[note, this publication is dedicated to all of the “you had a good show until you revealed you were Catholic and Stopped covering history and the Constitution-Midder Church”.]
Mandeville, LA – NRA boosters and DeceptiCONS will be chortling about Kansas Governor Sam Brownback signing a bill that will allow concealed carrying of guns without any permits. The bill is hailed a “second amendment victory” because it legalizes “constitutional carry”. If only the people saying and writing this 1. were federalist [r]epublicans and 2. knew that Brownback should be citing the Kansas Constitution and not the James Madison edition. Alas, Incorporationistas don’t care about these things, because at the end of the day, they are committed Blobists viz nationalists, how sad. The same folks will yell endlessly about the perversion of the 14th Amendment to grant homosexual “marriages”, abortions and “birthright citizenship” but have no problem when what I call The Miracle Amendment (14th) is used to subvert federalism and the Bill of Rights. Nothing to see here Incorporated citizen, move along and vote for Mitt Romney.
The Second Amendment, an accurate reading of history shows, was argued for by Virginians Patrick Henry and George Mason immediately following the Constitution’s ratification, in November and December of 1788. Henry said of the proposed Amendment:
“My great objection to this government is, that it does not leave us the means of defending our rights, or of waging war against tyrants. It is urged by some gentlemen, that this new plan will bring us an acquisition of strength — an army, and the militia of the states. This is an idea extremely ridiculous: gentlemen cannot possibly be earnest. This acquisition will trample on our fallen liberty. Let my beloved Americans guard against that fatal lethargy that has pervaded the universe. Have we the means of resisting disciplined armies, when our only defence, the militia, is put into the hands of Congress?” [speech against ratification, 05 June, 1788]
What you just read is the genesis of the “second Amendment (actually the 4th amendment submitted by the VA Assembly). It is an undeniable, historical fact that this amendment was specifically proposed for the preservation of the state militias and to guard against Congress fielding a “standing army”. You can listen to this debate in my feature film The Spirit of ’76, The Story Continues, here. Now back to Kansas, Brownback could have done his constituents and the cause of federalism a great service by citing the Kansas Consitution of 1859 and its RTKBA clause. THAT and clause and that alone grants Kansans their “constitutional carry” rights. Pity, that few know or recognize this… all hail ‘Muricah!
§ 4. Individual right to bear arms; armies. A person has the right to keep and bear arms for the defense of self, family, home and state, for lawful hunting and recreational use, and for any other lawful purpose; but standing armies, in time of peace, are dangerous to liberty, and shall not be tolerated, and the military shall be in strict subordination to the civil power.
In 1796, a bill came before the Congress, in pursuance of the Article I, Section 8 and 9 clauses to arm a militia. John Rutherford of VA spoke to the house to remind the members of their limited powers in this regard, pay close attention to what Rutherford says about the militia.
Mr. RUTHERFORD said, he believed the government of the United States had nothing to do with the militia of the several sovereign states. This was his opinion, and it was the opinion of the people at large — however, of nine tenths of them. The Constitution is express upon this subject. It says, when the militia is called into actual service, it shall be under the direction of the general government, but not until that takes place; the several states shall have command over their own children — their own families. If the United States take it up, they will defeat the end in view — they grasp too much. With respect to the unconstitutionality, Mr. R. joined in opinion with the gentleman from New Jersey, (Mr. Henderson.) This law would tend to alienate the minds of the people of the Eastern States, whose militia were already well disciplined. He hoped nothing more would be done, in that house, than to advise those states who had neglected their militia to revise and amend their laws, and make them more effectual. This is all this house can do — all they have a right to do.
Efforts like the one in Kansas are laudable but they are wasted on a populace that believes them to be national and not federal in the strict sense of the term, Brownback and the rest of the DecptiCON “conservatives”, should know this, they don’t and the Constitution, as ratified, remains D E D, dead.