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Gun Control’s #1 Issue: Who Is Really Sovereign?

Written by Gary North on January 13, 2012

He who has the legal right to own a gun has limited sovereignty. The government wants to assert total sovereignty, as if it were God. So, governments always press for gun control. This is a matter of political philosophy.

In America, the people are the Sovereign, and we have the monopoly on all force here. We own and we operate the weapons from guns to the baton on the hip of a state trooper. We own the satellites, the aircraft, all platforms, and all assets right down to the freeways, parks and several college campuses.

How we are taken seriously is evident in how we forbid police choke holds, heavy aluminum flashlights or code three pursuits through neighborhoods as a matter of policy and get our wishes. Change occurs with involvement, and if we want to keep this custody, care and control of our servants and our assets in 2012, we’ll need to see the repeal of all gun control as a statement of their confidence in the people, their obeisance of the law, and as a recognition of who is the Sovereign. We will not see smaller government without these no matter who is elected president.

Larger government? This is a safe bet.

1. 90 million gun owners are keenly aware that there are more patriots in our government than liberals may believe, and they do not wish to goad Americans into starting something. This is not entirely due to the ‘gun lobby’, but due also to the integrity of many officials that we are not already overrun with gun bans and tyranny.

2. 90 million gun owners have too great a love of due process, and live by it whether they like it or not. This is a very important feature of character non-gun owners must appreciate as a shared value with gun owners. Perhaps it might be best for non-gun owners and gun owners to team up in 2012?? Hmm.

3. With due process, 90 million gun owners and other patriots have an intact legacy to hand down, which would not be possible if we were goaded into violence. That legacy is not only the law, but lives in the spirit of the liberty values, understanding of our sovereignty, our dedication and knowledge in self-rule, and faith in our system. Without these, independence means little, and it is these which gun control and centralization seek to destroy.

This is all about retaining the sovereignty held by gun owners in the face of government attempts to restrict it.

This is not just about self-defense from violent people. It is about a specific philosophy of civil government. The state does not possess a monopoly of sovereignty.

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28 thoughts on “Gun Control’s #1 Issue: Who Is Really Sovereign?

  1. The state does not YET possess a monopoly of sovereignty. But it's working on it

  2. this is all well and good,,but the minute u obtain a social security number,,u are no longer a sovereign citizen..u are a second class citizen

  3. Those who hammer their guns into plows,
    will plow for those who don't.

    Thomas Jefferson.

  4. Those who trade liberty for security have neither.

    John Adams.

  5. I ask, sir, what is the militia? It is the whole people.
    To disarm the people is the best and most effectual
    way to enslave them.

    George Mason – Co-author of the 2nd Amendment
    during Virginia's convention to ratify The Constitution, 1778.

  6. Firearms stand next in importance to the United States Constitution
    itself. They are the American peoples liberty teeth and keystone under
    independence……from the hour the Pilgrims landed to the present day,
    events, occurrences and tendencies prove that to ensure peace, security
    and happiness, the rifle and pistol are equally indispensable. The very
    atmosphere of firearms anywhere restrains evil interference. They
    deserve a place with all that's good.

    George Washington – First President of the United States.

  7. To perserve liberty, it's essential that the whole body of the people
    always possess arms and be taught alike, especially when young,
    how to use them.

    Richard Henry Lee – American Statesman, 1788.

  8. Let's Hope and Pray that the protectors of our country will be ready when the time comes to refresh the tree of liberty.

    – A Montana Citizen

  9. We have no protectors of this country in authority. The people are the only protectors of Freedom in this country.

  10. mr bad example says:

    for Christmas, I upgraded my NRA membership from Endowment to Patron and then ordered a new pistol, I just have 5 words for any bureaucrats and other liberal busybodies in government… "from my cold, dead hands"

  11. mr bad example says:

    look in the mirror, the only protectors is "us", man up or go back to the nursery!

  12. An armed man is a citizen. An unarmed man is a subject.

    A gun in the hand is better than a cop on the phone.

    If guns cause crime, then cameras cause pornography.

    Free men should not have to ask permission to bear arms.

    If you don’t know your rights you don’t have any.

    What part of “shall not be infringed” do you not understand?

    The second amendment is in place in case they ignore the others.

    Guns only have two enemies: rust and liberals.

    Know guns, know peace and safety. No guns, no peace nor safety.

    If you want peace, prepare for war.

    Peace through superior firepower.

    Call 911: Government sponsored Dial-a-Prayer.

    Assault is a type of behavior, not a type of hardware.

    Criminals love gun control – it makes their jobs easier and safer.

    Only a government that is afraid of its citizens tries to control them.

    You only have the rights you are willing to fight for.

    The American Revolution wasn’t about tea and taxes – it was about taking guns!

    Gun control is hitting what you aim at.

    The pen is mightier than the sword – unless you are in a swordfight!

    Those who live by the sword have a fighting chance.

    My gun? I’d rather have it and not need it than need it and not have it.

    Firearm safety – it’s a matter for education, not legislation.

    The day they want my guns they’ll have to bring theirs.

    An armed society is a polite society.

    Manners are good when one may have to back up his acts with his life.

    How can you praise freedom, and condemn that which gains and preserves it?

    Those who expect to reap the blessings of freedom must, like men, undergo the fatigue of supporting it.

    Shooting. The only sport endorsed by the founding fathers.

    My wife and my gun: ’til death do us part.

    When they come for your guns, give them the ammo first!

    If you are free to be a liberal – thank a man with a gun!

    Ted Kennedy’s Car has killed more people than my gun!

    Guns are smart enough. We need smarter politicians.

    Bolt actions speak louder than words.

    Gun control… It’s not a new idea… Just a bad one!

    The D.C. gun ban works – just ask James Brady.

    When seconds count, the cops are just minutes away…

  13. "As a gun owner and hunter, I am very concerned about my 'right' to keep and bear arms. However, as the Christian head of my home, I am much more concerned about my God-ordained responsibility to keep and bear arms for the protection of my family, home, and possessions. I am not a Second Amendment advocate. Americans who tout the Second Amendment as their authority to keep and bear arms may ultimately do more harm than good to their so-called right….

    "Disconcerting as many Americans may find the erosion of the Second Amendment guarantee, what is even more disturbing is that five people have the power to decide whether United States citizens have the right to protect themselves and their families, to what degree, and with what weapons. The Supreme Court has ruled that Americans have the right to bear arms, but only until they say otherwise…. If you look to the Second Amendment for your authority to bear arms, that authority is contingent upon the fickle nature of nine fallible human beings."

    For more, see "Amendment 2: Self-Defense: Constitutional or Biblical?" at http://www.missiontoisrael.org/biblelaw-constitut….

    We are at the very beginning of what perhaps is the most significant paradigm shift in America's history (besides perhaps the 17th-century Puritans establishing their Colonial governments upon Yahweh's law). America is beginning to recognize her national idol that like Gideon of old must be repented of before we can regain Christian dominion of our nation. Our darkest hour will prove to be our brightest moment. I offer as proof a radio interview Larry Pratt, Executive Director of Gun Owners of America conducted with me on December 31, 2011. You can listen to or download it from Gun Owner's of America's website at http://irnusaradio.com/our-programs/gunowners-new…. See the second entry from the top.

  14. Marine Raymond has it right!

    Besides the ultra-Liberal Digressive anti-gun ideology, the left-wing radicals, who hate the USA, desire to "FUNDAMENTALLY CHANGE" and overthrow the our democratic republic and force the "New World Order" on us. As Raymond posted earlier, the citizen' militia is the "whole people." It might be necessary for the whole people to defend the USA? "To disarm the people is the best and most effectual way to enslave them." We're not talking about overthrowing the U.S. Government-NO WAY- it might be necessary to protect it. Maybe that's what Barry O is trying to do by creating his civilian security force he spoke so fondly of during the campaign??? Hmmmm! Barry's civilian troops defending our country???

  15. The World's Largest Army

    I bet you didn’t know this. . .

    In WWII, Japan's highest-ranking naval officer was Isoruku Yamamoto. Although he was Japanese, and his loyalties were unquestionably with The Empire, he studied for many years in America, graduating from Harvard University. There is an oft-repeated (and sometimes disputed) quote attributed to him regarding the possibility of any nation taking a war to American soil:

    "You cannot invade the mainland United States. There would be a rifle behind every blade of grass."

    Here is why he was correct:

    America's Hunters. The World's Largest Army.

    The state of Wisconsin has gone an entire deer hunting season without someone getting killed. That's great, considering there were over 600,000 hunters that got permits this year.

    Allow me to restate that number: 600,000

    Over the last two months, the eighth largest army in the world – more men under arms than Iran; more than France and Germany combined – deployed to the woods of a single American state to keep the deer population under control.

    But that pales in comparison to the 750,000 who are in the woods of Pennsylvania this week. Michigan's 700,000 hunters have now returned home. Toss in a quarter million hunters in West Virginia, and it is literally the case that the hunters of those four states alone would comprise the largest army in the world.

    And that is just FOUR states.

    The total population of registered hunters in America today ranges from 23 million to 43.7 million individuals. (Based on annual data provided by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.) As long as the American Hunter retains his right to Bear Arms, America will forever be safe from foreign invasion of troops.

    Hunting – it's not just a way to fill the freezer. It's a matter of National Security.


    In 1929, the Soviet Union established gun control. From 1929 to 1953, about 20 million dissidents, unable to defend themselves, were rounded up and exterminated.

    In 1911, Turkey established gun control. From 1915 to 1917, 1.5 million Armenians, unable to defend themselves, were rounded up and exterminated.

    Germany established gun control in 1938 and from 1939 to 1945, a total of 13 million Jews and others who were unable to defend themselves were rounded up and exterminated.

    China established gun control in 1935. >From 1948 to 1952, 20 million political dissidents, unable to defend themselves, were rounded up and exterminated.

    Guatemala established gun control in 1964. From 1964 to 1981, 100,000 Mayan Indians, unable to defend themselves, were rounded up and exterminated.

    Uganda established gun control in 1970. From 1971 to 1979, 300,000 Christians, unable to defend themselves, were rounded up and exterminated.

    Cambodia established gun control in 1956. From 1975 to 1977, one million educated people, unable to defend themselves, were rounded up and exterminated.

    Defenseless people rounded up and exterminated in the 20th Century because of gun control: 56 million.

    You won't see this data on the US evening news, or hear politicians disseminating this information.

    Guns in the hands of honest citizens save lives and property and, yes, gun-control laws adversely affect only the law-abiding citizens.

    Take note my fellow Americans, before it's too late!

    The next time someone talks in favor of gun control, please remind them of this history lesson.

    With guns, we are 'citizens'. Without them, we are 'subjects'.

    During WW II the Japanese decided not to invade America because they knew most Americans were ARMED!

  17. The path we have chosen for the present is full of hazards, as all paths are. The cost of freedom is always high, but Americans have always paid it. And one path we shall never choose, and that is the path of surrender, or submission.
    John F. Kennedy

  18. The individual has sovereignty. Each person is responsible for their own life and the defense and protection of it. The collective defense of people is, has been and always will be the very first and foremost reason that any "government" is formed.

    Cavemen didn't get together and join forces to make sure that poor cavemen were taken care of. Medieval people's did not join forces and build walled cities and castles just because they look pretty. DEFENSE is the PRIMARY, first and foremost reason, duty and responsibility for the formation of a government.

    In the United States of America (e.g. several states, united together by common agreement of doctrine concerning defense, and other ideals such as life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness), the preamble of the Constitution states that one of the main reasons for the formation of the union between the individual and sovereign states is "to provide for the common defense" of the states and the peoples together.

    'Government' over reaches its purpose and authority granted to it by the people and the states (which are made up of those same people) when it makes attempt to eliminate the due and God given rights of people to defend themselves with modern firearms.

  19. There Are Many In The Armed Services That Take The Oath They Made To Uphold The Constitution And All Enemy’s Foreign And Domestic. With Out Any Reservations. As A Former Marine I Will Be There.

  20. Ann Wilson Kingsley says:

    Of all of the presidential candidates, only Ron Paul signed his anti-gun control pledge.

    Ronald Reagan stated the philosophy of our Founding Fathers was Libertarianism. Vote for Ron Paul for president! http://godfatherpolitics.com/3097/senator-jim-dem



  23. Every citizen is a soldier, like it or not believe it or not, being that there are 525 people and big businesses who control this country, I wonder who is going to be the ones they enlist to fight against the true American patriot?

  24. "Democracy is two wolves and a lamb voting on what to have for lunch. Liberty is a well armed lamb contesting the vote."
    -Benjamin Franklin

  25. These are great, BGinTN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  26. I am tired of receiving ads which 'pop' up in the middle of what I am doing. My response to this is to make a note of the sponsor of that ad on a list I call a "NO SHOP" list. You might want to start doing this. In time, perhaps we can stop this invasive form of advertising.
    Just an old retread approaching 75 and still kicking.

  27. Oath Keepers is a non-partisan association of current and formerly serving military, reserves, National Guard, veterans, Peace Officers, and Fire Fighters who will fulfill the Oath we swore, with the support of like minded citizens who take an Oath to stand with us, to support and defend the Constitution against all enemies, foreign and domestic, so help us God. Our Oath is to the Constitution – Go to http://oathkeepers.org

  28. American thinker says:

    I agree but at this point a vote for Ron Paul is a vote for Obama,