Last year the Connecticut legislature enacted a law requiring all “assault weapons” in the State to be registered by December 31, 2013. Breitbart News reported that “as little as 15 percent of the rifles classified as assault weapons owned by Connecticut residents were registered” by the December 31, 2013 deadline. An overwhelming number of citizens declined to comply with the law, many; most, I would say; regard the law as an unconstitutional infringement of their Second Amendment rights.
By so doing they have freely chosen to commit a felony on January 1, 2014 and every day thereafter they refuse to comply with the law. Dollars to doughnuts the legislature will repeal the law before the 2014 elections hoping thereby to save their political skins. My money says there will be blood at the ballot box this November.
Connecticut is Deep Blue country so it is not surprising that a legislature comprised of a majority of Democrats should buy into the Leftist agenda and attempt to impose it on the people they were elected to represent. All right thinking Leftists know with religious certainty that guns are evil and it is only right that they protect the people from the sin of gun ownership. Oh, and in a whispered aside, disarm the people and make them helpless before what’s next on the agenda.
Despite being reliable Democratic voters the people of Connecticut don’t seem to have the same fervor for gun control as do their elected representatives. The people have not drunk the Leftist Kool-Aid their legislators did.
This presents refusal to comply with the law presents law enforcement and the courts with bit of a problem: how do you enforce the law on 85-90% of an unwilling population that you can’t identify (no registration records) and who are heavily armed? The simple answer is you don’t.
In the months leading up to the law’s passage there were groups advocating against the law, and those groups continue to be active today. Even so it is doubtful whether those groups received the explicit endorsement and support of a majority of the citizens of Connecticut. It is doubtful if a majority of the citizens of Connecticut had public meetings in which it was resolved that the law was inconsistent with the 2nd amendment and a collective response was agreed upon.
Oh, sure, there were some such public meetings. There were many more smaller gatherings of a few friends talking it over and pledging to resist in one way or another. But in the end it was individuals who decided in the privacy of their own consciences that they could not and would not comply.
To a true American there is nothing more reasonable than civil disobedience. The nation entire, and each of the various States, is composed of that unique thing found in no other polity in the world on in world history: the Sovereign Citizen. The Sovereign Citizen hold his sovereignty not from the State or Federal government, but from his Creator.
The Sovereign Citizen needs no one’s permission or consent to exercise the Audacity of Nope.
Cross posted at Republican Club of the Foothills.