A Well Regulated Militia…..

Dear Virtual Editor:

Gangs of heavily armed people roaming the streets, frightening the citizens. Members of the gangs claim they do not recognize the authority of their government. They say they are not gangs but militias, prepared to fight and die for freedom from government tyranny. Ukraine, right? Not even close. Nevada.

It seems that the cause these brave men and women were not quite ready to fight and die for after all was the right of a rancher named Cliven Bundy to steal from my land—and yours. (Apologies to Woody Guthrie) Mr. Bundy needed a militia since the tyrannical government actually wanted him to honor a court order to pay back more than a million dollars he owed for grazing his cattle or my/our land. The Nevada National Guard was not available, so he turned to a group whose roots go back to the Ku Klux Klan. By whatever current name, those folks know something about individual sovereignty. Their heritage brought to the fray a treasure trove of experience fighting the federal government that had tyrannically freed slaves.

Republicans and Fox News were shocked when it turned out that Mr. Bundy is a flaming racist. How could they have seen that coming?

Of course, the sacred right to “go about armed to the terror of the citizenry”, in the words of a NC statute from saner times, does not depend on membership in a militia, well regulated or otherwise. So said 5 members of the U.S. Supreme Court in District of Columbia v. Heller, 544 US 570 (2008), led by that expert diviner of Original Intent, Antonin Scalia. A gentleman in Georgia (again, not the Central Europe one) was apparently up on that development. Shortly after Georgia enacted its “Guns Everywhere” law, he decided to attend a Little League game. He walked about brandishing his handgun and reminding the frightened parents and children that they could do nothing about it. The Sheriff was summoned and agreed. After first pledging fealty to the 2d Amendment, he did remark that the gentleman’s conduct was “inappropriate”. I am not making this up. Check out the video.

Scalia and the boys, however, are not solely to blame for the Little League frolic. The Heller five explicitly noted that the opinion was not to be read to cast doubt on laws forbidding the carrying of firearms in “sensitive places” such as schools and government buildings. The Sheriff was wrong. “Guns Everywhere” has nothing to do with the Constitution. It is all on the good ole boys in the legislature.

Apparently, the Little League Stroller was not charged with any offense. Somehow, I can’t help thinking that the Sheriff might have remembered that there is a Disorderly Conduct law, if the stroller had been a black youth.

While musing about guns, something came back to me that I had learned during my unspectacular career in the actual U.S. Army. I learned how to take weapons apart and put them back together… “assembly is the reverse of disassembly….etc.” If a warped interpretation of the 2d Amendment has led to such abuses, why not consider disassembling it? How about starting a petition in favor of a new Constitutional Amendment—Repeal of the 2d Amendment. Yeah, it’s a long shot, but it’s been done before. Remember the Volstead Act? Meanwhile, if you are in Georgia, be ready to duck!


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    Along these lines, have you heard that If there were a zombie apocalypse in Florida, gun owners would be able to take their weapons with them as they ran screaming from the walking dead, even without a concealed weapons permit, if new legislation is passed.

    Senate Bill 296 reportedly would give Florida gun owners the right to carry concealed weapons — without the proper permit — during a state of emergency. A hurricane, for instance.

    Democratic Sen. Dwight Bullard, an opponent of the bill, imagined other dire straits when he filed this amendment to the bill late Tuesday: “An act relating to the zombie apocalypse.”

    It was Bullard’s way of calling out this bill as “laughable.” A crisis, he told the Huffington Post, is “the last instance in which you want someone who is not a concealed permit holder to carry a weapon.”

    Florida requires that applicants for the license “provide proof of proficiency with a firearm,” meaning there’s training involved, and a background check to boot.

    I like Bill’s proposal to repeal the 2nd Amendment much better!