The ignorance of the American people with respect to the Second Amendment is startling:

‘A well-regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.’

As a descendant of 18 men who fought in the American Revolution (1776-1783), I understand that the right to keep and carry a weapon, not just a gun, exists as the final and fundamental protection against tyranny. This is not about protecting the ability of hunters to plug a deer or an elk. This is not about the joys of target shooting. This is about having the ability to kill someone who is intent on taking your life, your liberty or your property.

My ancestors enjoyed the right in a variety of ways. There was Jeremiah Burnett the II (my fifth great grandfather):

He enlisted on 26 December 1776 from Amherst Co., Virginia for six months in the Revolutionary War and was a private in the 10th Virginia Regulars under Capt. James Franklin. The company muster roll of 31 May 1777 shows that he and his brother, John, deserted on 15 March 1777. Bork indicates that Mr. Ray Blevins had related to her and that she had heard the same story while in Wayne Co., Kentucky on several trips, that Jeremiah of Wayne was called “Big Jerry.” and was a champion bare-fist fighter. He is said to have bitten a finger from an opponent when the opponent played dirty. Also Jerry had captured two British Officer’s and to humiliate them, he made them drink whiskey from his hands until they became drunk. Realizing the difficulty he faced, due to his conduct, he went AWOL from the Army.

Knowing the story of Big Jerry helps me understand some of my tendencies. They may be genetic.

Then there was Samuel Crowley. I picked up the following story at

SAMUEL CROWLEY has been credited as the first man to die in the Revolutionary War at Point Pleasant on the 10th of October 1774. Almost any history of the day of the battle repeats the story of the TWO hunters (scouts) who went out “very early” at dawn on that calamitous day and discovered a large Indian force on the Ohio bank and ONE WAS KILLED and the survivor returned to give the alarm that the Indians were on them. That “ONE” was SAMUEL CROWLEY of SMITH RIVER, while acting as a scout against the Indians under General Andrew Lewis.

Great Grandpa Crowley died in that battle.

And there was Captain John Sloan, who was killed at the battle of Ramsour’s Mill (North Carolina):

During the Revolutionary War Capt. John Sloan received orders to report with 13 men to Ramsour’s Mill in Lincoln County. On Sunday morning, June 18, 1780, he, along with Davidson, Sharpe, Falls and Houston joined other troops from the Catawba Valley. The Tories outnumber them 3 to 1, but a retreat would encourage the Tories. They decided to march throughout the night and surprise the Tories at daybreak. At the end of fierce fighting, some with swords, about 70 were lost by the Patriots, including George and Andrew Davidson and Capt. John Sloan.

Great Grandpa Sloan and his neighbors, who were committed to the Revolution, were fighting other neighbors who were loyal to King George. They could not rely on the “government” to fight for them or protect them. Why? Because America was born in the promise that each and every person was endowed by their Creator with certain rights that could not be abrogated nor usurped by a King. Having the power and wherewithal to fight back is the heart and soul of the Second Amendment.

Americans have surrendered many of their rights since 1776. Even staunch conservative justices like Scalia have manufactured an excuse to keep certain weapons–e.g., machine guns and bazookas–out of the hands of citizens. The right to keep and bear arms has been infringed to some degree.

We will see where the debate goes once Obama and his team unveil their proposals. But I guarantee you one thing–if Dawn Lafferty Hochsprung, the Principal of Sandy Hook Elementary School had been properly armed and trained, she would have had a good chance of stopping a crazed soul from slaughtering her and her students. We cannot ban the ability of someone to kill someone else. We can try futile, feckless methods to limit the number of people a crazy person can kill. But ultimately, you can always find a work around in an open society. It is only when you surrender your freedom and civil liberties that you can obtain the illusion of 100% security. And such security is a fantasy that weak minded, cowardly people grasp for desperately when confronted with the reality of evil.

As for me and my house, our guns our loaded and we will fight those who threaten our lives and property.

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Larry C. Johnson is a former analyst at the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency, who moved subsequently in 1989 to the U.S. Department of State, where he served four years as the deputy director for transportation security, antiterrorism assistance training, and special operations in the State Department's Office of Counterterrorism. He left government service in October 1993 and set up a consulting business. He currently is the co-owner and CEO of BERG Associates, LLC (Business Exposure Reduction Group) and is an expert in the fields of terrorism, aviation security, and crisis and risk management, and money laundering investigations. Johnson is the founder and main author of No Quarter, a weblog that addresses issues of terrorism and intelligence and politics. NoQuarterUSA was nominated as Best Political Blog of 2008.
  • FloridaFI

    Gun control explained. I feel safer already.


    this makes me even more angry with congress.
    couldn’t even show up for a reading of the Constitution. But I will bet that they made every event lobbyist gave

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    Isn’t there a doctor – patient confidentially law in states

    • Hokma

      privacy is an anathema in the world of Obama.


    petition to make any elected official pass mental heath background check prior to holding office

    I would sign that and make them have a mental exam yearly while in office


    charlie rangel southern states have cultures that we have to overcome to enact new gun laws


    Oregon sheriff’s letter to biden
    we will not let you turn citizens into criminals with unconstitutional actions by misguided politicians


    Florida Sen. Rubio: ‘Pres. Obama’s frustration with our republic and
    the way it works doesn’t give him license to ignore the Constitution’ –

  • Retired_from_SPOnaj

    Mr. Obama has revealed the hand that he intends to play on gun control, and it is the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPAA), also know as ObamaCare. In the future, firearms in the possesion of private citizens will have to be declared to the government in order to comply with this law, and this can be done under the existing authority of the Secretary of Health and Human Services granted under PPAA (don’t take my word for it, read it yourself). Buried in Mr. Obama’s announcement today was the first step, telling doctors that they “may” talk to patients about firearm safety. Next will be “will” or they won’t get paid, and then will be mandatory firearms identification and registration via mandatory PPAA patient questionnaires. Laugh now, it’s coming.

  • DianaLC

    Larry, I am also committed to the Second Amendment rights, even though I do not own a gun. I don’t because I’ve never been around them ever in my family, not for protection or for hunting. I am just too old right now. My eyes aren’t good, never have been, and I’m a total klutz. At this point in my life, I depend on my two big dogs, who are in the house and always near me. I know they could be killed by an armed robber, but I believe an unarmed robber would not come in with them around. Besides, I’d just let them have what they wanted since I am not that wealthy. It’s just stuff at this point. Oh, and we do have an alarm system.

    But I really understand, as I said, the inspiration for the Second Amendment. And I do fear a socialist government takeover more than I do robbers at this point. So I am at a loss for what I would do if that would happen. And I fear the young in the U.S. just don’t understand the threat. I would have to quietly go alone, I guess, while trying to find ways to work “underground.”

    But……back when Columbine was news here in CO there were also suggestions that school administrators and teachers should have guns. That frightened me as an idea.

    FIrst, there are some administrators and teachers who frighten me more than some of the students do. I could actually predict that some of them armed might just decide to go out of the world one day by killing a classroom of students before turning the gun on him/herself. Getting a teacher’s or a school administrator’s license and getting hired doesn’t always mean one is a totally sane person.

    Second, just as with idiots like the Harrises who had no clue that their son had an arsenal of deadly weapons stashed in their home or this mother in Newtown who actually decided she should teach her strange son to shoot weapons and that she should have an arsonal in her home also, I would also predict that there would be administrators and teachers who would not take the effort to keep track at all times of where their weapons were and of whether they were saftely out of reach of some of the strange kids in the building.

    I worked in a high school with a student population of approximately 1,500 and with an adult population of staff, administrators, and teachers of only 100. There was an assigned police officer in our building also (with a gun handy). However, the odds were, in my mind, a bit more on the side of the students.

    I worked the first years of my teaching career in a junior high that was in the old high school building–the one my own mother attended. These were the old brick two story (with a few basement rooms) buildings with the huge windows in each classroom. My classroom was on the second foor.

    I had some pretty big ninth grade boys that year, bigger than I was. I would greet the students each class period by standing in the door and saying hi. When the bell rang and the hall cleared, I would shut the door and walk to the front of the room. One day, one of my big male students came running in right as I was shutting the door. He picked me up by the shoulders and carroed me to the front of the room, turned me around and put me down.

    He was a very good student, one whose parents I knew. I didn’t feel it was a threat. But another student at the time, did point out that they could all just decide one day to throw me out the window since those buildings were not very secure. Again, that was said in a joking manner. But I was always aware that we adults were there because the students basically went along with it.

    One of the most popular novels at the time, however, was entitled The Butterfly Revolution. Look it up.

    I’ve come to the conclusion that as far as schools go, we can try to do what we can to increase security so the bad guys don’t get in–students or otherwise. But I would not work in a building where I thought that guns were hiding all around the building.

    That said, I have to admit that public schools nowadays do frighten me. If I were a parent now with school-aged children, I would do whatever it took to home school.

    • buzzlatte3

      I heard a *futurist* give a speech in 1992-93. He predicted that large groups – such as in a school – would eventually be a thing of the past. The reason being was that large groups tended to become too hard to manage. The needs of all the children would be too diverse and that small satellite buildings throughout the city/ area and hubbed around an admin office would become the school design of the future. I’ve often thought of this over the last couple of weeks. Security would also be easier to manage. Although, honestly, if I had school-aged children I would homeschool today.

      • DianaLC

        It sounds logical to me. I do remember reading an early sci-fi story once (I think it was a Bradbury story) about Earth family settlers on Mars. Their children had to be schooled in their homes through visual communication devices. I think of that often when I see ads for the online high schools now available here. Remember that Bradbury wrote before computers. I do like the people who imagine the future.


    will backtrack slip in a unconfirmed person at ATF director in this gun pkg?


    backtrack : using my kids in an ad is repugnant and cowardly.
    me using someone else’s kids to prop up my agenda is ok


    W.H. readies 23 ‘executive actions’… Developing…

    Press doctors to ask patients about guns in home…

    ‘Health care providers’ to offer gun safety tips…

    ‘Counselors’ in schools…

    At least $4.5 billion in new spending…


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  • HARP2

    Texas Democrat Calls for Impeachment of Barack Obama – Compares Him to Hitler

    Rats jumping the ship.

  • Hokma

    And Larry, you really should author a book about your family heritage.

  • Hokma

    It seems that we have forgotten the real reason for the 2nd amendment which was to be able to protect ourselves and our family.

    It was also to balance the potential threat of a central government who will always be held accountable to the People as long as the People are as well armed as the government’s militia.

    Is there a purpose for a common person to own an AK-15? You bet your life and we are living through it right now.

    We are witnessing as close to a dictatorial President as we have had. Obama has no regard for the constitution or for anyone’s rights. Obama has no regard for dissenting views and i intolerant of any. Obama in just the past 2 months has shown that he will do whatever he wants and will use whatever means to do it. And the media has become a willing propaganda tool and is not a fourth estate to question him.

    If it were up to thugs like Governor Andrew Cuomo the government would confiscate weapons from private citizens. Think about that. Fortunately cooler heads prevailed in New York and Cuomo was neutralized with this new legislation.

    What is stopping Obama from deftly using EPA regulations concerning lead and forcing Fed from breaking into homes to confiscate ammunition? He is already using the IRS to force us to buy healthcare insurance or else.

    • elizabethrc

      I just heard on the news that a number of sheriffs across the country have said that if the 19 regs proposed by Obama are unconstitutional, they will not enforce them.
      Because an increasing number of states are standing up to Obama and turning inward to seek their own state solutions to his fiscal mismanagement, Obama may be losing control. He will at some point step over the line of what he may do constitutionally. Then what will happen, given that every Congressperson has sworn to uphold the Constitution. That supercedes any loyalty to any president.
      I look for the Supreme court to burn the midnight oil. They’re going to have a lot of petitions to digest.

      • Hokma

        Cuomo got reigned in by GOP in NYS otherwise it would never have passed and would never have passed constitutional muster. Cuomo has a tendency to have a very sort fuse and acts before he thinks.

        Obama was groomed as a socialist and as a confrontational revolutionary. That is all that he knows.

        The GOP will have to get equally confrontational and reign him in before he sows the seeds of another revolution.

  • elizabethrc

    The substantial increase in gun purchases sends a message which I think the Obama administration and liberals might well heed. They don’t trust this particular government.
    With Obama’s rather frightening desire to establish a stateside ‘militia’, ostensibly to tamp down civil ‘unrest’, many see this as an ominous step toward an overall takeover of citizens’ rights, similar to that seen in many dictatorships around the world. I tend to agree with them, although I hold the hope that I am wrong.
    No one wants an all-out civil war, but what else can this shelf clearing purchase frenzy be if not a manifestation of that fear and a rather in your face notice to Obama that Americans won’t go lightly.
    Never having been challenged by others in his life, Obama perhaps thought that he could get away with some sort of takeover. I’m not sure how far he is willing to go. That remains an unknown, but it is, in a way, heartening to see so much backbone being grown among the people. Heavens to Betsy, even the Congressional Dems are beginning to rumble a bit.
    “Don’t tread on me” may finally mean something again.

    • Sonya A. Willis

      Plus he’s used to his Obots slobbering all over him never questioning what he does. Remember how pissy he was during the 1st debate with Mitt Romney?

  • getfitnow

    Optics!! Theatrics!!

    I was disgusted, also, when W “used” the, so-called, snowflake children.

  • KenoshaMarge

    Are we at last brought to such humiliating and debasing degradation, that we cannot be trusted with arms for our defense? ~ Patrick Henry

  • getfitnow

    Why aren’t the Republican “leaders” talking about how they will protect our 2nd
    amendment rights? How about Rubio, Boehner, Cantor, Ryan, McDonnell………..

    • KenoshaMarge

      Cowering in a corner with their tails between their legs?

    • FloridaFI

      The following is a letter that I received from Senator Rubio after I sent him a letter requesting that he defend the 2nd Amendment. You’ll notice that he misquotes the 2nd Amendment.

      “Thank you for writing to me regarding the tragedy in Newtown, Connecticut. I share your concern for the victims of this tragedy.

      My heart breaks for the victims and families impacted by this senseless act of violence. In a world that can at times be defined by its darkness, children are a reminder of what is good, cheerful and beautiful about life. An act of violence against these defenseless young people, as well as the faculty and staff who dedicate themselves daily to educating and caring for them, is a
      deed of unconscionable evil. I pray that God holds Newtown close as the community continues to heal from this tragedy.

      In the aftermath of this unspeakable tragedy, like millions of Americans, I am looking for public policy changes that might prevent such a horrible event from
      happening again. I continue to be a strong supporter of the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution which guarantees citizens the right to safely and responsibly bear arms. At the same time, I have always been
      open to measures that would keep guns out of the hands of criminals and the mentally ill. In light of this horrible tragedy, I am open to new ideas to prevent mass tragedies like this from happening again.

      It is an honor and a privilege to serve as your United States Senator. I appreciate your concern regarding this situation. If I can ever be of assistance to you, please do not hesitate to contact me.


      Marco Rubio
      United States Senator”

    • Sonya A. Willis

      Because they are RINOS not true Conservatives.

  • Dave L.

    If this was 1938 Germany, Obama would be a member of the Nazi party, plain and simple !!


    PETA wants backtrack to include hunting ban in his anti gun measures

  • HARP2

    Interesting facts from another site.


    In 1929, the Soviet Union established gun control. From 1929 to 1953,about 20 million dissidents, unable to defend themselves, were rounded up and exterminated.

    In 1911, Turkey established gun control. From 1915 to 1917, 1.5 million Armenians, unable to defend themselves, were rounded up and exterminated.

    Germany established gun control in 1938 and from 1939 to 1945, a total of 13 million Jews and others who were unable to defend themselves were rounded up and exterminated.

    China established gun control in 1935. From 1948 to 1952, 20 million political dissidents, unable to defend themselves, were rounded up and exterminated.

    Guatemala established gun control in 1964. From 1964 to 1981, 100,000 Mayan Indians, unable to defend themselves, were rounded up and exterminated.

    Uganda established gun control in 1970. From 1971 to 1979, 300,000 Christians, unable to defend themselves, were rounded up and exterminated.

    Cambodia established gun control in 1956. From 1975 to 1977, one million educated people, unable to defend themselves, were rounded up and exterminated.

    Defenseless people rounded up and exterminated in the 20th Century because of gun control: 56 million.

  • HARP2

    Bundesbank to pull gold from New York and Paris in watershed moment

    This is what`s known as a “red flag” boys and girls.

  • Fred82

    Right on Larry! Right on!

    BTW I still can’t help but see Communist subversives whenever I hear Leftists blabbing about the evils of guns. Who benefits if the American public is disarmed? China, the Russian Mafia, a slew of bad guys, and anyone that would want to invade the USA.

    • Sonya A. Willis

      Don’t forget his buddies the Muslim Brotherhood.

  • HARP2

    Well said Larry…..Please run for office.

  • Popsmoke

    Well I actually don’t believe that true assault weapons belong in the hands of just anyone. You want one? Go get a FFL. But that also is not the problem. There is an estimated 1.4 million assault type weapons legally owned now. Lets not talk about the illegal ones. However whats the ratio of crimes committed to the number of legally owned assualt weapons? Something like 000.3%?
    The issue with the active shooter incident is not reporting the tell tail signs to authorities BEFORE the incident takes place.
    While gun owners have to also take responsibility for security of the weapons they own.

    • HARP2

      A genuine assault weapon, as opposed to a legal definition, is a hand-held, selective fire weapon, which means it’s capable of firing in either an automatic or a semiautomatic mode depending on the position of
      a selector switch. These kinds of weapons are heavily regulated by the National Firearms Act of 1934 and are further regulated in some states

      However, current “assault weapon” legislation defines certain semi-automatic weapons as “assault weapons.” A semi-automatic weapon is one that fires a round with each pull of the trigger, versus an automatic weapon which continues to shoot until the trigger is released or the ammunition supply is exhausted. These kinds of “assault weapons” are sometimes referred to as military-style semi-automatic weapons.

      • Hokma

        In fact the difference between a legal rifle and a banned rifle may only be a pistol grip. That is just how ignorant these left wing political idiots are.

    • Fred82


      It is debatable as to whether or not civilian AR-15s and AKs are really assault weapons. Weapons that fire on auto and burst are already banned for the most part.

      Second, in the event of civil unrest or invasion, AR-15s, AKs, and other “assault weapons” would come in handy. These weapons worked well for Koreans in Los Angeles during the LA riots.

      Lastly, the number of crimes committed with “assault weapons” is extremely miniscule. Should they be banned and the murder rate not significantly drop, which it wouldn’t, what would they want to take away next?

      • HARP2

        If someone breaks into my house my AR15, now becomes a “defensive” weapon.

        • Fred82

          Yep. It sure does.

        • Hokma

          There was a police alert (one of many) the other day in Chicago of a band of thugs roaming the streets in a particular area robbing people. If this band of thugs broke into someone’s home I think I would want more than 6 bullets ready to go.

          In Chicago home invasion is common and not by a single person.

          If Obama bothered to care about what happens in Chicago then he night have a different perspective. Clearly Mayor Rahm Emanuel could not care less.