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April 12, 1861
The Obama Administration, with the zealous support of leading Democrats in the Senate, such as Diane Feinstein, Chuck Schumer, and Frank Lautenburg, is seeking to dismantle the Second Amendment through executive orders and legislation. Charlie Rangel, the disgraced Congressman from New York, indicates that southern culture must be "overcome" to achieve this goal (Charlie Rangel Calls for a New Era of Reconstruction in the South?). Thousands have marched to protest infringements of their right to keep and bear arms at state capitols nationwide, gun racks of retailers grow bare, and ammunition becomes scarce. Is another civil war brewing in America?
The political climate is not too far detached from that of 1860. An unpopular President has just been inaugurated, elected largely because of the representative advantages of sprawling urban populations whose values and expectations are much different than those of their suburban and rural neighbors. Polarizing issues such as disproportionate taxation, national health care, and gun control challenge the construction of the Constitution and its proper interpretation. People are frustrated and angry. According to Larry Hyatt, the owner of the largest independently owned gun shop in America, "People are outraged. They hate the government. I don't think we've seen this much divisiveness since the Civil War." (Nation's Biggest Gun Store Calls for Revolt, Fox Nation, January 17, 2013)
Just as in 1860, disaffected citizens who have lost confidence and no longer feel represented at the Federal level, are calling upon state and local government to protect the rights that they believe are protected by the Constitution. In response, they are turning to Nullification, a doctrine expounded by Thomas Jefferson in the Kentucky Resolutions, which state "...that whensoever the general government assumes undelegated powers, its acts are unauthoritative, void, and of no force...." (What are the Kentucky and Virginia Resolutions?) Efforts to nullify Obamacare have already been witnessed in Indiana, Maine, New Jersey, Oklahoma, and South Carolina.
Recently, county sheriffs, spearheaded by Sheriff Tim Mueller of Linn County, Oregon, have voiced intentions to prevent enforcement of unconstitutional legislation; the Utah Sheriff's Association issued a matter of fact letter to the President which said: "We, like you, swore a solemn oath to protect and defend the Constitution of the United States, and we are prepared to trade our lives for the preservation of its traditional interpretation." (Utah sheriffs warn Obama they'll die to defend Second Amendment) Local governments such as that of Beaufort County, North Carolina, a state known to be "first in freedom" with a revolutionary disposition dating to 1764 with the War of the Regulation, and Franklin County, Indiana have taken action to protect the Second Amendment. In Missouri, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee,Texas, Utah, West Virginia, and Wyoming legislation is pending that would nullify Federal violations of the Second Amendment and permit prosecution of Federal agents attempting to enforce them.
In the midst of this fervent national climate, the U.S. Military Academy’s Combating Terrorism Center has released a study linking anti-abortionists, anti-federalists, and supporters of U.S. sovereignty to terrorism. (West Point: 'Far right' dangerous to U.S.) This follows the infamous report from the Department of Homeland Security that stated:
"The possible passage of new restrictions on firearms and the return of military veterans facing significant challenges reintegrating into their communities could lead to the potential emergence of terrorist groups or lone wolf extremists capable of carrying out violent attacks."
Proposed imposition of firearms restrictions and weapons bans likely would attract new members into the ranks of rightwing extremist groups, as well as potentially spur some of them to begin planning and training for violence against the government. The high volume of purchases and stockpiling of weapons and ammunition by rightwing extremists in anticipation of restrictions and bans in some parts of the country continue to be a primary concern to law enforcement. (Rightwing Extremism: Current Economic and Political Climate Fueling Resurgence in Radicalization and Recruitment, P. 2, U.S. Department of Homeland Security. 7 April 2009)
Such reports establish a very broad framework in which lawful dissent and the exercise of constitutional rights can be deemed "domestic terrorism". A further example of this is found in a routine training exam of the Department of Defense that identifies protests, the right to peacefully assemble, as "low level terrorism". (Pentagon Exam Calls Protests 'Low-Level Terrorism,' Angering Activists, Fox News, June 17, 2009) Such far reaching, elastic definitions of terrorism that apply to large groups of law abiding citizens offer a frightful and unsettling correlation with the latest renewal of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), which permits indefinite detentions. Does this mean that the Federal government expects civil unrest and anticipates detaining and imprisoning citizens under the convenient label of "terrorist"?
State and local governments are drawing lines in the sand to halt overreaching, Federal encroachments upon liberty and this is the greatest manifestation of anti-federalism possible. If this constitutes terrorism, Federal action should be expected and it appears that preparations beyond detention under NDAA are being made. Abounding reports indicate that DHS has ordered over one billion rounds of ammunition for weapons chambered in .40 S&W, .223, and .308 calibers, (Why does Homeland Security need 1.4 billion rounds of ammunition?, American Thinker, September 20, 2012) which are commonly used by police and military for combat applications. Lately, a rumor that President Obama wants military leaders who will fire on U.S. citizens has widely circulated the Internet. (Renowned author: Obama wants military leaders who will fire on U.S. citizens) Is civil war brewing in America? There are startling warning signs, both past and present. Yesterday, at a time when restraint and conciliation would seem prudent, Senator Feinstein introduced inflammatory, gun ban legislation that will undoubtedly spark reactions; in the end, only time will tell.