Gun control moves to the Colorado Senate

The key issue is the right to self-defense. Photo: Grand Junction Rally February 23, 2013

COLORADO SPRINGS, CO, February 27, 2013 — The anti-Second Amendment debate in the Colorado House ended last week with the passage of all four bills. Vice President Biden took time out of his Aspen ski vacation to call four vulnerable members of the House to assure them that the White House and OFA would campaign for them if they voted for the bills. Presumably, in Chicago style, there was also a threat if they voted against them.

The “debate” now moves to the state senate on Monday, March 4.

Colorado citizens are not taking these bills lying down.

Saturday, February 23rd was designated a Day of Resistance as three rallies were held in Canon City, Grand Junction and Denver. They were well attended by large, enthusiastic crowds. Mike Hollar, author of The Constitution Made Easy, spoke at the Denver rally, saying “This is not just a day of resistance; this is a day of defiance.”

Recall efforts are getting organized in a number of house districts. Since the efforts are just getting organized, there is little detail available at this time. Quite a number of citizens of all political persuasions are upset over the bills. People pointing out that they are registered Democrats have been seen posting to Facebook accounts, attending the rallies and posting comments online.

Pro-Second Amendment citizens have attended town halls held by Colorado state senators. In Pueblo on February 23rd, about 750 citizens attended a town hall hosted by Senator Angela Giron. On February 21, Senator Morgan Carroll fled her town hall at the Community College of Aurora rather than answer question about her sponsorship of anti-gun legislation. Unlike the town halls of 2009, these events received only local news coverage if they were reported at all.

There is now an online petition of censure called Censure Joe Salazar. Joe has become known nationally as the one who advocated safe zones instead of self-defense concealed carry on campus.

Although not as well publicized, Representative Paul Rosenthal suggested people should use Judo to defend themselves instead of guns. What the representative most likely is unaware of is that fact that Judo was developed in Japan as a last resort self-defense technique when other weapons were not available. Peasants, for example, were forbidden to own swords, the most advanced technological weapon of the day.

While it seems that the Gang of Four Democrat billionaires in Denver can buy elections for many of these people, they can’t buy them a brain. Then again, maybe that’s the way they like it.

Last Thursday a group of women came to the capitol to distribute rape prevention kits to legislators. The kits consisted of a whistle, a pen and instructions all in a plastic baggie that can double as a barf bag.

In the end, the entire debate is about the right to self-defense. The whole Second Amendment is about our natural right of self-defense. As natural rights, government can’t take them away against our will because they “are given to us by our Creator” and predate the formation of civil government. This right of self-defense includes not only criminals, but tyrannical government as well.

These are not new ideas.

The idea that we give up all of our rights to society was advocated by Thomas Hobbes in the early 17th century to justify absolute monarchy. His book was called Leviathan. Individuals gave up all of their rights to Leviathan in return for protection.

The other side of the argument was the idea that you only surrendered just as many rights to government as necessary but retained the rest. The chief advocate for that position was John Locke. Locke’s was a justification for the Glorious Revolution of 1688, which made the monarchy subordinate to Parliament.

The Founders were well aware of all this and came down firmly on the side of limited government.

Joe Salazar and Paul Rosenthal most likely have no clue about any of this history or, if they do, they think that because we drive cars instead of ride horses somehow this business of rights embedded in the Constitution are outdated and irrelevant.

Irrelevant, that is, until you face an attacker. Then what’s the right thing to do? Defend yourself (Locke) or blow your whistle and wait for Leviathan to come protect you (Hobbes)?

Even Hobbes admitted that when Leviathan could not protect you, you were on your own and had no duty to obey him.

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