Defending the Constitution is not the
"Wild West Revisited"
by Rick Stanley
Editorial sent to Media on November 29, 2001

The 11/16/2001 Denver Business Journal article entitled "The 'Wild West' Revisited" read, in part, as follows:

"For a laugh you might mark down December 15th on your calendar. That's the day Libertarian U.S. Senate candidate Rick Stanley plans to have himself arrested on the steps of the state Capitol in a demonstration against Second Amendment rights infringement."

I do not consider defending the Constitution to be a laughing matter. Some Americans don't remember the multitudes of patriots who have died defending the birthright of American citizens. It appears that the Denver Business Journal (DBJ) doesn't remember them, either.

Don't come down to the Capitol for a laugh. Come down to defend your rights. The local, state and federal governments of America are acting in an unconstitutional way. They are taking away all of your important individual rights. Those rights are guaranteed by Amendments One through Ten, also known as the Bill of Rights. The Second Amendment is the cornerstone of the Constitution. Without it, the citizens of this country could not defend themselves against the growing tyranny of our current unconstitutional government.

The Constitution is a specific grant of authority to the U.S. government from the American people. Similarly, the Colorado constitution authorizes the existence of state government. Without this sanction of the citizens, our government would have no lawful authority whatsoever.

What? You say the US government and the state government have violated their oaths to defend their respective constitutions. That now they govern by their own will? I can't believe the people of Colorado and America will tolerate a government that does not obey its own fundamental law. It just can't happen, America!

In response to the DBJ's remark that the cops have demonstrated extreme dislike for gun toters who aren't other cops, and the statement that I might be making a big mistake, I have this to say. An individual citizen of this country has just as much authority to arrest a lawbreaker as a uniformed Denver cop does. That is the law. The Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms is one of the supreme laws of the land. The Colorado Constitution, Article II, Section 13, which guarantees every person's right to keep and bear arms in defense of person, home and property, does not say "except in Denver."

The making of an unconstitutional law is just as illegal as the breaking of a constitutional law. The rights of the people cannot lawfully be infringed by Denver cops, or by other government agents, who are acting illegally when they enforce unconstitutional laws. Should a Denver cop really try to enforce an unconstitutional and therefore illegal law such as Denver Revised Municipal Code chapter 38-117.5(b)? Would the Denver cop be violating his own oath to defend the Constitution?

How should an American citizen respond to someone with a gun and a badge, who is bent on enforcing an unconstitutional and illegal law? How should hundreds, or even thousands of responsible American citizens keeping and bearing arms for their own self defense respond to another American citizen wearing a police uniform and carrying a gun, if that uniformed citizen were to pull his gun out and assault another law-abiding citizen? Will that happen on Bill of Rights Day, December 15, 2001?

The government tells us to obey the laws of this country. If you don't, you will pay the price. When does your government pay its bill?

Will I be making a big mistake? Will the Denver police uniforms be making a big mistake? I and others like me have an extreme dislike for gun toters who would violate our constitutional rights. Americans who defend their constitutional rights are patriots, not criminals. My children and grandchildren will know that at least one of their ancestors had the courage to say "no more."

Every right protected by the Constitution is worth standing up and fighting for. American patriotism starts at home -- here, and now, and forevermore. Don't throw your children's birthright away. Defend your liberty with pride. Defend it with your life itself, as our ancestors did. To do less is to dishonor a great heritage that was once the envy of the world.

Restore freedom. Protect freedom.

Liberty in our lifetime!



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