Editor's Note: Our article on Lt. Col. Robert Bateman's Esquire piece, in which he said "We Will Pry Your Gun from Your Cold, Dead Fingers," was immediately followed up by Darwin Rockantanksky's article Lt. Colonel Robert Bateman is A Jackass for Wanting to Disarm Americans. Lt. Col. Bateman decided to email Darwin and ask if he even read his article. Of course, he did and the following was Darwin's response to Bateman. It's long, but well worth the read. Enjoy!
You have rendered me the courtesy of addressing me directly and I will do my best to return that courtesy in kind; with the caveat that you should know that I flunked "Diplomacy-101, several times, with prejudice."
Did I read your post / op-ed? Yes, I did; twice, and I am still hyperventilating. The fact that I included a link to your op-ed for all to read for themselves should have given some clue to that fact.
I assume by now you have discovered that your "Op-Ed" has gotten a bit more exposure than you anticipated. I have a readership measuring well into the six figures, and I am sure one or two may have shared their points of view with you by now.
Let me give you my perspective on the subject of the Second Amendment to the Constitution in the (perhaps futile) hope that you will at least consider what I have to say, and not dismiss me and a very large and ever growing population of true American Patriots offhand.
My "Good Friend and Neighbor the Big Democrat" is of the opinion that "ignorance" is a verb. In order to give you the benefit of a doubt, for the purposes of this discussion, I will assume that is the perspective from which you operate; a position of ignorance - and I do not intend to use that term in a denigrating or offensive manner.
I attended the "Benning School for Boys," aka: Infantry Officer Candidate School in Fort Benning, Georgia; I served two combat tours in Vietnam (before I was old enough to vote or buy a beer), worked for Kings, Emperors, and Presidents; lived in about two dozen different countries, and created and ran my own business in the cut-throat world of computer technology for more than twenty years; a course through life that I believe has given me the credentials needed to speak on the subject of the Second Amendment.
I am a fan of history because history teaches us all there is to know about the nature of mankind; at least for those willing to learn.
Human nature does not change.
So, let me start with a bit of history for the sake of others who will take the time to read what I have to say here. My role model in examining history is Ron Wyatt, the then young man, who decided one day to go dig up Sodom and Gomorrah, and did so even though armies of archeologists over the centuries had attempted to do just that and failed.
How did this "miracle" occur? It occurred because Ron Wyatt chose to place the content of the old scriptures
into the context in which they were created. A simple and very bad example: "A day's journey" in biblical times did not mean hitting the highway at seventy plus in a new Mercedes; it meant foot traffic, often slowed by weather and burden.
So let me try to put the Second Amendment into the context in which it was written.
The document we call "Our Constitution" is in all reality our "Second Constitution" given that this "nation" was formed as a confederation of states under The Articles of Confederation (1781-1789). The Federalist Papers are the documentation of an ongoing conversation between Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, and John Jay, possibly the three brightest lights on the tree of liberty, as they pondered the role of the central government.
At the very outset, Alexander Hamilton wrote in Federalist #1:
It has been frequently remarked that it seems to have been reserved to the people of this country, by their conduct and example, to decide the important question, whether societies of men are really capable or not of establishing good government from reflection and choice, or whether they are forever destined to depend for their political constitutions on accident and force. If there be any truth in the remark, the crisis at which we are arrived may with propriety be regarded as the era in which that decision is to be made; and a wrong election of the part we shall act may, in this view, deserve to be considered as the general misfortune of mankind.
Once again, We The People find ourselves at that very same point in history.
In Federalist #46 James Madison discussed at length the subject of a "citizen militia." He theorized on the size and power of a standing military force and compared it to the potential size and power of the "citizen militia" that defeated the British Empire; the greatest power on the face of the earth at that time.
His discussion of the "citizen militia" was clear and unambiguous. When he described the size and power of a standing military force, Madison had this to say:
To these (a standing military) would be opposed a militia amounting to near half a million of citizens with arms in their hands, officered by men chosen from among themselves, fighting for their common liberties, and united and conducted by governments possessing their affections and confidence.
The "Militia Act of 1903" has absolutely nothing to do with the "citizen militia" envisioned and discussed by James Madison.
Please note the key phrases in the above:
- "...officered by men chosen from among themselves"
- "...fighting for their common liberties"
- "...united and conducted by governments possessing their affections and confidence"
Officers in the National Guard are not "...chosen from among themselves." They are appointed according to military regulations, and especially in the case of the national guard by virtue of political, social, and economic cronyism.
"Fighting for their common liberties" is what We The People of these United States are doing; fighting for the liberties granted to us by God and those assured us by our constitution against a tidal wave of tyranny emanating from Washington D.C.
"...United and conducted by governments possessing their affections and confidence" is where the term "ignorance" comes in. More on that later.
Our Constitution went into effect on March 4, 1789. Barely six months (171 days) later on August 21, 1789 The Bill of Rights was adopted by the House of Representatives, formally proposed by a joint resolution of Congress barely a month later on September 25, 1789 and went into effect two years and three months later on December 15, 1791.
That brings us to that troublesome Second Amendment to the Constitution of the United States of America, as ratified by the States and authenticated by Thomas Jefferson, then-Secretary of State:
"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."
The term "militia" is not a debate point. It is exactly what James Madison said. The "problem child" within the Second Amendment is that "...shall not be infringed" part.
Which part of that does Washington Regime and its evil minions not understand? The "shall not" part or the "infringed" part?
That Colonel Bateman is where the "ignorant" part comes in.
Colonel, I fully understand military life. My father was a First Sargent, who bounced quarters off my U.S. Army issued bunk. I lived the military life for a full thirty years and then one morning I woke up and realized that I was a civilian for the first time in my life.
I also realized that I had no connection with this strange community of people we called "civilians," and I still use that term today. We who serve the People of these United States can forget just who it is we do serve, and we become so damned comfortable inside the cocoon that is the military life. One does not need to be a military tactics genius to see what this regime is putting in place.
Colonel, how many general officers do you know that have hung up their uniforms in the past year or two; willingly and otherwise?
How much of our taxes has been spent to arm the DHS, IRS, and an untold number of other agencies to purchase "assault weapons" and urban assault vehicles and tanks? The IRS needs assault weapons? The IRS needs urban assault vehicles? How much of our standing military force is being cut in order to build up the DHS which is under civilian control and reports to the office of the president? How many billions has this regime funneled into the Muslim Brotherhood, whose continuing existence is based on the destruction of this country? Why are cadets in our military academies being indoctrinated to believe that we who have put our lives on the line in defense of freedom are domestic terrorists?
Why does the president feel that he needs to build "...a national police force that is equal or greater than our military"? (His words) Could that be because he does not trust the military to support his ambitious goals?
Do you truly believe that the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) will never be used against law abiding American citizens? I have a good friend who spent eleven months and a couple of weeks ("not more than one year" as per the NDAA) in "detention" (no charges, no phone calls) for calling then Senator John Kerry a "Traitor." I suggested that next time he not be so polite.
If you cared to read all the hundreds of studies on the subject matter (none sanctioned by the illegal regime in Washington), disarming law abiding citizens only places them in harm's way; primarily because criminals do not obey the law to begin with. Check into the statistics in the island nation of Australia. Disarming law abiding citizens serves only to leave them at the mercy of criminals and tyrants (criminals of the worst sort) which is exactly what Hamilton and Madison so clearly wished to prevent.
The list of "allowed" weapons that you cite (listed below) are chapter and verse of Fraulein Feinstein's gun control legislation; which failed thank God.
Yes, Colonel, you may well pry my cold dead fingers from my weapons, or those of my children or grandchildren - men and women who cherish freedom more than life itself.
The actions of this current illegal regime have made it empirically clear that they are preparing for war against We The People who are ready, willing, and able to defend our Constitution and the American way of life; an oath that we took and cannot lay down; the same oath that you took, but obviously prefer to ignore.
When (not IF) that happens Colonel, you will have to decide where you stand - with a corrupt Marxist dominated regime or the Patriots of this once free nation. And this is where the "ignorance" thing comes in...Colonel, you are no longer in touch with the hearts and minds of the American people.
"...United and conducted by governments possessing their affections and confidence."
We The People have no "affection" for a regime that would rob us of our freedoms; only animosity. We The People have no "confidence" in the regime that labels Patriots as "Terrorists"; only fear and mistrust.
As a military man, you should know that according to the statistics published by the FBI, there are an estimated 300 to 500 MILLION privately owned firearms in the hands of American citizens willing to defend our freedom.
How many of your fellow citizens and veterans and their children are you prepared to pry their cold dead hands off their weapons before you realize that the human spirit is endowed by our Creator to not only love, but also have NEED of "Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness (each unto his own)" more so than the air we breath.
Colonel, you need to study history a bit closer. Every dictator in modern times, i.e. Adolph Hitler, Joseph Stalin, Mao Ze Dung, have "purged" (mass executions) all those who hoisted them to power. Your Lord and Master will be no different.
Human nature does not change.
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