On Christmas day 1776 George Washington’s army had collapsed from 30,000 to 2,500 men. One third of those men wrapped their feet in burlap and marched many miles in the snow, leaving a trail of blood to finally cross the icy Delaware River in a snow storm. These dedicated men finally captured the trained professional army of German soldiers. That took guts. Now if George Washington and his men had been living in Illinois they would have had to ask the government for permission to keep and bear an arm, by acquiring a FOID card so they could buy a gun and the ammunition to go in it. Unless, of course, they are from ‘out-a-state,’ in which case they don’t need no ‘stinkin’ FOID card. How many think he would have been granted a FOID card if King George would have been in charge?
Within a few days we will be turning in our Petition to place Pike County’s version of the 2nd Amendment, commonly known as the “Constitutional Carry of Arms” ordinance, on the ballot so that we have some semblance of a chance of exercising a God given right to keep and bear arms in the manner of our forefathers. I have been told repeatedly by various officials that County law cannot supersede state law. I agree. However no law, including state law, can supersede the US Constitution (USC). The USC secures, via the 2nd and 14th amendments, the right to keep and bears arms to every individual. It says, “Shall NOT be infringed.” The FOID card and all laws requiring permission of government or King George, to exercise a fundamental right to keep and bear an arm are blatantly unconstitutional.
As with George Washington’s men, who stuck it out with him in the worst possible conditions, we may have to call on the People of Pike County to come out in the worst weather and at inconvenient times, to stand together and see this thing through, to help the officials understand by sheer numbers that “shall NOT be infringed,” does not mean, “shall not be infringed very much!” I suspect that none of us will have to stand with our feet wrapped in burlap.
I defy any attorney, any official, no matter how high up the honcho line they go to tell the People of Pike County with a straight face that any of the signers of the Declaration of Independence should have to ask permission of Pat Quinn or the like for a FOID card so they can own and carry an arm in defense of themselves, their family, their friends and their Country. That was a mouthful; however the People of Pike County are just as “equal” in the fundamental natural rights as any of the signers. The signers pledged their very lives, their sacred honor and their fortunes that we might have Liberty. Many of the signers lost it all except their honor in that war for Independence.
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