By Nathan Barton
The infamous Ninth Nazgul, that FedGov collection of terrorists and thugs and autocrats (by appointment of His Grace the Tyrant) has struck again. As reported by JPFO and PrisonPlanet which seems to have the most interesting take on it, including the scream of protest from yet ANOTHER elected chief thug (the Governor of the once free nation of Texas), Seven of the Eleven of the Ninth have declared that the Second Amendment to the US Constitution does not allow concealed carry as a right. “The right of a member of the general public to carry a concealed firearm in public is not, and never has been, protected by the Second Amendment,” their ruling says.
You know what? They are right. But at the same time that they are right, they are lying. And it is clear that they know it. The Second Amendment says nothing about HOW people (public, general public, or anyone else) can BEAR their arms, simply that they CAN. And it says, very clearly and simply: “…the right of the People to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.” What does “bearing” mean? You, the PERSON, decide HOW to bear that arm, that weapon. You can openly carry, you can carry concealed, you can even drag it behind you in a little red wagon. YOU DECIDE. Not just on open carry, but HOW you open carry: slung over your shoulder, worn in a tiedown holster, tucked in a back pocket, on the front of your belt-buckle, or clipped onto the outside of your purse. AND you decide how you carry concealed: in that side pocket on your cargo pants, tucked inside your belt and waistband, on the back of your belt buckle, under your hat, in your purse, inside your belt, or whatever.
And, get this, it isn’t JUST firearms (just as it isn’t JUST muzzleloading, single-shot, black powder burning firearms). It applies to knives, to axes, to halbards and pikes, to bolos, and yes, even to sticks and stones. It can be the skean dhu inside the top of my stockings, or that Gerber Mark I inside the top of my combat boots, or that little dagger dangling down between my shoulder blades. Or those weird holsters that fit onto bras. Or that little spring-loaded clip up the sleeve of your dress jacket.
The Nazgul are lawyers: they KNOW how to mince words. And even though four of the Eleven didn’t agree with the majority, they STILL play the lawyer game of not airing the dirty laundry and not pointing out the truth. Their collegiality is more important than liberty or honesty.
Yes, it is okay to be sick to your stomach, if you are just being told about this basic fact of life for the first time.
The entire business of carrying concealed has been controversial for a very long time, and fought over constantly.
Consider, first, Colorado. The Colorado Constitution (first established in 1876) states in Article II, § 13 of the Colorado Constitution provides that “[t]he right of no person to keep and bear arms in defense of his home, person and property, or in aid of the civil power when thereto legally summoned, shall be called in question; but nothing herein contained shall be construed to justify the practice of carrying concealed weapons.”
I was taught that last clause was put in there because carrying concealed was a tinhorn’s trick, unfair, ungentlemanly, and a low-down dirty trick. The reasoning for this constitutional provision may make sense around a gambling table, but for a century it was used to PROHIBIT concealed carry, and is STILL used today to “regulate” the purchase, ownership, bearing (or wearing or carrying), and use of arms by the thugs who constantly control the Colorado General Assembly and who sit in the governor’s office. And the Nazgul who support and encourage them.
That changed, for a while, but then after Columbine and Aurora and Colorado Springs – all incidents made nightmares where people were unable to defend themselves, their loved ones, and their neighbors because they were in essence disarmed by the state and local authorities – the hoplophobes and hoploclasts are back in the catbird’s seat.
Colorado is not the only state to do that: so did Florida, and so did Texas. Texas’ sad history is worth a separate article.
But as regards California, and the Ninth, let me leave my readers with these thoughts.
If keeping and bearing arms IS a fundamental human right protected by the US Constitution, and IF carrying concealed is NOT such a right, then it means that CARRYING OPENLY (or in any manner other than “concealed”) IS a fundamental right which cannot be taken away or modified (“infringed”) by any federal, state, local, tribal or any other sort of government (including private organizations and even private individuals). There are no other choices. There is no “REASONABLE” regulation to deny ANY human the right to bear arms OPENLY.
Secondly, notice that these Nazgul said NOTHING about the 9th and 10th Amendments in the Bill of Rights. If the “right to carry concealed” is not explicitly stated in the US Constitution, it is surely protected by the general language as being one of the rights reserved by “The People” for ourselves. You see, California has NOTHING in the state’s constitution’s Declaration of Rights about a right to keep and bear arms, BUT there is nothing in the constitution that gives California’s state government any authority to DENY that right, given by God and stated in the US Constitution (which California’s state government CLAIMS to adhere to).
Which actually, when you get right down to it, nullifies the entire argument: those cities, those counties, and that great State of California (I’m being sarcastic, note please) HAVE NO AUTHORITY TO REQUIRE A PERMIT TO CARRY CONCEALED. The people who live in California HAVE NO LEGAL OR MORAL OBLIGATION to even go to their local sheriff or any other agency to beg for permission to carry – openly OR concealed.
Enough. It is time for the people of California to exercise their God-given rights. Yeah, even those people who DON’T believe in God can exercise those rights.