We have all heard, or even spoken, the words, "When they come to get my gun, they"ll have to. . ." Have we ever thought, though, of the consequences? If the effort to take your guns were in violation of the Constitution, should you be guilty of a crime if you defend that right? Isn"t the second amendment in place to prohibit government from taking your gun, or that right, from you?
Let"s look at this another way. Suppose you were kidnapped and held for unknown thousands of dollars, and until such "ransom" was paid, you would be held. Would you have the right to resist that "kidnapping", with deadly force, if deadly force was applied in the kidnapping? What if that kidnapping were conducted by a "law enforcement officer?"
I"ve discussed the intent of the Fifth Amendment in the past, so it is not necessary to cover that ground again. The "right" of arrest, except during the commission of certain crimes, lies with the people, and with no other (especially law enforcement). This was a fundamental, and necessary, concept in the eyes, and words, of the Founding Fathers.
The right to defend yourself against deadly force is clearly laid out in Runyan v. State (57 Ind. 80). The right to defend yourself against deadly force against a police officer is laid out clearly in Plummer v. State (135 Ind. 308). The right to resist unlawful arrest with deadly force is clearly laid out in John Bad Elk v. U.S. (177 U.S. 529).
In the matter of George Sibley (State of Alabama v. George E. Sibley, Cause CC-93-954) the judge and both attorneys dealt with whether George Sibley shot, and killed, a police officer. The matter of George Sibley, however, is not a matter of whether George shot a police officer. It is a matter of much greater urgency to all of us. It is whether George Sibley had the right to shoot the police officer. The matter that many of us may face if "they come to take our guns." The attorneys and the court have decided that George should be put to death for defending his, and our, right NOT to be arrested, without cause.
Back to your guns. Does it make sense that we can only come to this reality when we are the victim? Or should we stand now for the right of others to defend those rights guaranteed by the Constitution. Would you prefer that you would be considered guilty when all you were doing was what the government failed to do?
For those who might like to direct their "redress of grievance" to the Alabama Supreme Court, the fax number is (205) 242-0588; voice is (205) 242-4609.
Can we allow the conviction of someone who has stood for our rights? David Koresh stood, with his, and the church members lives, to protect every door in America from unlawful search. George Sibley, Jr. stood, with Lynda Lyon, to protect the Liberty of every American. George is now in need of funds and assistance in the preparation of his appeal for a new trial, and, if necessary, to carry his case to the supreme Court. If all of us "inconvenienced" ourselves out of five or ten dollars, and mailed that to:
George Sibley Defense Fund
[address to be added]
We would be contributing to a higher level of justice than we are now able to secure, for ourselves and our friends. It"s not much, so, please - do it now.
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