U.S. Government Crosses the Rubicon May 7, 2013Posted by federalist in RKBA.
Our country was founded on the premise that citizens should have the means to restrain and reform their government, by force if necessary. Implicit in this natural right, which was explicitly enumerated in the Bill of Rights, is the principle that the government has no authority deprive The People of arms, or to reserve more effective weapons to its agents for domestic use.
U.S. gun laws have long since crossed this line. The most salient example was the recent request by the Department of Homeland Security for 7000 Personal Defense Weapons. As the name of the RFP indicates these are the best modern weapons for personal defense. With some extremely expensive and limited exceptions, they are also off limits to citizens for three distinct reasons:
- They are compact (regulated as “Short Barrel Rifles”)
- They are “select-fire,” i.e. capable of fully-automatic operation
- They shoot “armor-piercing” bullets (a restricted category that was recently expanded to include a large segment of popular target bullet)
Government agents are allowed to procure and carry these arms for personal defense. As a practical matter, citizens are not. And any citizen caught in possession of a firearm with one of those three characteristics that has not been properly registered is aggressively prosecuted as a felon and punished with up to 10 years in prison and $250,000 in fines.
This is always a step in the evolution of tyranny.