Vail Daily letter: Taking our rights
Ryan Summerlin April 24, 2013
The United States was the first modern nation formed around the principle of consent of the governed. The term implies that the people of a country or territory are sovereign, and only give their consent, in concert, to be governed for so long as their welfare and beneficial interests are sub-served.
As it was written in the Declaration of Independence dence, “Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed,” so it was memorialized in the Second Amendment to the Constitution of the United States as an assurance for the people that they can indeed and effectively withdraw that consent when the burden of government outweighs the whatever benefits it offers. The means by which the people or individual states, as the case may be, can effectively withdraw that consent is either through a fair electoral process or by a force of arms that is also effective.
“Effectiveness,” now that is the rub. The current litany of enactments, executive orders, bills and schemes proffered by our sunshine patriots”and so-called progressives, to use a euphemism, are all designed to eradicate the people’s right to effectively bear arms in withdrawing their consent to be governed by a tyrannical or autocratic regime purporting to represent them. Where our representatives have themselves turned rogue, and ignored the constitutional mandates of limited government, the electoral process has failed. It has ceased to be effective in protecting the interests of the people.
What has now taken place in Colorado, with the aid of our immediate representatives (Bush, Hammer, Hickenlooper) has been attempted in Washington, D.C., with the aid of our distant representatives (Polis, Udall, Obama et al), and that is to effectively disarm the people by attrition – first a ban on semi-automatic guns (assault rifles) and medium-capacity magazines, then any firearm whatsoever, all under the pretense of effectively fighting crime. What a charade!
So blatant is this ruse that even a sizable number of state law enforcement officers will not enforce these new rules and ineffective statutes. And this is admittedly so, as confirmed by the democratically controlled Colorado Legislature in its consideration of Senate Bill SB-13-013 signed into law this month.
This law authorizes federal law enforcement officers and military personnel to arrest state officers who refuse to enforce state and federal gun control laws. How draconian and inane can our representatives be when they create their own turf war and redefine who the enemy is – other law enforcement officers and the law-abiding citizen.
In our state Constitution, it is also written that “the 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.”