The thing about rights that many people seem to forget is that nobody gives them to you. They come from the very fact that you were born a human being. They are your birthrights. That's why they're called natural rights, or god given rights, or individual rights, or even inalienable rights. No one can take these rights from you. They are yours whether you want them or not. It is up to you whether you exercise them or not, and like muscles, if you don't use them, you'll lose them.
There are those in this world who would say otherwise. They would make
the claim that they give you rights. They would make the claim that they
have the right to suspend your rights. They would make the claim that
it is up to them to decide whether or not your rights should be honored.
Who are they to decide? What supreme power decided that they are better
than us and should dictate which rights should be honored, which rights
shouldn't, and when or where all this should happen? Some would make
the claim that they have the right to take away all your rights and that
they can do so legitimately because they were elected to office or
hired by those who were elected to office or appointed their position by
those who were elected to office. These claims are simply untrue. Your
rights cannot be taken away, no matter the reason, no matter the
circumstances. They can only be violated.
The only legitimate reason for violating an individual's rights is
because he has violated another individual's rights. There are no group
rights. There are no states' rights. There are only privileges granted
by those who have been entrusted with governing powers usually backed up
by force of arms. When such privileges violate the rights of an
individual, or a few individuals, those privileges should no longer be
allowed in a free society. Such privileges have a tendency to be abused.
Such privileges led to the rise of the European aristocracy and were
among the reasons the republic of The United States of America was
formed in the way it was formed. The government is supposed to protect
the rights of the individual from those who would exercise their
privileges in such a way as to violate the individual's inalienable
I heard recently someone say something to the effect that people who
venerate the Constitution of the United States of America were acting
like religious zealots. Yet the powers that be are always zealously
trying to legalize their violations of natural rights. They salivate as
they pontificate over the reasons they should be allowed to disregard
the well reasoned out Bill of Rights and to legally violate individual
rights. Such laws and violations have nothing to do with protecting the
public, they have everything to do with creating a more authoritarian
and controlling state, with giving the power elite even more power to
abuse. This was the wrong path that was chosen long ago which has led us
to the mess we find ourselves in now.
This discussion stems from 2nd amendment rights and the recent shootings
in Colorado and Wisconsin, but this is just the most recent iteration.
Historically, such discussions go back much further. There was Virginia
Tech, Columbine, the clock tower shootings in Texas, et al. None of
these incidents can hold a candle to the mass murders committed by
governments when they try to suppress the will of the people. None of
these compare to the legalized murders committed by the psychopaths who
use the force of law to commit sickening atrocities in the name of some
collectivist political agenda supposedly put in place for the "greater
good." They start by trying to take as many weapons as possible from the
populace so that it will be easier later to violate other individual
rights that make it harder to oppress the masses.
The right to bear arms is not simply a right to gun ownership, it's a
right to defend yourself. Do you think you have a right to defend
yourself? Do you think you have a right to defend your family? Your
friends? Your community? Do you think you have the right to associate
with others who wish to defend your community? Do you think you have the
right to defend yourself from terrorists? Even if those terrorists are
government agents who have decided they wish to violate all your rights
and put you in prison for exercising your rights or demanding they
respect your rights? These can be tough questions to answer, for at
times like these sometimes the correct solutions are counter-intuitive.
It all boils down to who owns you. Do you own you? Really? Are you sure?
Can you be so sure? If you do own yourself, can you do what you want
(as long as you don't harm another or damage or steal another's
property) without fear of government intrusion? Can you start a
business? One that you're interested in? Can you start one without
buying a license? Can you start one without going to some school? Can
you start one without asking permission from some government
bureaucracy? Can you keep ALL the money you make to spend or save or use
as you see fit? Can you own property? Do you really own your property,
or do you have to pay the rent known as taxes? What would happen if you
didn't pay your taxes? Again, do you really own your property? Slaves
can't own property either. Slaves can't keep the fruits of their labor.
Slaves have their rights violated all the time, even the right to defend
themselves and their family. Slaves are owned by someone else. Are you
so sure you're not owned by someone else?
Medieval serfs were also owned. Sure, they had their own homes that they
lived in and their own land that they worked, but the lords of the
lands laid claim to their crops. They were able to invade the home
whenever they wanted for whatever reason. Usually they left their
workers alone so long as they were productive, but if they started to
make a fuss or said something their master didn't like, watch out. There
were worse abuses that took place, but what could one serf do about it?
They usually had their weapons confiscated or were never allowed to own
a sword, or bow, or knife, in the first place. Slaves can't own
weapons. Their masters were worried they'd be used on them. Serfs
finally got tired of the abuse and commoners demanded more freedom. They
demanded respect for their rights. How long until you are tired of the
It's not just the right to self defense that is at risk here, it is all
individual rights. Once the guns are gone, the powers that be have
nothing to worry about. The criminal element can go wild, the globalists
can come in and save us all, and the common folk will welcome foreign
troops on the streets. At least, that's the theory. How long before they
start arresting people simply for expressing opinions that are contrary
to the establishment rulers? How long before they start coming into
your home just for suspicion of associating with someone who has
expressed an opinion contrary to that of the establishment rulers? With
luck it will never happen, but I get the feeling that's not how this is
going to play out. As much as I'd like to see a soft landing, as much as
I'd like to see peaceful change, it looks more and more like the powers
that be want to see us hit quite a rough patch and they seem to be
doing everything in their power to make that happen.
Remember, you have rights, they either violate them, or they respect
them. Right now, they are violating them everywhere you turn. You are
not left alone. You are constantly monitored and harassed even as you
simply go about your daily business. As long as you remain silent, they
will consider that silence as consent. As long as you go along to get
along, they will consider your compliance as consent. As long as you
cheer them on and encourage them to violate the rights of others, they
will consider your encouragement as consent. You won't be cheering so
loud when they violate your rights.
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