be preserved.” he explained.
On September 13, 1994, the Federal Assault Weapons Ban went into effect. A Washington Post editorial published two days later was candid about the ban’s real purpose:“[N]o one should have any illusions about what was accomplished [by the ban]. Assault weapons play a part in only a small percentage of crime. The provision is mainly symbolic; its virtue will be if it turns out to be, as hoped, a stepping stone to broader gun control.”
In a challenge to the authority of the Federal government to require State and Local Law Enforcement to enforce Federal Law (Printz v United States) the U.S. Supreme Court rendered a decision in 1997. For the majority opinion Justice Scalia wrote: “…. this Court never has sanctioned explicitly a federal command to the States to promulgate and enforce laws and regulations When we were at last confronted squarely with a federal statute that unambiguously required the States to enact or administer a federal regulatory program, our decision should have come as no surprise….. It is an essential attribute of the States’ retained sovereignty that they remain independent and autonomous within their proper sphere of authority.”
So why should non-gun owners, a majority of Americans, care about maintaining the 2nd Amendment right for citizens to bear arms of any kind?
The answer is “The Battle of Athens, TN”. The Cantrell family had controlled the economy and politics of McMinn County, Tennessee since the 1930s. Paul Cantrell had been Sheriff from 1936 -1940 and in 1942 was elected to the State Senate. His chief deputy, Paul Mansfield, was subsequently elected to two terms as Sheriff. In 1946 returning WWII veterans put up a popular candidate for Sheriff. On August 1 Sheriff Mansfield and 200 “deputies” stormed the post office polling place to take control of the ballot boxes wounding an objecting observer in the process. The veterans bearing military style weapons, laid siege to the Sheriff’s office demanding return of the ballot boxes for public counting of the votes as prescribed in Tennessee law. After exchange of gun fire and blowing open the locked doors, the veterans secured the ballot boxes thereby protecting the integrity of the election. And this is precisely why all Americans should be concerned about protecting all of our right to keep and bear arms as guaranteed by the Second Amendment!
Throughout history, disarming the populace has always preceded tyrants’ accession of power. Hitler, Stalin, and Mao all disarmed their citizens prior to installing their murderous regimes. At the beginning of our own nation’s revolution, one of the first moves made by the British government was an attempt to disarm our citizens. When our Founding Fathers ensured that the 2nd Amendment was made a part of our Constitution, they were not just wasting ink. They were acting to ensure our present security was never forcibly endangered by tyrants, foreign or domestic.
If there is a staggering legal precedent to protect our 2nd Amendment right to keep and bear arms and if stricter gun control laws are not likely to reduce gun related crime, why are we having this debate? Other than making us and our elected representatives feel better because we think that we are doing something to protect our children, these actions will have no effect and will only provide us with a false sense of security.
So, what do we believe will be effective? First, it is important that we recognize that this is not a gun control problem; it is a complex sociological problem. No single course of action will solve the problem. Therefore, it is our recommendation that a series of diverse steps be undertaken, the implementation of which will require patience and diligence to realize an effect. These are as follows:
1. First and foremost we support our Second Amendment right in that “A well regulated militia being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed”.
2. We support State and Local School Boards in their efforts to establish security protocols in whatever manner and form that they deem necessary and adequate. One of the great strengths of our Republic is that State and Local governments can be creative in solving problems. Things that work can be shared. Our point is that no one knows what will work and there is no one single solution, so let’s allow the State and Local governments with the input of the citizens to make the decisions. Most recently the Cleburne Independent School District will become the first district in North Texas to consider allowing some teachers to carry concealed guns. We do not opine as to the appropriateness of this decision, but we do support their right to make this decision for themselves.
3. We recommend that Assisted Outpatient Treatment (AOT) laws be passed in every State. AOT is formerly known as Involuntary Outpatient Commitment (IOC) and allows the courts to order certain individuals with mental disorders to comply with treatment while living in the community. In each of the mass shooting incidents the perpetrator was mentally unstable. We also believe that people who have been adjudicated as incompetent should be simultaneously examined to determine whether they should be allowed the right to retain/purchase firearms.
4. We support the return of firearm safety programs to schools along the lines of the successful “Eddie the Eagle” program, which can be taught in schools by Peace Officers or other trained professionals.
5. Recent social psychology research clearly indicates that there is a direct relationship between gratuitously violent movies/video games and desensitization to real violence and increased aggressive behavior particularly in children and young adults (See Nicholas L. Carnagey, et al. 2007. “The effect of video game violence on physiological desensitization to real-life violence” and the references therein. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology 43:489-496). Therefore, we strongly recommend that gratuitous violence in movies and video games be discouraged. War and war-like behavior should not be glorified. Hollywood and video game producers are exploiting something they know nothing about. General Sherman famously said “War is Hell!” Leave war to the Professionals. War is not a game and should not be “sold” as entertainment to our children.
6. We support repeal of the Gun-Free School Zones Act of 1990. This may sound counter-intuitive, but it obviously isn’t working. It is our opinion that “Gun-Free Zones” anywhere are too tempting of an environment for the mentally disturbed individual to inflict their brand of horror with little fear of interference. While governmental and non-governmental organizations, businesses, and individuals should be free to implement a Gun-Free Zone if they so choose, they should also assume Tort liability for that decision.
7. We believe that border states should take responsibility for implementation of border control laws to prevent illegal shipments of firearms and drugs. Drugs have been illegal in this country for a long, long time yet the Federal Government manages to seize only an estimated 10% of this contraband at our borders. Given this dismal performance record that is misguided and inept (“Fast and Furious”), we believe that border States will be far more competent at this mission.
8. This is our country, these are our rights. We believe that it is time that we take personal responsibility for our choices and actions rather than abdicate that responsibility to someone else under the illusion that we have done something that will make us all safer. We have a responsibility to stand by our principles and act in accordance with them. Our children are watching and they will follow the example we set.
The undersigned Quiet Professionals hereby humbly stand ever present, ever ready, and ever vigilant.