…and not necessarily the one you think…
The new Washington “assault weapon ban” (SB 5737-2013-14) has a tricky little provision the legislators are claiming is a “mistake”, but is absolutely nothing of the sort: the law allows/requires for the sheriff to conduct “inspections” of gun owners’ homes without a warrant. This is typical of recent legislation by the political class at state and federal levels (and particularly Democrats — the alleged protectors of civil rights): target not just “terrorism”, or “drugs”, or “guns” — but do it in a way that negates your Fourth Amendment rights. For those of you who never bothered to read the primary law of the land:
The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.
The National Defense Authorization Act has the provisions for allowing the government to reclassify Americans as supporters of terrorism, then arrest and indefinitely detain them without due process or trial, a violation of the 5th and 6th Amendments:
Fifth amendment: No person shall be held to answer for a capital, or otherwise infamous crime, unless on a presentment or indictment of a Grand Jury, except in cases arising in the land or naval forces, or in the Militia, when in actual service in time of War or public danger; nor shall any person be subject for the same offence to be twice put in jeopardy of life or limb; nor shall be compelled in any criminal case to be a witness against himself, nor be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor shall private property be taken for public use, without just compensation.
Sixth amendment: In all criminal prosecutions, the accused shall enjoy the right to a speedy and public trial, by an impartial jury of the State and district wherein the crime shall have been committed, which district shall have been previously ascertained by law, and to be informed of the nature and cause of the accusation; to be confronted with the witnesses against him; to have compulsory process for obtaining witnesses in his favor, and to have the Assistance of Counsel for his defence.
Have a good look at those paragraphs in italics…now ask yourself why the big push to “modernize” the Constitution. We are told by academics — the vanguard of Progressivism (and just about every other bad idea) — and the press, the sycophantic choir to the political class that the primary law of the land is outdated, due to revision or retirement. Why are they so intent on destroying your civil liberties..? Because so long as this document is respected by the majority, they will have a damned hard time establishing themselves as the undisputed masters of the People. Why rid us of the Second Amendment? It is not to keep the kids safe; it’s to keep the politicians safe from reprisal when they decide to injure the People.
These are the baby steps, people. They will keep coming. It doesn’t matter if it’s your guns, your food, your money — the political class are desperate to be aristocrats and they will not stop co,ing for your rights until you push back. Your vote doesn’t matter — the people who run are all of the same ilk. Your petitions don’t matter — they don’t want to hear from you. But if people start pulling an Oak Harbor and turning up at the public meetings, armed but respectful, they will not get the message.
It’s time to exercise your rights. Because they can take them; you can only relinquish them.