…even in the face of escalating tyranny
Commentary By Gordon King
Happy Memorial Day everyone! This is a day we all need to remember and cherish. We need to honor the veterans who gave their lives defending this once great country of ours. May the Lord be with them all. I also give thanks and honor not only to the veterans who gave their lives for this country, but also for all of the veterans who have ever served in the United States military. They also put their lives on the line. Thank you all for your service to this country! God Bless you and may you live in peace.
May 27, 2013
The story of America is the story of a rag-tag band of passionate individuals demanding freedom from oppression, intimidation and tyranny. They didn’t merely demand it with public protests; they demanded it with force… on the streets of Lexington and Concord, the beaches of Normandy and everywhere that the men and women of America have fought to defend the ideals that made America the greatest nation in the world.
Terry Jones, the pastor known for fiery anti-Islam rhetoric and for his very-public Koran-burning, released a shocking statement this morning through his organization, Stand Up America. Entitled, “Banning Guns: Resistance to the Point of Bloodshed,” the three-paragraph press release calls for the nation to potentially meet Second Amendment crackdowns with “fierce opposition.” Additionally, Jones implores the public to combat “disarming” to the point of bloodshed, if needed.
“The disarming of Americans cannot be tolerated by the American people to the point of resistance even to the shedding of blood,” the statement reads. “History has taught us whether it be the Russian revolution or whether it be the Nazi era, that as a government disarms its own people, leaving the people with no opportunity and no possibility to defend itself, leads to the destruction of our civilization.”
Jones goes on to say that the public has two enemies — criminals and the government. The faith leader then calls for the latter institution to be tied down “with the chains of the Constitution” so that it “does not become a legalized version of the first.” While the aforementioned statements will certainly raise eyebrows, it is the concluding statements that are, perhaps, most controversial.
“Every generation needs a revolution. We must resist the disarming of the American people, if necessary, with violent aggressive opposition,” Jones proclaims. “The tree of liberty must be, from time to time, refreshed with the blood of patriots and tyrants.”
TheBlaze reached out to Stand Up America to speak further about intentions behind the press release. A representative declined to comment in detail, however we are awaiting a response from Jones.
These comments come on the heels of an event the pastor held last month called “Burn Obama Day,” during which he decried “universal deceit” and subsequently burned an effigy of the president. Watch it all unfold, below: (Warning: the video in one short part contains a few curse words.)
NOTE FROM LYN: I recall a Perry Stone message where he saw fires everywhere in the U.S. and utter chaos. Then we have Marshall Law being implemented. What I foresee is what many other people are saying, and that is a major civil war. Just watch, I think it’s going to happen soon.
A sheriff who released a radio ad urging Milwaukee-area residents to learn to handle firearms so they can defend themselves while waiting for police said Friday that law enforcement cutbacks have changed the way police can respond to crime.
In the 30-second commercial, Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke Jr. says personal safety is no longer a spectator sport.
“I need you in the game,” he says.
“With officers laid off and furloughed, simply calling 911 and waiting is no longer your best option,” he adds. “You can beg for mercy from a violent criminal, hide under the bed, or you can fight back. … Consider taking a certified safety course in handling a firearm so you can defend yourself until we get there.”
The ad has generated sharp criticism from other area officials and anti-violence advocates. The president of the Milwaukee Deputy Sheriffs’ Association, Roy Felber, said it sounds like a call to vigilantism.
“That doesn’t sound too smart,” Felber said. “People have the right to defend themselves, but they don’t have the right to take the law into their own hands.”
Under Wisconsin’s “castle doctrine,” someone who uses deadly force against an unlawful intruder to their home, business or vehicle is presumed to have acted reasonably. A spokeswoman for the state Department of Justice said that as of this week, there are about 155,000 concealed carry permits in Wisconsin.
In an interview with The Associated Press, Clarke said he just wants people to know what their options are. While self-defense isn’t for everyone, some people see personal safety as their own responsibility, he said, and they should be trained properly.
“I’m not telling you to `Hey, pick up a gun and blast away.’ … People need to know what they are doing if they chose that method — to defend themselves,” he said.
But he also said he wanted to call on residents to be law enforcement “partners.” He said he could either whine about budget cuts that forced him to lay off 48 deputies last year or he could get creative.
“People are responsible to play a role in their own safety, with the help of law enforcement,” Clarke said. “I’m here to do my part, but we have fewer and fewer resources. We’re not omnipresent, and we have to stop giving people that impression.”
“After sitting down and thinking about this, I’m thinking `Hey, I’ve got an untapped reserve over here, and it’s the public,”‘ Clarke said.
Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett’s office released a statement criticizing the ad: “Apparently Sheriff David Clarke is auditioning for the next Dirty Harry movie.”
Barrett was beaten up several years ago by someone with a tire iron, and Clarke said he thought that would make the mayor “a lot more sensitive to people being able to defend themselves in such instances. A firearm and a plan of defense would have come in handy for him that day.”
Jeri Bonavia, executive director of Wisconsin Anti-Violence Effort, said Clarke took a dangerous position with his ad. She pointed to the case of George Zimmerman, a neighborhood watch volunteer in Florida who fatally shot an unarmed 17-year-old following an altercation. Zimmerman has pleaded not guilty to second-degree murder, claiming self-defense under Florida’s “stand your ground” law.
“I feel like this is such an irresponsible thing for our chief public safety officer of a county to do,” Bonavia said. “I think he owes this community an apology. And if he really believes that he’s not capable of providing for our public safety he should get a different job.”