Imagine this happening to you:
Last night at 12:30 pm a MD State Police “Armed Response Team” showed up at our door. I was dead asleep, my Wife was laying some ceramic tile on our basement floor when our driveway alert went off several times. She looked at the camera monitor and screamed that Police in Assault gear were running up to our front door. That made me sit straight up from a dead sleep.
We thought they were there for my Brother in Law who had just been mailed Bench Warrants to our home, but he doesn’t live here and he is already incarcerated, so my Wife opened the door for them. Then I heard one of them say he had some papers for me or needed to speak with me,so I got up to speak with them 6 or 7 officers in full assault vests, etc. and NO ONE in uniform. Four heavily armed police came into the house while at least two others walked around outside of our home.
One, began to talk to me asking me about the types of weapons I own. Remember now, I was just startled from a dead sleep and I kept asking why are you here, why do you want to know about my guns? Every gun I bought in Maryland I bought from a MD Dealer. Well this Trooper said that I had purchased a “large amount” of ammunition recently and wanted to know why. When I questioned why he was asking, then he changed his tune to what type of Handguns I had. I told him I just purchased my first handgun in Maryland last week, but had not even picked it up from the Store . He questioned me about other handguns I might own and I realized that he was “fishing” to match his list of my ammunition purchases with handguns that I owned.
No warrant. No uniformed officers. Only SWAT sturmtruppen. Nothing to see here, folks… just another police-state violation of the 4th Amendment. Move along. Move along.
And there was New Orleans in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, when local law enforcement and national guard abridged the 4th and 2nd Amendments:
But that’s okay, because The Government is here to protect you!
Like in West Helena, Arkansas, where the mayor has imposed a 24-hour curfew, allowing police to stop, search, and question anyone they choose.
There’s also the black-clad submachine-gun-toting “anti-terror” police patrolling New York City subways.
Or what about Chicago? While Mayor Daley is fiddling while Chicago’s gang-related murder toll in any given month makes it safer to serve in Iraq, Governor Blagojevich has begun talking to the Illinois National Guard commanders, effectively putting them on alert to be ready to step in, in the event the violence gets too bad. Governor Blagojevich also wants to install Big Brother-ish speed trap cameras, and use the money to fund an “elite tactical team” to be deployed in Chicago and other areas. Part of their mission? Augment the Chicago Police Anti-Gun Enforcement Unit.
And let’s not forget the recent raid on the home of the mayor of Berwyn Heights, Maryland, that was a drug bust gone way, way wrong. The Gestapo-style raid ended with the mayor and his mother-in-law in handcuffs on the floor for two hours and both of the family dogs shot dead, even though the police knew neither the mayor nor his family were involved.
From Orlando to New York, Chicago to Columbus, thousands of closed-circuit TV cameras are being deployed “to fight crime”, despite the fact that time and again crimes occur in full witness of dozens or even hundreds of cameras, and the criminals escape. Coupled with license plate recognition systems, these prying eyes can track your every move. As if this isn’t bad enough, police are deploying military-like Unmanned Arial Vehicles (UAVs) loaded with cameras and sensors, again in the name of “fighting crime.” Over in England, Big Brother captures citizens on average 3,000 times per week “to fight crime,” yet they were unable to prevent the horrific terrorist bombing of their subways.
We are moving quickly toward an Orwellian police state, and no one seems to care.
At this point, the only thing keeping us free is the possession of millions of firearms by the citizens of this country. The power of the 2nd Amendment lies in the “last resort” ability it gives to the citizens to throw off a tyrannical government. This is why the 2nd Amendment is perpetually under attack by The Government, and it is also why it is essential that we preserve our 2nd Amendment rights.
So what will you do when they come for your guns in the name of “fighting crime”? Will you hand them over? Will you demand a warrant and slam the door in their face? Or will you exercise The Mailbox, The Ballot Box, and The Jury Box to ensure that they never come knocking?
It is the sincere hope here at FiveBoxes that we never need to use The Fifth Box to preserve our liberties. But as Americans, we must all be ready and willing to do so if necessary.
— Thomas Jefferson