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Get a Gun

Sunday, 17 November 2002 12:00 AM

Item #1 in a list of "Rules for a gunfight" is "Bring a gun. Preferably, bring at least two guns. Bring all of your friends who have guns."

About three years ago a friend told me a story about a colleague of his, Jerry Molen, who was one of the executive producers of "Schindler's List."

In the wake of the film's critical acclaim, Molen was speaking to some group. He noticed in the audience an old man who was staring intently at him during his speech. He said he felt odd by the intensity of the glare.

After the speech he was basking in the glow of audience approval when the old man walked up to him. The old man pointed a craggy finger at Molen and with a voice filled with intensity and seriousness, he said "Don't you EVER let them take YOUR guns." Molen noticed that the right forearm of the old man had a series of faded blue numbers tattooed on his flesh.

In the '90s there was a media/federal jihad against militias. In the New Millennium militias may again save the republic.

Notwithstanding the marginalized stereotype of militias as being gap-toothed, camouflaged, knuckle-dragging wannabe Rambos … militias have been, are and will/should be an integral part of protecting the country.

It was President John F. Kennedy who said, "Today, we need a nation of Minutemen, citizens who are not only prepared to take arms, but citizens who regard the preservation of freedom as the basic purpose of their daily life and who are willing to consciously work and sacrifice for that freedom."

Once upon a time long ago (1676) and far away, my ancestor Michael Metcalf returned to his home in Dedham, Mass., to discover it burned by Native Americans. He joined a militia and with other militias fought in "King Philips War" http://www.geocities.com/Heartland/Prairie/9324/KPW/hiskpw.htm.

Today's modern militias remain an eclectic collection of constitutionally conservative folks from all walks of life. Sure, some of them are extremists, racists and criminals … but the same can be said for Democrats, Republicans, Christians, Jews and Muslims. To damn any group for the sins of the few is beyond myopic and disingenuous.

Since 9/11 and the inevitability of planned, organized terrorist attacks, the militia concept should be embraced and not vilified.

And it IS! The Arizona Daily Star wrote, "Cochise County's 'official newspaper' has issued a call to arms and is spearheading the formation of a local militia to combat illegal immigration." And the liberals went NUTS!

Sheriff Larry Dever said frustrations with the federal government's inability to stem the flow of illegal immigration have attracted the attention of a number of groups on all sides of the issue. Hey, how about the federal government's inability to post a platoon of combat troops in every neighborhood?

Militias SHOULD be local people. Militias should be neighborhood watch programs with guns as well as telephones.

Your right to own a gun is inalienable. You have a God-given right to protect and defend yourself, your family and your property. Any and all other legislative masturbation to the contrary, designed to erode, undermine or attrite that right is invalid, immoral and an invitation to massive non-compliance.

The Second Amendment was not intended to guarantee my bird hunting, or for states to maintain militias. It was, and is, as even Harvard Law Professor Laurence Tribe (liberal icon) acknowledges, an INDIVIDUAL RIGHT.

After the alleged end of the Cold War, several CIA types were informally meeting with a group of their KGB counterparts. Eventually, after a few vodkas, the question was asked, "So Ivan, did you guys actually have plans for invading CONUS [Continental United States]?"

Reportedly the KGB officer laughed, "Hell no!"

"Why not?" asked a CIA suit.

"Your people have too many guns."

Those "Minutemen" Kennedy longed for, that the Russians recognize and Clintonite liberals would abolish, are the bone and sinew of a country's strength and they do exist.

Despite unbridled persistent efforts of the Clintons, Gore, Janet Reno, Sarah Brady, Chuck Schumer, Barbara Boxer et al., at least so far there remain tens of millions of Americans who would rather die on their feet than live on their knees (or wait bleeding for 911 to send help).

I suggest it will not be the camo-clad weekend paintballers and wannabe stereotyped militia Rambos who will refuse to comply with confiscation. Resistance will come from the remaining former military that still believe in the sacred oath of their youth. It will be the blue-haired grandmothers who protect their family and their heritage that would rather die martyrs than live as slaves.

Someday someone may kill you with your own gun, but they should have to beat you to death with it because it is empty.

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