The true story of the Battle to restore the Rule of Law in Athens and Etowah (also called the Battle of Athens) was a rebellion led by the citizens of Athens and Etowah, Tennessee against corrupt local government in August of 1946. The citizens, including many World War II veterans, accused the local officials of political corruption, voter intimidation, and voter fraud. This historical event is proof that the Second Amendment is effective in combating tyranny. As long as "We the People" have weapons comparable to the State and Federal Governments.
"The God of Israel said, the Rock of Israel spake to me, He that ruleth over men must be just, ruling in the fear of God." (King David in 2 Samuel 23:3)
"Submit yourselves to every ordinance of man for the Lord’s sake: whether it be to the king, as supreme; Or unto governors, as unto them that are sent by him for the punishment of evildoers, and for the praise of them that do well." (1 Peter 2:13-14)
"For rulers are not a terror to good works, but to the evil. Wilt thou then not be afraid of the power? do that which is good, and thou shalt have praise of the same: For he is the minister of God to thee for good. But if thou do that which is evil, be afraid; for he beareth not the sword in vain: for he is the minister of God, a revenger to execute wrath upon him that doeth evil." (Romans 13:3-4)
If submission to government is not "for the Lord’s sake," that is, if it is not good, right and for the Lord's purpose and benefit then submission is not required. Case in point: The midwives of Exodus 1:15-17 who disobeyed Pharaoh's command to murder new born babes; and the case of Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah in Daniel 3:10-18 who refused to bow to Nebuchadnezzar's idol; and Daniel in Daniel 6:1-10 who rejected the law stating that he was not to pray to his God; and the apostles who in Acts 4:1-19, 5:26-29 refused to be silent concerning the truth of Christ; and the future Tribulation saints of Revelation 15:2, 20:4 who will not take the Antichrist's mark.
"And He [Jesus Christ] said unto them, When I sent you without purse, and scrip, and shoes, lacked ye any thing? And they said, Nothing. Then said He unto them, But now, he that hath a purse, let him take it, and likewise his scrip: and he that hath no sword, let him sell his garment, and buy one." (Luke 22:35-36)
Theodore Haas, a survivor of Dachau, said, "There is no doubt in my mind that millions of lives could have been saved if the people were not 'brainwashed' about gun ownership and had been well armed. Hitler's thugs and goons were not very brave when confronted by a gun. Gun haters always want to forget the Warsaw Ghetto uprising, which is a perfect example of how a ragtag, half starved group of Jews took up 10 handguns and made asses out of the Nazis."
"The preservation of a free government requires ... [a] great barrier which defends the rights of the people. The rulers who are guilty of such an encroachment exceed the commission from which they derive their authority and are tyrants. The people who submit to it are governed by laws made neither by themselves nor by an authority derived from them and are slaves." -- James Madison (Memorial and Remonstrance Against Religious Assessments, 1785)
It was a basic principle of a tyrant "to unarm his people of weapons, money, and all means whereby they resist his power." -- Sir Walter Raleigh (1554 - 1618)
When Bloody Mary questioned John Knox (1510 - 1572) about his views which legitimized subjects resisting their princes, Knox replied, "If their princes exceed their bounds, Madam, it is no doubt that they may be resisted even by power." Bloody Mary (1516 - 1558) was the Queen of England and Ireland from July 1553 until her death. She had restored Roman Catholicism after the Protestant reign of her brother, King Edward VI.
Second Amendment to the Constitution
"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."
"Are we at last brought to such an humiliating and debasing degradation that we cannot be trusted with arms for our own defense? Where is the difference between having our arms under our own possession and under our own direction, and having them under the management of Congress? If our defense be the real object of having those arms, in whose hands can they be trusted with more propriety, or equal safety to us, as in our own hands?" -- Patrick Henry (3 J. Elliot, Debates in the Several State Conventions 45, 2d ed. Philadelphia, 1836)
"Guard with jealous attention the public liberty. Suspect every one who approaches that jewel. Unfortunately, nothing will preserve it but downright force. Whenever you give up that force, you are ruined. ... O sir, we should have fine times, indeed, if to punish tyrants, it were only sufficient to assemble the people!" -- Patrick Henry
"And what country can preserve its liberties, if its rulers are not warned from time to time, that this people preserve the spirit of resistance? Let them take arms. ... The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants." -- Thomas Jefferson, in letter to William S. Smith, 1787
"Another source of power in government is a military force. But this, to be efficient, must be superior to any force that exists among the people, or which they can command; for otherwise this force would be annihilated, on the first exercise of acts of oppression. Before a standing army can rule, the people must be disarmed; as they are in almost every kingdom in Europe. The supreme power in America cannot enforce unjust laws by the sword; because the whole body of the people are armed, and constitute a force superior to any band of regular troops that can be, on any pretense, raised in the United States. A military force, at the command of Congress, can execute no laws, but such as the people perceive to be just and constitutional; for they will possess the power, and jealousy will instantly inspire the inclination, to resist the execution of a law which appears to them unjust and oppressive." -- Noah Webster, An Examination of the Leading Principles of the Federal Constitution, Philadelphia, 1787
"The militia, who are in fact the effective part of the people at large, will render many troops quite unnecessary. They will form a powerful check upon the regular troops, and will generally be sufficient to over-awe them" -- Tench Coxe, An American Citizen IV, October 21, 1787
"The militia of these free commonwealths, entitled and accustomed to their arms, when compared with any possible army, must be tremendous and irresistible. Who are the militia? Are they not ourselves? Is it feared, then, that we shall turn our arms each man against his own bosom. Congress have no power to disarm the militia. Their swords, and every other terrible implement of the soldier , are the birth-right of an American ... the unlimited power of the sword is not in the hands of either the federal or state governments, but, where I trust in God it will ever remain, in the hands of the people. " -- Tench Coxe, Pennsylvania Gazette, February 20, 1788
"As civil rulers, not having their duty to the people duly before them, may attempt to tyrannize, and as the military forces which must be occasionally raised to defend our country, might pervert their powers to the injury of their fellow-citizens, the people are confirmed by the next article [the Second Amendment] in their right to keep and bear their private arms." -- Tench Coxe in "Remarks on the First Part of the Amendments to the Federal Constitution," under the pseudonym "A Pennsylvanian" in the Philadelphia Federal Gazette, 18 June 1789 at 2 col. 1
"And that the said Constitution be never construed to authorize Congress to infringe the just liberty of the press, or the rights of conscience; or to prevent the people of the United States, who are peaceable citizens, from keeping their own arms; or to raise standing armies, unless necessary for the defense of the United States, or of some one or more of them; or to prevent the people from petitioning, in a peaceable and orderly manner, the federal legislature, for a redress of grievances; or to subject the people to unreasonable searches and seizures of their persons, papers or possesions." -- Samuel Adams, Debates of the Massachusetts Convention of 1788
"... [W]hereas, to preserve liberty, it is essential that the whole body of the people always possess arms, and be taught alike, especially when young, how to use them ..." -- Richard H. Lee, Additional Letters from the Federal Farmer 53, 1788
"... of the liberty of conscience in matters of religious faith, of speech and of the press; of the trail by jury of the vicinage in civil and criminal cases; of the benefit of the writ of habeas corpus; of the right to keep and bear arms.... If these rights are well defined, and secured against encroachment, it is impossible that government should ever degenerate into tyranny." -- James Monroe
"While the people have property, arms in their hands, and only a spark of noble spirit, the most corrupt Congress must be mad to form any project of tyranny." -- Rev. Nicholas Collin, Fayetteville Gazette (N.C.), October 12, 1789
"... [T]he loyalists in the beginning of the late war, who objected to associating, arming and fighting, in defense of our liberties, because these measures were not constitutional. A free people should always be left... with every possible power to promote their own happiness." -- Pennsylvania Gazette, April 23, 1788
"The people are not to be disarmed of their weapons. They are left in full possession of them." -- Zachariah Johnson (3 Elliot, Debates at 646)
"To disarm the people (is) the best and most effectual way to enslave them. ... [W]ho are the militia, if they be not the people of this country...? I ask, who are the militia? They consist of now of the whole people, except a few public officers." -- George Mason (Elliot, Debates at 380, 425-426)
"No free government was ever founded or ever preserved its liberty, without uniting the characters of the citizen and soldier in those destined for the defense of the state.... Such are a well regulated militia, composed of the freeholders, citizen and husbandman, who take up arms to preserve their property, as individuals, and their rights as freemen." -- State Gazette (Charleston), September 8, 1788
"The right is general. It may be supposed from the phraseology of this provision that the right to keep and bear arms was only guaranteed to the militia; but this would be an interpretation not warranted by the intent. The militia, as has been explained elsewhere, consists of those persons who, under the laws, are liable to the performance of military duty, and are officered and enrolled for service when called upon. ... [I]f the right were limited to those enrolled, the purpose of the guarantee might be defeated altogether by the action or the neglect to act of the government it was meant to hold in check. The meaning of the provision undoubtedly is, that the people, from whom the militia must be taken, shall have the right to keep and bear arms, and they need no permission or regulation of law for the purpose. But this enables the government to have a well regulated militia; for to bear arms implies something more than mere keeping; it implies the learning to handle and use them in a way that makes those who keep them ready for their efficient use; in other words, it implies the right to meet for voluntary discipline in arms, observing in so doing the laws of public order." -- Thomas M. Cooley (1824-1898), Chief Justice of the Michigan Supreme Court and author of the leading nineteenth-century works on constitutional law.
In 1911, Turkey established gun control and from 1915 to 1917, 1.5 million Armenians, unable to defend themselves, were rounded up and exterminated.
In 1929, the Soviet Union established gun control and from 1929 to 1953, about 20 million dissidents, unable to defend themselves, were rounded up and exterminated.
Germany established gun control in 1938 and from 1939 to 1945, a total of 13 million Jews and others who were unable to defend themselves were rounded up and exterminated.
China established gun control in 1935. From 1948 to 1952, 20 million political dissidents unable to defend themselves were rounded up and exterminated. Since then over 50 million more have been murdered.
Guatemala established gun control in 1964 and from 1964 to 1981, 100,000 Mayan Indians, unable to defend themselves, were rounded up and exterminated.
Uganda established gun control in 1970 and from 1971 to 1979, 300,000 Christians, unable to defend themselves, were rounded up and exterminated.
Cambodia established gun control in 1956 and from 1975 to 1977, three million educated people, unable to defend themselves, w ere rounded up and exterminated.
Defenseless people rounded up and exterminated in the 20th Century because of gun control: 56 million.
The US established gun control in 1968 with The Gun Control Act, which is nearly a verbatim copy of Germany's 1938 gun control law. Since then, gun laws and much of the Criminal Code have become federalized, with police power being transferred to Washington, DC. War-making liberals at the United Nations are also in the act, declaring peaceful private gun owners should be disarmed. The stage is being set. The process of gun control and registration has begun. Can you see a pattern here?
The Gun Control Act of 1968 is a clear violation of the highest law of the land, because the 2nd Amendment to the Constitution states:
"... the right of the people to keep and bear Arms shall not be infringed."
"INFRINGED" defined: limited, violated, invalidated, encroached upon.
Keep in mind what all the Founding Fathers of the United States said above, and what the leading author of nineteenth-century works on constitutional law, Thomas M. Cooley said:
"If the right [to keep and bear Arms] were limited to those enrolled [only in the militias], the purpose of the guarantee might be defeated altogether by the action or the neglect to act of the government it was meant to hold in check."
The 2nd Amendment is specifically to hold the government in check, and nothing needs to be held in check than the government.
In reality the Constitution trumps the Gun Control Act of 1968 and all other unconstitutional Acts enacted by Congress and executive orders issued by presidents. The following case law backs this fact up.
"The court is to protect against any encroachment of constitutionally secured rights." -- Boyd vs US 116 US 616 (Argued December 11, 14, 1886; Decided February 1, 1886)
"An unconstitutional act is not law; it confers no rights; it imposes no duties; affords no protection; it creates no office; it is in legal contemplation as though it had never been passed. -- Norton vs Shelby County 118 US 425 (Argued March 24-25, 1886; Decided May 10, 1886)
"No state shall convert a liberty to a privilege, license it, and charge a fee therefor. -- Murdock vs Pennsylvania 319 US 105 (Argued March 10, 11, 1943; Decided May 3, 1943)
"Where rights secured by the Constitution are involved, there can be no legislation which would abrogate them." -- Miranda vs Arizona 384 US 436 (Argued February 28 - March 1, 1966; Decided June 13, 1966)
"If the state converts a right into a privilege, the citizen can ignore the license and fee and engage in the right with impunity. -- Shuttleworth vs City of Birmingham, Alabama 317 US 262 (Argued November 18, 1968; Decided March 10, 1969)