When it comes to law enforcement, I see two polar extremes in the political realm. On one hand you have the bootlickers who will literally justify anything and everything, no matter how egregious, as long as it is perpetrated by a dude with a badge. On the other hand, you have the anti-law and order, essentially anarchist, liberals, who blame law enforcement for unjustly targeting minorities and using it as an excuse for terrorist groups like Black Lives Matter to riot and cause civil unrest, all while increasing the divide between police and the communities they serve. Both views are equally inane and idiotic.
First, I am a firm believer in law and order. I believe that respect for just authority is integral to a free society, and that liberty without order/hierarchy is nothing more than anarchy. I respect the sacrifices of our law enforcement officials in protecting the people and keeping them safe from violent crime. When hardline libertarians complain about “unjust laws” which cops enforce, such as bans on drugs such as marijuana, I believe, as I have elaborated in prior essays, that such laws, while I disagree with them, are constitutional if enacted by state governments rather than the federal government. There is nothing in the constitution prohibiting state governments from criminalizing unsavory behaviors simply because they are nonviolent, and state police have the right and responsibility to enforce state laws as well as constitutional federal laws.
That being said, authority should only be respected so long as it does not infringe on civil liberties. I cannot and will not support, for example, law enforcement officials who enforce gun bans, which violate the second amendment, or those who perform unwarranted searches, which violates the 4th amendment. Just as law enforcement officials are obligated to enforce constitutional laws and citizens are obligated to obey them, LEOs are just as obligated to disregard unconstitutional laws, and citizens are obligated to resist them. Furthermore, state governments should have the right to direct their law enforcement agencies to ignore unconstitutional federal laws.
I am a firm, unwavering believer in the right of the people to keep and bear arms, viewing it as an integral part of the right to revolution enshrined in the Declaration of Independence. I believe in the concept of the citizen militia, or “a nation of minutemen,” as JFK put it, as the last resort of freedom. I view an armed citizenry as essentially the fourth check on the federal government, as a bulwark standing between liberty and tyranny. Hence, I believe in an absolute right to keep and bear arms because it is the only way in which the citizenry can play this important role. I believe that private citizens have the right to own any weapon that could be possibly be construed as useful in a potential revolution. This includes, but is not limited to, semi and fully automatic weapons, RPGs, grenades, howitzers, tanks, and armored vehicles. I believe all federal arms legislation, from the gun control act of 1934 all the way to the current bump stock ban, should be repealed, but that states should have very limited authority to enact very minor regulation such as background checks. I believe that we should enact national concealed carry reciprocity to ensure that law abiding gun owners don’t become criminals once they cross state lines. I believe that the second amendment’s words “shall not be infringed” allow for no federal control of firearms. Moreover, I see the second amendment as defending all the rights enshrined in the others, because without the firepower necessary to secure them, rights are merely words on paper. Overall, in my view, the right to bear arms is absolute, unrestricted, and essential to the survival of a free republic. Allowing the government to restrict the second amendment essentially allows it to restrict other freedoms as well. An armed citizenry is the most effective defense of liberty against potential federal tyranny. The rifle is the weapon of democracy. Those who would take it away are its enemies. All gun laws are an infringement. #maga #nra #comeandtakeit #2A #colddeadhands #molonlabe #secondamendment #freedom #liberty #liberal #conservative #libertarian #trump #trump2020 #makeamericagreatagain #republican #democrat #gun #ar15