Part 1

Here in Carson City we had the biggest crowd yet in a few years — a great variety of many many people whom I’ve not seen before; even a few local dignitaries.

It looked like people were holding up nothing but home-made signs, most of them original and very clever. Some that were different from the expectable fare said something like “nobody ever raped a .38” (it rhymes, too, sort of); a quote from Hitler about how we’ll all be safer without guns; and one that the owner actually held facing himself, not the street, said he is now “illegal in NY.” Another protestor looked like he was bragging; his sign was a silhouette target with tight shot groups in five or six vital areas of the body. You DON’T want to mess with that guy. A woman’s sign proclaimed that she is “shooting like a girl” above the tight shot group in her target.

It seemed like half the cars driving past have honked for us — some of them leaning on the horn for the entire length of the street — or flashed thumbs up. I saw exactly ONE middle finger.

Several people brought their guns. I saw an AK-47 with folding stock, an AR-15 copy, both with 30-round magazines; a variety of pistols, again with high capacity clips, holstered on the belt or slung low on the hip. I did not see a single revolver (they hold only six rounds…).

It was a gloriously beautiful sunny winter day, barely above freezing, with a refreshing breeze swirling from this way or another. I decided to walk home, with my Gadsden flag on the shoulder. Yes, I got several more approving honks and thumbs up along the way. But somehow I scared the heck out of a cartoonishly stereotypical Mexican in the car wash on the corner… I stepped into view just as he was looking up for something, and what he saw was …me. Well, I get frightened too when I am surprised by my reflection in a store front window, but dammit, be here legally like all those tens of millions who came here legally before you, and you won’t have to live in fear in a FREE country…

Yes, it was a glorious day. All those people coming out to demonstrate FOR something. The last time we gathered here was to celebrate Nevada’s admission to the Union, but before that, we protested AGAINST tax hikes and obamacare.

But no, deep down the awful truth is that it was a TRAGIC day. Can you imagine what a TRAVESTY it is that the people have to PROTEST in SUPPORT of the CONSTITUTION, in these United States of America, because the GOVERNMENT is busy trampling on it???  — a government created by that Constitution to safeguard our rights, its every office holder, elected or appointed, having SWORN to SUPPORT it…!!! And the people have to gather in PROTEST AGAINST THEIR GOVERNMENT because that government is hell-bent on pushing us down the same road that has led every other civilization into the brutally bloody, blood thirsty tyranny of a totalitarian dictatorship. All in the name of our “safety,” of course….

After what my parents had lived through in Europe in the 1930s, 40s and 50s I would have never dreamed in my worst nightmare or theirs that my wife, my children and I would have to face the specter of the SAME thing here in AMERICA in my old age. History repeats itself but DAMMIT the founders of THIS great country gave us the greatest gift possible to make sure history does NOT repeat HERE — and we are in the grips of people intent on making sure it WILL.

We should have, we must have, rallies like this every day to make sure they fail in their evil endeavors.

Part 2

Thoughts worth pondering. Some were also on protest signs.

1. Those who hammer their guns into plows will plow for those who do not. – Thomas Jefferson
2. Those who trade liberty for security have neither. – John Adams
3. Free men do not ask permission to bear arms.
4. An armed man is a citizen. An unarmed man is a subject.
5. Only a government that is afraid of its citizens tries to control them.
6. Gun control is not about guns; it’s about control.
7. You only have the rights you are willing to fight for.
8. Know guns, know peace, know safety. No guns, no peace, no safety.
9. You don’t shoot to kill; you shoot to stay alive.
10. Assault is a behavior, not a device.
11. 64,999,987 firearms owners killed no one yesterday.
12. The United States Constitution (c) 1791. All Rights Reserved.
13. The Second Amendment is in place in case the politicians ignore the others.
14. What part of ‘shall not be infringed’ do you NOT understand?
15. Guns have only two enemies; rust and politicians.
16. When you remove the people’s right to bear arms, you create slaves.
17. The American Revolution would never have happened with gun control.
18. An armed society is a polite society.
19. I love this country, it’s the government I’m afraid of.
20. All tyranny needs to gain a foothold is for people of good conscience to remain silent. – Thomas Jefferson
21. When injustice becomes law, resistance becomes duty. – Thomas Jefferson

Isn’t is funny how the Left proclaimed the last three, so proudly and loudly in the era of the civil rights demonstrations, but now are acting as if it’s the worst think they ever heard because we use them on behalf of the most fundamental natural God-given right of all, the right of self defense? The worst thing we can do now is to quote Thomas Jefferson…

Part 3

A few of the signs carried in the Second Amendment demonstration yesterday made a comment on the latest NDAA and its many onerous provisions that have very little to do with national defense spending. One woman holding it advocated we support a bill in the legislature to exempt Nevada; to tell the feds, hell no, we won’t comply.

There are a few problems with this.

I saw no such bill listed among the pre-filed bills or bill draft requests. Maybe I am wrong. Maybe it will be introduced when the legislature opens its session next month.

In everything I ever read, it says federal law trumps state law. In this case, there can be little question about that because just the title, national defense authorization act, tells you it has to do with one of the specifically enumerated powers of the federal government. States don’t do national defense on their own (they get their National Guard “federalized”).

So the basis of any states’ rights challenge or exemption would have to be based on demonstrating, in court, that a specific provision has nothing to do with national defense. That is, the NDAA just like most bills in Congress is an “omnibus” bill, chuck full of “pork” and other stuff unrelated to its nominal purpose.

One of the precious few issues that have remained constant in time is the unwillingness of Congress to hold itself to single-issue bills (as I recall from my classes in history and political science, Congress “invented” the omnibus bill in the 1800s when they found themselves with too many bills to debate and too little time left to do it; and it became an instant hit with them), and another one is the reluctance of courts to entertain suits on matters of national defense, on which they prefer to defer to the President and Congress. The third one is, has a court ever made a ruling that closed an issue once and for all? They always leave a door ajar for more legal action later. There is no doubt about why that is; judges used to be lawyers, too.

This simple truth illustrated in my favorite lawyer anecdote. I’m sure you heard it before, so forgive me if I scramble the details. The young lawyer in the firm fell for the boss’s daughter, and eventually asks for his permission to marry her. The old guy says, first you have to prove that you have what it takes to support her in the style she is accustomed to. Here is a case that has vexed us for a long time. See what you can do about it. Eager to show off, the young lawyer studies the files, and in a few days comes back to proudly announce that he has worked out a settlement. Can I marry your daughter now? No. Why? Because this case has supported this firm for decades, and you blew it off in just three days. You are not smart enough to deserve my daughter.

So I ask again, can you name a single issue that the Court has settled once and for all? They always take new cases to further “clarify” an issue, but never to settle a single one. Slavery was abolished not by courts appealing to the Constitution, but by executive order, for military purposes in the middle of our bloodiest war, later reinforced by constitutional amendments — and the Court has been litigating “due process” and civil rights ever since. Education, busing, abortion, habeas corpus, free “speech,” church-and-state, obamacare, etc…? How many times has the Second Amendment been litigated? Has the Court ever ruled that the Bill of Rights, all ten amendments, mean precisely what they say, literally, definitively, permanently? Have they ever ruled to uphold the 9th and 10th Amendments? I can’t recall a single time. Have they ever ruled that the federal government has no powers beyond those enumerated in Article 1, Section 8, and that the enumerated powers are to be interpreted literally, not expansively? This one I know they never have. They invent new powers from emanations from the penumbras (google it), or go totally against the Constitution and common sense as John Roberts did to save obamacare; that is, always to expand federal power and always to expand the range of potential future litigation.

The price of liberty is eternal vigilance, but only because those who are charged with protecting it are too busy eroding it.

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