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Freedom's Last Stand

Freedom's Last Stand Are You Willing To Fight for Your



Stephen Weaver


During the latter stages of the Rhodesian Bush war, in the late 1970's a

particularly salient tactical point was demonstrated to those with eyes to

see. Embattled Rhodesia, fighting for its very life and ostracized by

virtually the entire world, quietly adopted a policy change for its armed

forces. As a result, the selector switches on thousands of FN-FAL rifles

were deliberately switched from the full-auto mode to semi-automatic as a

matter of standard procedure. The reason was the shortage of ammunition

brought about by international sanction efforts. The effects were

startling in that nothing changed as far as battle outcome in spite of a

better-armed and equipped enemy in increasingly superior numbers

penetrating Rhodesia from three fronts. The communist-trained and

supplied terrorist maintained the full auto mode with their AK-47s right

up until the end. When the final battles came the outnumbered and

outgunned Rhodesians had never lost a single encounter; rather, their

demise came at the negotiation table-which is a point for deep reflection.


What this proves is that semi-auto fire is a match for full-auto in the

hands of determined and committed personnel fighting for home and

hearth. As we stand today with the threat of legislation banning the

possession and/or manufacture of semiautomatic weapons, we had best pause

and consider this carefully. And a ban of so called assault rifles today

will become a ban on your Remington 1100 tomorrow -- bet on it. The Second

Amendment has been dealt numerous and severe infractions in multiple,

localized instances over the past half-century. But never before has it

faced the broad onslaught we now see. The avowed goal of those in our

very government is to strip us of our rights under the Second Amendment.

Should this occur, however, it will ultimately be our fault, not theirs.

The reason for this is the Second Amendment. As an American in the middle

of my fourth decade in this life I, like many others, look around in

utter shock and dismay at the rapid unraveling of our culture. I've

managed to get to this point in life without running afoul of our laws

even once. I am not associated with or an adherent to any group

espousing supremacist views, Nor do I advocate the violent overthrow of

the government... at this point in time. I will confess to holding

numerous politically incorrect attitudes, however.


I've been fortunate to be able to live abroad in several countries, which

has given me a good deal of perspective from which to speak, But, I speak

as an American whose family has been in this country since before the

revolution. Now I look at the fast-approaching tomorrow when I may be

legislated a criminal for what is my legal right today. This is because I

own a couple of semi-automatic weapons. One of them was bequeathed to me

by my late father and was purchased by him in the middle 1920's --

insidious weaponry indeed! Yet I face the possibility that I could wake

up one day and be felon unless I immediately turn in these weapons. This

is something I will not do.


Those words are not written lightly or without the awareness that someone

will read them that I would rather not have reading them. Nevertheless I

am compelled to write this, under my own name, because I cannot, in good

conscience, keep quiet on the issue. Should such legislation pass in this

country, I do expect the possibility that I might not live for any great

period of time there after. For at that point I will bear arms against the

so-called government of that day. I will doso if I have to do it alone

and I will do it for several very good and legal reasons.


It is legal, now, for me to write and for this to be published because we

have a first Amendment. We have that because some vestiges of the

Constitution are still intact. Right behind our freedom of speech and

freedom of religion our forefathers placed a second pillar of this

republic, the right to bear arms. In many ways it has supported and still

does support the rest. I'll not go into a long discourse about the legal

basis for our Second Amendment rights. That's been done by better

legal minds than mine and is readily available to the inquiring mind.

I'll suffice to say that, in the succinct words of a bumper sticker,

"the Second Amendment ain't about duck hunting." What it is about is our

culture, our country and our whole way of life I'll not give that up

without a fight.


The late Christian theologian Dr. Francis A. Schaeffer once made a

statement that has stuck with me for many years: "If there is no final

place for civil disobedience, then the government has been make

autonomous, and as such, it has been put in the place of the Living God."

The thrust of what Dr. Schaeffer has said here is as relevant to the

secular as it is to the Christian audience he addressed. In a nutshell,

if you don't have a defensible bottom line, you've just make the

government your personal god. The context of the discourse from which this

quote was taken was the rule of law in our culture. In the American

expression of western culture the rule of law is embodied in the

Constitution of the United States, of which the Second Amendment is an

integral part. To an American, then, this is our relevant bottom line,

from a secular governmental perspective. In the words of the Constitution

itself, Article VI, Section 2: "This Constitution, and the laws of the

United States which shall be made in pursuance, thereof ... shall be the

supreme law of the land."


The Second Amendment is a part of the Constitution and is not in the

authority of Congress to alter save by an amending process as submitted to

the states. No 51-49 vote can legally supersede it. All powers in our

Constitution are delegated at three levels: Federal, State and the

People. This is where our Second Amendment rights lay, with the people.

Very simply, Congress would be breaking the supreme law if it infringed on

our Second Amendment right. It does not have that legal power and never

has. Neither do the courts. Banning semiautos is a clear infringement in

the same way I would handle it when encountered in the form of some

dirtball on the street. I'm not in the habit of handing over my guns to

any criminal, regardless of title or elected office.


This too is an American attitude older than our Republic. It was

essentially a British gun-grabbing attempt that ignited our Revolution.

The lessons of Lexington and the conviction of Concord are sorely needed

in out time. The Declaration of Independence has a lot to say about the

reasons to dispose of government. And none of them are to be taken

lightly. In this writer's opinion we are far beyond the of tyranny,

which the minds of Jefferson, Washington and Madison decided was their

bottom line. If we are not now on the verge of a similar point, with

similar actions presenting themselves as strong possibilities, then we

have tacitly declared Jefferson and company criminals, and their

subsequent government illegitimate. But history has shown this is

decidedly not the case; the greatest experimentation in government has not

been a complete failure. We've just let our elected government and its

bureaucracies slip from the "chains" that Mr. Jefferson knew were the

proper abode for all government.


It is not time to scrap our Constitution, it is time to reinstate it as

the lawful rule in this country. That is best done with the Constitution



Either we take the preamble of our Constitution seriously or we submit to

the illegitimate and illegal actions of our elected officials as god in

our lives. Our forefathers gave us a great gift: "We the People in Order

to the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity

[that's us] do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United

States of America." The Founders are gone, but what they gave us is still

alive enough to save the "blessings of Liberty" if we've the courage to

use it. It is to this point that I write these words and sign them with

the intent of pledging my life, any other free Americans left who will do



There are those who will honestly question the need to draw such a line at

this point. In rebuttal to that I'll point to the example of Rhodesia and

the great concern of our founders over standing armies with the need to

have an equally armed Militia. We cannot hope to prevail against a

tyrannical government armed with fully automatic weapons when we are

reduced to bolt actions or worse. We can prevail with our semi's, and they

know it -- from behind every tree and rock, in a wholly American

expression of "don't tread on me." You see, it is not street crime driving

the anti-gunners, it is the complete disarmament of the American populace.

If they've taken our semi's, they'll eventually get the rest without

risk. Do I know what I'm suggesting here? Yes, I do.


I am speaking of the specter of civil war while adamantly hoping it can be

avoided. It is true that one shot could ignite a civil war under such a

scenario but if so, as a Lexington, it would be a "shot heard round the

world". Because if it were to occur our goal ought to be the reinstitution

of the Constitution and the rule of law in our unraveling society.

Further. it should be taken to the doors of those instigating such illegal

acts that might precipitate a civil war; their vote for such a bill will

mean they are to be put on trial for treason and conspiracy to violate

our civil rights. This would include the president who signs it and

perhaps the newspaper columnist and broadcast media who rail for its



In the words of Sir Winston Churchill, whose mother incidentally was an

American, "Still if you will not fight for the right when you can easily

win without bloodshed, if you will not fight when your victory will be

sure and not so costly, you may come to the moment when you will have to

fight with all the odds against you and only a precarious chance for

survival. There may be a worse case. You may have to fight when there is

no chance of victory, because it is better to perish than to live as

slaves.' To those who would consider burying their semi's in the

backyard, I suggest a careful consideration of these words. We are nearly

at a critical crossroads in the course of this nation. What we bequeath to

our children (our posterity) should be no less than what was given us, the

chance to live as free men and women. Will you act when this critical

moment arrives, or bow at the feet of your newfound god-feet that would

soon be found to be wearing jackboots when they come to kick in your

unprotected door?

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