By Geoff Metcalf
“Molon Labe” is reportedly the response given to the Persian king Xerxes by the Spartan king Leonidas when Xerxes demanded that the Greek force lay down their weapons. It is generally translated as, “Come and get them.”
There are consequences to everything we do in life. Regardless of whether the action is that of an individual or a group, ‘something’ will happen.
Recent unsubtle threats by Democrats (specifically Speaker Nancy Pelosi) have woke many from silence. States actively legislating to confiscate firearms should startle anyone with even a passing familiarity with history. That the Speaker of the House threatened to abuse power to abrogate elements of the Constitution to which she has sworn a sacred oath is frankly bat shit crazy.
The Second Amendment doesn’t have anything to do with hunting or home defense. The Second Amendment does not give or grant us anything. It merely acknowledges the God-given inalienable right to keep and bear arms. It is an intrinsic right and it shall not be restricted.
When the framers crafted the Constitution, they had just finished a war against their King. When Thomas Jefferson said, “No free man shall ever be de-barred the use of arms. The strongest reason for the people to retain their right to keep and bear arms is as a last resort to protect themselves against tyranny in government.”
Having just fought a war for independence they were keenly sensitive to the potential threat of government abuse of power and the imperative that a free people would not be denied the tools necessary to attack and overthrow abuse of power. It is not mere historic coincidence that the first three battles of the Revolutionary War were fought specifically over the government’s efforts to disarm the citizenry so they would be unable to rebel against government caveat.
The Declaration of Independence states, “ when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.” The 56 signatories of the Declaration closed with “we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes and our sacred Honor.”
There is a popular fiction that only 3-percent of colonists participated in our American War for Independence. It may look cool on a T-shirt, however, that fiction is flat out wrong. I refer you to an excellent article by John A. Tures. Tures quantifies the actual numbers of colonists who actively participated in our armed War for Independence. When Tures completes his tabulations, he comes up with from 15 percent to perhaps as high as 25 percent participation. That number also doesn’t count the men and women who worked to feed our troops, cloth our troops, provide supplies, gather information, and protect our frontier and shores.
I have long maintained that if, or when, our government were to overreach and presume to abrogate the Constitution that many of their presumed agents (police and military) would not comply with unlawful orders that oppose the Constitution to which they have sworn a sacred oath. Some may, but not all will violate ‘their’ oaths. Notwithstanding those military and police who would bend the knee to government ‘superiors,’ there remains a significant force capable of resisting.
The United States has the third largest army in the world with over 1.3-million troops. However, even ignoring those in uniform who may comply with unlawful orders, there remains beyond uniforms, an armed force of over 14-million American hunters and that does not include the untold millions who keep weapons for other reasons that harvesting game.
During World War II the most famous Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto quote about the sleeping giant may or may not have been said by him but the sentiment is genuine. “I fear all we have done is to awaken a sleeping giant and fill him with a terrible resolve.”
The anti-gun crowd is quick to refute the other famous Yamamoto quote as being unprovable. Reportedly the Admiral said, “You cannot invade mainland United States. There would be a rifle behind each blade of grass.”
Meanwhile while academia debates and refutes who said what about armed America, certain empirical data demonstrates “in 2018, Small Arms Survey reported that there are over one billion small arms distributed globally, of which 857 million (about 85 percent) are in civilian hands. U.S. civilians alone account for 393 million (about 46 percent) of the worldwide total of civilian-held firearms.”
Pelosi and her gaggle of Hollywood liberals coastal progressives can itch and moan about guns and pontificate ad nauseum about how only government forces should be armed. However, at some point “when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same object” attempts to disarm “the people” the reality check will not be compliance but tens of millions of Americans responding “Molon labe.”
Geoff Metcalf is a ninth-generation commissioned officer in the U.S. military and a former Green Beret. He is a retired Army lieutenant colonel who has commanded a Special Forces operational detachment and a military police company, in addition to various staff positions from battalion to division level. Metcalf has an eclectic professional background, with careers in radio, print journalism, advertising, and consulting. Visit his website here.