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Tuesday, October 21, 2014

America: A Constitutional Republic: by Dean Garrison

The Constitution of The United States
Dean Garrison (born 1955) is a contemporary American author and crime fiction novelist. 

He was born in Michigan, grew up in the Indiana, Illinois, and Texas, and received his B.A. degree from Ferris State University in Big Rapids, Michigan.

Garrison is now a Crime Scene Technician in West Michigan. His research in the fields of Crime Scene Investigation and Shooting Reconstruction are widely published in forensic journals under the name of D.H. Garrison, Jr.

“I feel a tremendous responsibility to write this article, though I am a little apprehensive. Thinking about the possibility of anyone rising up against our government is a frightening thing for many of us. I am not Johnny Rambo and I will be the first to admit that I do not want to die.

The reason I feel compelled to write this, however, is simply because I don’t think the average American is equipped with the facts. I feel that a lot of American citizens feel like they have no choice but to surrender their guns, if the government comes for them.

I blame traditional media sources for this mass brainwash and I carry the responsibility of all small independent bloggers to tell the truth. So my focus today is to lay out your constitutional rights as an American and let you decide what to do with those rights.

About a month ago, I let the “democracy” word slip out in a discussion with a fellow blogger. I knew better. Americans have been conditioned to use this term. It’s not an accurate term and it never has been a correct term to describe our form of government.

The truth is that the United States of America is a constitutional republic. This is similar to a democracy, because our representatives are selected by democratic elections, but ultimately, our representatives are required to work within the framework of our Constitution. In other words, even if 90% of Americans want something that goes against our founding principles, they have no right to call for a violation of our constitutional rights.

If you are religious, you might choose to think of it this way:  say that members of your congregation decide that mass fornication is a good thing. Do they have the right to change the teachings of your God? The truth is the truth. It doesn’t matter how many people try to stray from it.

Did I just compare our founders to God? In a way I did, but please note that I am not trying to insult anyone. For the purpose of the American Government, our Constitution and the founders who wrote it are much like God is to believers. It is the law. It is indisputable.

Our founders did not want a “democracy”, for they feared a true democracy was just as dangerous as a monarchy. The founders were highly educated people experienced in defending themselves against tyranny. They understood that the Constitution could protect the people by limiting the power of anyone to work outside of it much better than a pure system of popularity.

A system of checks and balances was set up to help limit corruption of government and also the potential for an “immoral majority” developing within the American People. We have forgotten in this country that we are ultimately ruled by a Constitution.

Why is a democracy potentially just as dangerous as a monarchy? Let’s look at something that Benjamin Franklin said because it answers that question more fully and succinctly than I can.
“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
Even 230+ years ago, our founders were perceptive enough to realize that democracy was a dangerous form of government. How so? Because the citizens of a country can become just as corrupt as any government. We have seen evidence of this throughout history. Ask Native Americans and African-Americans if this population can become corrupt.

I think today, we are seeing evidence of what Franklin was trying to tell us. Just because a majority of people may support certain ideas, it does not mean that those ideas are just. In simple terms, just because most Americans love our president and voted for him does not mean that he has the power to go against our constitutional rights.

Next I’d like to review the text of the Second Amendment. It is very clear. This is the law of this land. So when Senator Feinstein or President Obama talk about taking your guns, you need to think about something. Are they honoring their sworn oath to uphold the Constitution?

Second Amendment
This is a pretty clear statement. The fact is that it took 232 years for the Supreme Court to even rule on this amendment because it has never been successfully challenged. 

In 2008 a case of Columbia v. Heller the Supreme Court ruled that a handgun ban in Washington D.C. was unconstitutional. One also has to take this into consideration. 

The Supreme Court supports your right to own guns. If you want to research this decision further you can start there.

Those who try to debate the spirit of the 2nd Amendment are truly no different than people who will try to take Biblical quotes out of context to try and support their immoral decisions.

The founders were very clear on the intent of the 2nd Amendment. Let me share a few quick quotes here:
“The strongest reason for people to retain the right to keep and bear arms is, as a last resort, to protect themselves against tyranny in government.” --Thomas Jefferson 
“Firearms stand next in importance to the Constitution itself. They are the American people’s liberty teeth and keystone under independence … From the hour the Pilgrims landed, to the present day, events, occurrences, and tendencies prove that to insure peace, security and happiness, the rifle and pistol are equally indispensable . . . the very atmosphere of firearms everywhere restrains evil interference – they deserve a place of honor with all that is good.” --George Washington 
“The Constitution shall never be construed….to prevent the people of the United States who are peaceable citizens from keeping their own arms.” --Samuel Adams

I could find hundreds of quotes like these. This country was built on The Right to Bear Arms. It was built on the rights of an individual to bear arms, regardless of what his government, or neighbor, happened to think. This is crystal clear.

Ironically, the people who voice their opinions against this right have their free speech protected by your guns. Without guns in this country, all other amendments become null and void, simply because “We the People” will lose our power of enforcement.

We need to keep this in mind as our “representatives” try to push gun bans. I don’t care if 99% of people are in support of gun bans (which is far from the case), it is a violation of our constitutional rights, plain and simple.

A constitutional republic protects the rights of the individual, even when their ideas are very much in the minority. If I were the only person in America who believed in the 2nd Amendment, I would still be within my rights to call upon it. You would all think I was insane and possibly celebrate if I was gunned down, but in the end I would be the only true American among us.

Our framers were very clear on this. If my government comes to take my guns, they are violating one of my constitutional rights that is covered by the 2nd Amendment.

It is not my right, at that point, but my responsibility, to respond in the name of liberty. What I am telling you is something that many are trying to soft sell, and many others have tried to avoid putting into print, but I am going to say it. The time for speaking in code is over.

If they come for our guns, then it is our constitutional right to put them six feet under. You have the right to kill any representative of this government who tries to tread on your liberty. I am thinking about self-defense, not talking about inciting a revolution.

Re-read Jefferson ’s quote. He talks about a “last resort.” I am not trying to start a Revolt, I am talking about self-defense. If the day for Revolution comes, when no peaceful options exist, we may have to talk about that as well. None of us wants to think about that, but please understand that a majority cannot take away your rights as an American citizen. Only you can choose to give up your rights.

Congress could pass gun ban legislation by a 90%+ margin and it just would not matter. I think some people are very unclear on this. This is the reason we have a Supreme Court, and though I do not doubt that the Supreme Court can also become corrupt, in 2008 they got it right. They supported the Constitution.

It does not matter what the majority supports, because America is not a democracy. A constitutional republic protects the rights of every single citizen, no matter what their “elected servants” say. A majority in America only matters when the Constitution is not in play.

I just wrote what every believer in the Constitution wants to say, and what every constitutional blogger needs to write. The truth of the matter is that this type of speech is viewed as dangerous and radical or even subversive, and it could gain me a world of trouble that I do not want. But it is also the truth.

To make myself clear, I will tell you again. If they come for your guns, it is your right to use those guns against them and to kill them, if you must. You are protected by our Constitution.

Most of the articles I am reading on the subject are trying to give you clues without just coming out and saying it. I understand that because certain things in this country will get you on a list that you don’t want to be on. I may well be on that list. This blog is small and growing so I may not be there yet, but I have dreams. I also have my own list of subversives and anyone who attempts to deny my constitutional rights is on that list.

I am not the “subversive” here.  It is the political representatives who are threatening to take away my inalienable rights that are. If they come to take my guns and I leave a few of them wounded or dead, and I somehow survive, I have zero doubt that I will spend a long time in prison and may face an execution. But I would much rather be a political prisoner than a slave.

If I go down fighting, then I was not fighting to harm these human beings. I was simply defending my liberty and yours. It is self-defense and it is what our country was built on. We won our freedom in self-defense. We would not be ruled by a tyrannical government in the 1770′s and we will not be ruled in 2014 by a tyrannical government. There is no difference.

This is a case of right and wrong. As of now, the 2nd Amendment stands. It has never been repealed. If Feinstein or Barack have a problem with the Constitution, then they should be removed from office. They are not defending the Constitution which they have sworn an oath to protect. It is treasonous to say the least. They would likely say the same about me, but I have the Constitution, the founders, and the Supreme Court on my side. They only have their inflated egos.

I am not writing this to incite people. I am writing this in hopes that somehow I can make a tiny difference. I have no idea how many of my neighbors have the will to defend their constitutional rights. 2%? 20%? I am afraid that 20% is a high number, unfortunately. When push comes to shove, many people may give up and submit to being ruled. I believe that our government is banking on this.

I would hope that our officials come to realize that, regardless of our numbers, we still exist because they are calling Patriotic Americans to action. They are making us decide if we want to die free, or submit to their rule.

I cannot tell you where you should stand on that. I do know that it may make the difference between living a life of freedom, or slavery.

You must start thinking about this, because I believe that the day is coming soon and I personally believe it has already been planned. Not all conspiracy theories are hogwash. They may throw down the gauntlet soon and my suggestion is that you prepare yourself to react.

I mean no disrespect to our elected officials, but they need to understand that “We the People” will not be disarmed. If they proceed, then it is they who are provoking us and we will act accordingly. We are within our rights to do so.

For those who are in support of taking the guns, you need to ask yourself a very important question, and I am not just talking about the politicians, although if you support them, you have chosen your side.

Are you willing to die to take my guns?”

--Dean Garrison

“I am only one, but I am one. I can't do everything, but I can do something. The something I ought to do, I can do, and by the grace of God, I will.” ~Everett Hale

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  1. I agree with everything you said with one exception. The Constitution is amendable. There could be a Constitutional Convention to repeal the 2nd Amendment. If it were to pass, then it would be legal to disarm the populous. Other than that you were spot on. As a veteran I often ask when my oath of enlistment ends. I have yet to come to a point in my life when it has felt over.

  2. On spot here !
    Later Dee [815th/102nd Cbt Eng US Army Rt. ]

  3. Thank you for this. It was so well stated. I will be passing this on with hope that those who need to read it the most will, and those of us who already agree will be fortified.

  4. Dean, There are an uncounted number of us who are solidly in agreement with you regarding the Second Amendment and the Constitution. Being a Constitutional Republic, we (those of us who own guns) may be in the minority and, numerically, we probably are but we are a large minority. Most of us ask ourselves, "What will I do if they come to take my guns?". Many of us will say to ourselves, "I will fight them.". But the truth is that we do not really know what we will do. We have families and loved ones and the question is whether we will give up arms to protect them or will we use our arms to protect them.

    I posted a topic on my website on the subject of gun control in February of 2013 that is worth reading:


    I also posted a "Memoirs From Nam" writing relevant to the Second Amendment Militia:


    A majority of us are isolated from each other which makes us individually weaker because we may feel we are fighting for our rights alone. There are VSOs (Veterans' Service Organizations) where vets are organized but they are independent of each other and not specifically dedicated to the militia and the Second Amendment is only a part of their agendas.

    Your writing here is inspirational and hopefully it will get deserved attention by those who feel uncertain where they stand.

    The Founders of the Constitution were directly aware of the tyranny of a Monarchy and a democracy. Every day brought the risk of confiscation of weapons and subsequently any rights conferred by the higher power. Americans today are not aware of the risk because it is cloaked by a false legitimacy by the government that the Constitution is a "living" document that can be changed at will. The statists have sneaked up on us for over a hundred years, kind of like boiling a frog starting with cold water and gradually bringing it to a boil. Well, the water is starting to boil.

    Using the force of arms to protect our rights is the last way I would ever consider as long as there is hope that all other means will bring us back from the brink of a hard tyranny. I do not want to use weapons against any of my fellow Americans and I will not unless there is a direct threat. It terrifies me to think that it might come to that; however, the great men that wrote the Constitution and then the Bill of Rights knew it might be necessary. They had the strength to use arms to guarantee our liberty then. Do we have the strength to protect it now?

    As you say Dean, we have to think about the unthinkable. It is probably far fetched to think our own elected officials will come to our door and attempt to take away our weapons legally owned but they are giving us reason to be concerned.

    God bless America and give us the strength to work through this soft tyranny by peaceful means.


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