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By Miguel A. Faria, MD

For many years, the federal government has arrogated more power to itself at the expense of the individual states, including policing actions that should fall within the jurisdiction of state courts and not the federal judiciary. Likewise, federal government intrusion into every aspect of the lives of Americans continues to increase.

Therefore, it is imperative for Americans to realize that centralization of the police force is an authoritarian concept that is contrary to the U.S. Constitution. Our Founding Fathers decried “standing armies” as a feature of tyrannical government. Indeed, the exercise of police powers is a prerogative reserved for the states in a decentralized federal system of government—a constitutional republic.

Thus, the individual states of our nation were to be “laboratories of democracy.” And to be absolutely sure that they preserved their prerogatives, James Madison inserted the Tenth Amendment in the Bill of Rights, which specifically states:

The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the states, belong to the states respectively, or to the people.

Those powers include the police powers of law enforcement in crime control…not standing federal armies. Little by little, “progressive” jurists have sought to erode the U.S. Constitution with pronouncements to the contrary, assuming that most Americans would be caught napping.

Increasing federal policing actions has only resulted in the militarization of both federal and local law enforcement, which in turn has been responsible for several high-profile police shootings. These shootings have been conveniently used by the sensationalist left-leaning media to denigrate local police, foment racial unrest, and irresponsibly incite further violence, riots, and street crime.

Incredibly, some Democrat politicians have blamed the police and sided with the street thugs. The effect of this denigration and the unrelenting attacks on local law enforcement has predictably resulted in more violence, more urban disorder, and more crime. Although FBI statistics show that “75% of serious crimes at any locality are committed by 6% of repeat criminals or felons,” it is the individual law-abiding citizen who loses his liberty, bit by bit, and suffers from gun control laws.

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We know that citizens who have a concealed carry weapons (CCW) license commit very few crimes. In fact, less than one to two percent of CCW permit holders have done so, and the transgressions are usually technicalities. Yet the suggestion by gun prohibitionists is that citizens with lawful firearms are prone to violence and create mayhem, supposedly like in a Wild West scenario. This isn’t only incorrect, but it’s used to demonize all legal gun owners, who carry constitutionally or possess concealed carry licenses.

Gun prohibitionists also misconstrue the legal dictum of “stand your ground” laws, claiming that those laws cause people to instigate shootings. For example, using caustic and inflammatory rhetoric, Boston University Professor Michael Siegel and Research Manager Molly Pahn, two gun “researchers” in the public health establishment, extolled a public database of gun control laws they compiled as a springboard to further regulate firearms.

As they wrote about “stand your ground laws” . . .

States are increasingly enacting laws that allow people to shoot other people as a first resort in public, instead of retreating when threatened. If a person perceives a threat of serious bodily harm, so-called ‘stand your ground’ laws, allow them to fire their gun with immunity from prosecution, as long as they are in a place they have a legal right to be.

How is that for objective phraseology coming from purportedly unbiased public data analysts?

The authors, though, were correct when they reported that between 2004 and 2017, twenty-four states enacted “stand your ground” laws. However, they failed to mention that following adoption of the law there was no increase in the rates of criminal homicides or mass shootings in those 24 states.

That fact was apparently deemed too “inconvenient” to be mentioned in their article because it didn’t fit with their preconceived narrative and was contrary to what they were bent on proving.

Like other gun prohibitionists, Siegle and Pahn also misrepresented the so-called “gun show loophole” by which only licensed firearm dealers are required to do federal background checks. Again, they conveniently failed to reveal that in the past 10 years those who have committed homicides with a purchased firearm had all passed the federal background check—a fact even acknowledged by The New York Times.

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Additionally, several studies have demonstrated that common criminals obtain their guns almost exclusively through illegal means — through purchases made between known criminals or via theft, robberies, et cetera — so as not to subject themselves to the legal checks. Moreover, a U.S. Department of Justice study found that for a typical year, “among state prison inmates who possessed a gun at the time of the offense, less than two percent bought their firearm at a flea market or gun show, and 40 percent obtained their firearm from an illegal source.”

In summary, the government, assisted by gun prohibitionists — authoritarian Democrat legislators, biased public health researchers, and the liberal media — has sought and continues to pursue the objective of disarming law-abiding citizens in piecemeal fashion. Yet, in the spring and summer of 2020 during the COVID-19 lockdowns and the George Floyd “summer of love” riots, the fact remains that the government failed to protect lawful Americans or legal businesses from the thugs that were rioting, looting, and burning.

Those days clearly demonstrated that American citizens have and must preserve their God-given natural and Constitutional right to keep and bear arms for self and family protection. The government has shown that when going gets tough, it will not protect us or our businesses and will leave citizens to the mercy of criminals roaming the streets.


Miguel A. Faria, MD is Associate Editor-in-Chief of neuropsychiatry; socioeconomics, politics, medicine, and world affairs for Surgical Neurology International (SNI). Author of Cuba in Revolution: Escape From a Lost Paradise (2002), Cuba’s Eternal Revolution through the Prism of Insurgency, Socialism, and Espionage (2023) and other books. This article is excerpted, updated, and edited from his book, America, Guns, and Freedom: A Journey Into Politics and the Public Health & Gun Control Movements (2019).

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  1. If you can tell a lie long enough, and loud enough, more and more people come to believe the lie. I don’t know who made that observation originally, but it is surely as true today, as it was when it was first made.

    • The full thing is this:

      “If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it. The lie can be maintained only for such time as the State can shield the people from the political, economic and/or military consequences of the lie. It thus becomes vitally important for the State to use all of its powers to repress dissent, for the truth is the mortal enemy of the lie, and thus by extension, the truth is the greatest enemy of the State.”

      It is referred to more accurately as a ‘description’ of “The Big Lie”, that being in Adolf Hitlers Mein Kampf. .

      It is often attributed to Nazi propaganda chief Joseph Goebbels, though there seems to be no evidence that it was used by him.

      It seems to have been ‘created’ by a person named ‘Geoff Metcalf’ try to encapsulate the original description of the ‘big lie’ that appeared in Mein Kampf where Adolf Hitler applied ‘the big lie’ thing to the behavior of Jews.

      • The lie can be maintained only for such time as the State can shield the people from the political, economic and/or military consequences of the lie

        That WAS true until they discovered that if they took the time (three generations) to mind fuck the sheeple and put their Minions in the right places (media, internet, local government) there would not be a need to shield the lie, just toss it out there and the masses suck it up as gospel… Because “Dear Leader” says it’s true…

        • This depends entirely on the underlying complexity of the lie, the emotional state of the people, the emotional power of the lie and the skill with which it is promulgated.

          When done right it doesn’t take three generations, you can have a population eating out of your hand and on the path to atrocity in months, and that’s using radio as your highest-tech distribution device. All you have to do is research the target population and link the thing you want to lie about to something they already have an attachment to and then get some trusted sources to tell the story you want.

          See Bernays’ ability to turn women into smokers and double the population of tobacco purchasers pretty much overnight.

          More modern techniques and the internet you can do this in days to weeks.

        • I posted this in another thread, but this topic thread is probably more appropriate than the earlier one…

          “Australian smart TVs to be regulated through ‘prominence legislation’ to make government-funded news appear ahead of commercial outlets..”

          Pretty soon it will be “Commercial outlets? What commercial outlets do you speak of?”

  2. “States are increasingly enacting laws that allow people to shoot other people as a first resort in public, instead of retreating when threatened. If a person perceives a threat of serious bodily harm, so-called ‘stand your ground’ laws, allow them to fire their gun with immunity from prosecution, as long as they are in a place they have a legal right to be.”

    The is a 100% intentionally deceptive lie by mischaracterization. Its a lie that appeals to stupid confirmation biased people though and that’s what they reply on.

    • correction: “…what they reply on”

      “reply” should have been “rely”

      darn phone spelling correction just not playing fair today.

    • Stand your ground laws would have been unnecessary if not for prosecutors aggressively charging crime victims who defended themselves. First the victim is attacked by the criminal, then promptly arrested and treated like a murderer by the state, forced to prove they were justified in defending themselves.

      They overplayed their hand, protecting the criminals over the victims, to the point that you were expected in some states to first retreat from your own home if attacked. Thus castle doctrine and stand your ground became necessary, because people had no right to defend themselves. See also England where this is the case.

      Victims are already at a disadvantage, they have to wait for the attack to start before force can be applied, and criminals usually prefer the element of surprise, so the victim may not have any time at all to respond, whether retreating or defending. You are lucky if you can manage any response at all, especially a successful one that stops an attack, but expecting to try an a couple of escapes first before defense… usually there just isn’t any time.

      • “Stand your ground laws would have been unnecessary if not for prosecutors aggressively charging crime victims who defended themselves.”

        That’s how the hard Left rolls.

        They literally value the lives of non-productive criminals more than the lives of those victimized. They hate civilian gun ownership so much, they have zero problems letting people be killed or raped…

        • They value disarming you more than anything else.

          The rest is just a means to an end. They don’t care what happens on the road to the goal, just that they get to the goal.

          That goal is that they have all the guns.

  3. Government is not here to protect you. It’s here to protect the interests and investments of its top donors worldwide.

    By supporting importing an endless stream of bodies to lower wages, jack up housing and food costs and tax the available medical resources the left has shown they also are not here to protect you. Not even themselves apparently.

    • Shire.
      Government only cares about and protects itself, the State, and the power and control over the populace the State has. The State will happily turn on and persecute today those who it championed yesterday if it suits it’s needs.

      • @ Allow Yourself To Whine, Ha ha ha Snowflake. You are just another of whom I speak. More than willing to whine about your Rights being violated. Yet unwilling to fight for those Rights. While expecting others to fight for them…For You. Anyone unwilling to fight for their Rights. Didn’t really deserve them in the first place.

      • @ Allow Yourself To Whine. You’re still whining…Snowflake. Truth can be a hurtful thing. Especially when it points out your lack of desire and resolve to protect and defend the Constitutional Rights passed down to you. To exercise freely, as well as the responsibility to protect and defend for future generations.

        • What you don’t realize is that I merely wanted to see how easily I could elicit continued responses from you. And you don’t disappoint. Too easy.

          You’re bothered only by the people…you allow.

        • Not bothered Snowflake. simply pointing out the cowardice inherent within people like you. All hat and No cattle, being more to the point.

  4. The ONLY thing keeping them from their ultimate goal!! And they will DO ANYTHING to achieve it!

  5. “The Long March” is an apt description of how they look at their journey to the totalitarian power they desire… 🙁

    • Since they openly started it a century ago you might start to wonder just how far they’ve made it.

      And realizing that they love multiple layers of interlocking fields of fire, you might start to look around for how various things “outside 2A territory” affect the 2A.

      As I’ve pointed out before, it’s curious to note that they’ve been beating that “Gun violence is a public health issue” drum for years, while at the same time working on that WHO Treaty that removes national sovereignty by default and requires an active opt-out as opposed to an opt-in.

      Doubly curious since many of the supporters of that Treaty have made interesting statements about how US civilian ownership of firearms is the biggest threat to “world stability”.

      Which, some might think makes no sense, if that’s you dear reader, see if you can rustle up Nero to explain the power of the ability to define words.

      Stated in a far more French manner than Nero would lower himself to; Fuck the currency and the paltry power it provides, give me the power to edit the dictionary and my rule will be absolute.

      • Still fighting quarantine camp authority by the NY DOH in court. This totally couldn’t be abused for political reasons. Especially not with “compulsive ammo purchasers” with a low for us floor of qualification.

      • “Since they openly started it a century ago you might start to wonder just how far they’ve made it.”

        Nowhere near as fast as they’d like it. They are utterly infuriated that half the population has zero interest in walking down that road.

        Look at the counties bordering Mexico, they are nearly all solid conservative voting. That’s the proof the recent immigrants have no interest in what the Leftists are selling. And the shift in voting to that demographic is accelerating. That really ought to scare the crap out of them, as they’ve been banking on that demographic to replace the blue-collar fat white guy voters they’ve lost with their blatant Marxist policies…

        • The best part is, they still think that all they have to do is change their messaging, not realizing the message itself is being hear loud and clear.

          Look how many times recently they changed messaging on guns from ‘gun control’ to ‘gun safety’. It’s no surprise, since the major ad agencies are owned and staffed uniformly with Leftists…

        • “Nowhere near as fast as they’d like it.”

          Depends on whom you ask. The phrase “The Long March Through the Institutions” is often attributed to Rudi Dutschke in the late 1960’s but the phrase actually comes from Gramsci himself who was dead 30 years prior to that.

          I’ve noted before that a PhD with the last name Buttigieg was one of the major players in translating The Prison Notebooks into English but they were well known to Leftist philosophers and academics, and well read by both, by 1945. Particularly the French academics, which we are always, like it or not, about a decade behind. If you don’t believe that, go read Revel’s Last Exit to Utopia (unless you like flourish-y French, in which case the original is Le Grande Marche).


          As for the rest, I doubt they intend to allow the immigrants to vote. They intend to use them to bolster EC and Congressional seats, as they have in the past.

          Where they attempt to buy them off it will be at the state level.

          But ultimately those people are not here to vote. They’re here to depress wages in the trades to weaken the GOP base financially.

          The goal here is the SCOTUS. It’s the last castle.

          And they don’t need amnesty for illegals to capture it. Ronna McDaniel appears dead-set to do it for them.

        • “Stated in a far more French manner than Nero would lower himself to; Fuck the currency and the paltry power it provides, give me the power to edit the dictionary and my rule will be absolute.”

          I concur. A large, relatively ignorant contingent of Ohioans just added an unlimited right to medical reproductive decisions to their Constitution, which can and may be invoked by any individual. It was pitched as protecting rape victims and medically necessary abortions, but the language was intentionally vague. I believe, after the dust settles, a confused 12 year old boy will be able to have his school counselor arrange for a sex change operation, without any parental consent or notification.

          “‘Will you walk into my parlour?’ said the Spider to the Fly.”

          This is indeed scary shit. (As a sideline, I studied French in high school. I scarcely utilize it, and much of it has faded away in the mists of time, but some remnants are still on tap.)

          “The goal here is the SCOTUS.”

          Yes, agreed, because language.

          “It depends on what the meaning of the word ‘is’ is. If the—if he—if ‘is’ means is and never has been, that is not—that is one thing. If it means there is none, that was a completely true statement. … Now, if someone had asked me on that day, are you having any kind of sexual relations with Ms. Lewinsky, that is, asked me a question in the present tense, I would have said no. And it would have been completely true.”

          This is the sort of person who helped craft Ohio Issue 1. There is an Ohio mom somewhere who heard only the siren song, “it must be a private decision between a woman and her doctor” and thought “Yeah, that’s right,” and selected Yes. In a few years, to her horror, one of her children will show her how important it is to pay attention to language.

        • “As a sideline, I studied French in high school.”

          Well, that explains more than a few things.

          Jokes aside, I haven’t read the Ohio Issue 1 diction but the game is hardly surprises. It works so well in so many places that they’d be fools not to use it.

          The fact that it is so common yet so effect is one of the few things in life that I can say absolutely drives me up the wall because there’s never a response to this.

          If you know the bully punches you every morning, why do you keep allowing it? Acquire a set of brass knuckles and tomorrow, hit him first. It’s not that hard.

        • Strych the problem is public schools and policies for legal corporate and social interactions all condition placidity in people who tend to be honest and/or diligent. Most people have an aversion to conflict let alone violence and it is shocking when someone doesn’t (which is why your brass knuckles suggestion tends to be effective)

  6. We’re 2 SCOTUS justices away from the very tyranny we fled 400 years ago.
    At a minimum, half the country wants it that way. I don’t see this ending well, because the other half of America is full of too many GD stupid people who don’t understand where this is going, and probably don’t care. The remainder isn’t large enough to stop it.

    All I can say is cold dead hands and all that.

  7. This cited publication is just another example of activists being inserted into a desired area of life to act as experts. AKA “Entryism”, which the Right and the 2A community might start to actually understand around 2775, or whatever the applicable star date is.

    Here’s another example, with ye ol’ humble ATF Director:

    The same shit, again and again, growing, metastasizing, spreading and increasing its grip for over 100 years.

  8. its too late for disarmament in america
    its never going to happen here
    ever ever ever
    too many guns
    too many people in big blue cities want to protect themselves from out of control crime
    and too many guns in red america in the hands of people who heard every word about putting people in camps who were unwilling to submit to forced vaccination
    the cat is out of the bag
    -and it aint ever going back in-

  9. States are going broke.
    Federal government assistance does not equal Freedom.
    No more songs about.
    Loaded with iron ore
    26,000 tons more
    then the Edmund Fitzgerald weighed empty.

    • You’re just against that big lake called “Gitche Gumee” because you have to ride a moose to get across it.

      Growing up there I always wondered WTF he was talking about when he said “When the winds of November came early”. Like, brah, what is this “early” you speak of?

      • On Halloween the wicked witch of the West comes flying in like a hurricane.
        She wasn’t supposed to show up until Thanksgiving.
        Whenever I ride a moose across a lake I always have a Scorpion in my pocket.

        • Hillary came to your house? Fuck, that is scary.

          Also, you’re supposed to use that scorpion’s tail as a propeller. It’s better than an inboard, I hear.

          It’s some sort of ancient animal ability that the Chippewa learned from the Big Wampum Possum ages ago, so you should obviously know it.

      • “…early…”

        Yeah, while at Sawdust working the night shift on the flight line, my brother saw flurries as “early” as August. He was shocked, but the Yoopers that he knew laughed when he asked about it.

        • Up by Copper Harbor they do snow-cores in ravines to look at atmospheric chemistry from thousands of years back.

  10. It is a simple concept. Gun control = people control. Our Founding Fathers were very aware of that. That is why they wrote the Second Amendment. Without personally-owned firearms, America would still be under British rule.

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