I have a college major in history and the social sciences. My history classes were in American and European history. I taught high school American History and Government classes for a short period before I starting work as a federal employee.
When I studied government (political science) in college, our instructor Auburn Wells, always told us “It is not the big changes you have to worry about, because people will protest, but it is the small creeping changes you have to watch out for, for if you don’t, you will wake up one morning and all of your freedom will be gone.” The older I get, the smarter I realize he was.
Many founders of our government who signed the Declaration of Independence and became founding leaders of our country lost their property, their families, and some even lost their lives. They gave their efforts to give us freedom, liberty, and independence, if we can keep it today. I had at least six ancestors who fought in the Revolutionary Army, with one of them being killed in the Battle of Kings Mountain. Our founding fathers wanted freedom from government, not dependence on government. The American Constitution and Bill of Rights, in simplest terms, compile a carefully devised system to govern the government, not the people. They were written to restrict the government and to protect our inherent liberties and rights. They would, as Thomas Jefferson put it, “bind down with chains those who govern to keep them from mischief.”
Elected officials and government civil employees should be people of integrity, and people who enact and enforce laws, policies and practices of liberty which honor the sovereignty of the individual citizen.
I always told people and fellow workers during my 34 years as a federal employee, that I did not work for the federal government. I always insisted I worked for the citizens of the United States, especially those who paid taxes and those who received, or would be eligible for benefits from a federal program, and that these America. It is just like if you are employedto work at a corporation. You don’t really work for that corporation, because it is not a person; you work for the stockholders of the corporation.
Today, we have elected officials for federal, state, and local governments who forget their oaths to defend the federal and state constitutions and propose laws to take away freedoms from citizens and cause discord with their actions. They are forgetting who their bosses really are.
On Monday, March 4, 2019, my wife and I attended a Town Hall Meeting of concerned citizens of southern Illinois at the Family Life Center of the United Methodist Church in Enfield. A s t and i n g - room-only crowd was present in this large fellowship hall. Approximately 350 people signed in, but many others, arriving late, did not, so probably around 400 or more people were present for this meeting.
Featured speakers were State Senator Dale Righter, State Representative Darren Bailey, White County States Attorney Denton Aud, White County Sheriff Doug Meier, and Valinda & Mike Rowe of the Illinois Carry Organization. Loud applause broke out from the audience a number of times during these speeches as well as standing ovations, as all the speakers were opposed to gun laws restricting law abiding citizens.
This meeting was held because of SB107, a proposed bill in the Illinois State Senate. This bill, proposed by Julie A. Morrison from Deerfield, north of Chicago, would make it a felony to possess semi-automatic rifles, shotguns, and pistols. Semi-automatic rifles and shotguns are used by a majority of hunters. Semi-automatic pistols, such as the 9 millimeter, are used by nearly all law enforcement, such as the state police, local, city and village police, the sheriff and the deputy sheriffs, as well as many citizens for home defense.
I have talked to many men in prison in Illinois where I worked over a 16 year period. They all said they did not buy the guns they used to rob and murder people. They stole them or bought them on the black market from people who
did steal them. They also told me, “I’m not stupid. I won’t rob a business or house where people are present, if I know they have guns and will shoot back at me.”
I also asked them why they had robbed and killed. Nearly every one of them said to get money to buy drugs. When I was in high school and college, drug use was unheard of, and did not exist on high school and college campus.
I have seen men who, at one time, had a genius IQ, who had fried their brains on drugs and were almost like a vegetable and were mentally unfit to stand trial.
On March 8, 2019, I received an “Alert” message that State Senator Michael E. Hastings from Frankfort, Ill. (just southwest of Chicago) has introduced State Senate Amendment 1 to Senate Bill 44 to work with local law enforcement to seize Firearm Owners Identification (FOID) cards that are revoked or expired and to confiscate all firearms and ammunition in the possession of the individual. This would be done even if the individual had applied for a renewal of their FOID card and the State Police had delayed sending the new card. All firearms and ammunition in homes could be seized, even though another member of the household possessed a valid FOID card and owned some or all of the firearms and ammunition. There is nothing in the bill as to how a person can recover their firearms and ammunition if they re-acquire a FOID card or if they were wrongly seized.
Restricting possession of guns by law abiding citizens or restricting what guns they own will not stop criminals from getting guns or killing people. Remember, they are criminals and they don’t obey gun laws; only lawful citizens obey gun laws and they are not the ones using guns illegally.
May God bless America and Illinois and help us in our time of need.
More about American Freedom Under Attack will follow in future articles.
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