A Refresher on Rights



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By Donald L. Cline. August 9th, 2015

Do we have a right to keep and bear arms? Or do we have a privilege to keep and bear arms?

What’s the difference?

The difference is,

• Rights are beyond the reach of government. No one has to ask government for permission to exercise a right that does not interfere with anyone else’s right.

• Privileges are issued or denied by government, and may be revoked by government.

Do we have a right to be secure from interrogation, search of our persons, houses, papers, and effects, and seizure of anything (including other rights) in the absence of a warrant founded on probable cause of criminal conduct?

The 4th Amendment, U.S. Constitution, says we do.

Do we have a right to be secure from being deprived of our rights without due process by a Court of Criminal Law?

The 5th Amendment, U.S. Constitution, says we do.

Do we have a right to be secure from the federal exercise of power not delegated, and the State exercise of power prohibited to the States?

The 10th Amendment, U.S. Constitution, says we do.

Then why do we allow the federal government to compel violation of our 4th, 5th, and 10th Amendment rights so it can issue or deny us permission to exercise our 2nd Amendment rights? Why do we allow the federal government to even license firearm dealers?

We are sovereign citizens of the first nation in fifty centuries (in forever!) to establish the principle that private individual rights trump the arbitrary whim of kings and princes and neighborhood warlords and even majority rule by voter initiative. If we want to restore our Constitutional Republic, take it away from this rogue occupation government not deriving every scintilla of its Power from the Consent of the Governed (The U.S. Constitution), then we had better stop asking government permission to exercise our rights; we’d better stop the Bloomberg Universal Background Check Initiative, and we had better repeal The Brady Act of 1993, the Gun Control Act of 1968, and the National Firearms Act of 1934. There isn’t much time left to save our country.

Don Cline


I have never met a pro-active gun-banner yet who didn't harbor a secret desire to beat someone senseless with their fists and their feet, or perhaps with a baseball bat, for being ... "difficult". For not doing as they are told. For not agreeing with whatever nonsense they wish to blather. For not worshipping the ground they walk on. Gun-banners hate gun owners because gun owners don't have to put up with their crap. It must be terribly frustrating, poor things.

--Donald L. Cline

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