To the Times of Ti:
This is an additional response to the question by Mr. Sam Huntington of Dresden, regarding my statements of constitutional authority and responsibility of oath-takers in my March 30 and April 27 letters to the Times of Ti. After submitting my April letter, I came across the following. From the National Constitutional Sheriffs Association (http://ncsa1.org/ncsa_news), I quote:
“The National Constitutional Sheriff’s Association declares and asserts that The People are the true creators and masters of government and The Constitution of the United States is the Supreme Law of the Land as confirmed in Article 6, Sec 2 of The Constitution. That The People, as Individuals, have unalienable Rights given to them by God, and Protections from over-reaching government, as enumerated in the Bill of Rights; that the cause of Liberty and Freedom was our founders goal, while establishing the Rule of Law to conduct ourselves by, in a Civil Society, and providing for a Limited Government.”
Today that government has grown beyond its intended boundaries and the chains of the constitution. Federal usurpation into the states and certain extra-constitutional edicts or executive orders threaten the individual protections of the American people. The second amendment to the constitution which declares, “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.” This amendment, being the bedrock of maintaining individual liberty and the protection of all the other amendments, is being usurped both at the federal level and by certain states.
One has but to look at history and the government regimes that disarmed their people. Our present firearms laws today mirror much of the German laws of 1919. Gun control and registration in Germany began with the Regulations on Weapons Ownership, which declared that “all firearms, as well as all kinds of firearms ammunition, are to be surrendered immediately.” Then came the 1938 German Weapons Act which allowed only party members, officials of the central government, the states and certain government employees to possess arms. There is but one truth; evil exists. There will always be evil and malevolent souls who commit crimes, but inanimate objects, in and of themselves, do not kill.
Many have said that our founding fathers had no idea of the weapons that would be available today and that the second amendment is archaic, NCSA strongly disagrees as evidenced by the following; “Before a standing army can rule, the people must be disarmed; as they are in almost every kingdom of Europe. The supreme power in America cannot enforce unjust laws by the sword; because the whole body of the people are armed, and constitute a force superior to any band of regular troops that can be, on any pretense, raised in the United States.” Noah Webster; An Examination of the Leading Principles of the Federal Constitution, 10 October 1787. “Congress have no power to disarm the militia. Their swords, and every other terrible implement of the soldier, are the birth-right of an American... [T]he unlimited power of the sword is not in the hands of either the federal or state governments, but, where I trust in God it will ever remain, in the hands of the people.” Tench Coxe, Pennsylvania Gazette, 20 Feb1788.
NCSA is committed to protecting the original intent of the constitution and the individual liberties it declares. It is up to those who have taken the oath to step up and represent the people with conviction, without fear or excuse, against all federal and state usurpations, in a lawful and knowledgeable manner. We will continue to educate our sheriffs and other elected officials on their duty and responsibilities to the oaths they make. Our constitution was written in the common man’s English, so that there was no question as to its intent or meaning and no man would depend on another for interpretation. It is up to those that serve us, on every level, to provide the necessary checks and balances to preserve our freedom and liberties. In order to serve the people with integrity and honor one must first have knowledge and understanding of what that means and be mindful that we to shall live with the consequences of our actions.
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God bless you all,.
John Capek, Crown Point