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A Bat-Crap Crazy Look at Freedom
Montana's 62nd legislative session is history, and during my first week home, I find myself reminiscing and shaking my head in disbelief; our great republic is dying, and so few see it. No longer yearning to be free, today's Americans demand security. The principles in our founding documents have been ignored, twisted, and tarnished to the point where today's patriots advocating the restoration of those principles are ridiculed and demonized as extremists. Last week Montana's governor referred to us as "bat-crap crazy."
So once again, let me explain America's greatest founding principle and why this citizen is "bat-crap crazy" about our current predicament. The spark of liberty, which in 1776 drove ordinary patriots to do extraordinary things, needs re-ignited. Let it begin with you, right here, right now.
By Divine Providence and in two eternal sentences, Thomas Jefferson clearly defined what it uniquely means to be an American in our Declaration of Independence: "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness."
He explained government's function in the second sentence. "That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed."
For 235 years, the answers to the most complex of questions concerning the relationship between God, liberty, and government can be found in those two sentences. Now, this balance is under assault.
Our rights come from God, not government, and being unalienable, they cannot be taken away. Unfortunately, we can surrender them, and sadly, we have at alarming rates.
Now, let me put a face on unalienable rights by explaining a bill I carried in the legislature, HB 271, an Act allowing for the permit-less conceal-carry of weapons. Self-preservation of your life, liberty, and property is a fundamental right endowed by our Creator. Government's obligation to secure that right is defined in the Second Amendment of the U.S. Constitution and in Article II, Section 12 of the Montana Constitution. In 1919, by making the conceal-carry of self-defense objects a crime, Montana legislators surrendered the right of self-preservation to the law enforcement agencies of government. (Just so you know, Montana Code includes slingshots, brass knuckles, and knives with blades longer than 4 inches as self-defense weapons which are illegal to conceal.) The right to openly carry weapons remained intact, but the tactical advantage inherent in conceal-carry was traded away under the guise of enhanced public safety.
Yielding our rights is very easy and is always billed in the media as being progressive and open minded. However, earning them back requires the blood, sweat, and tears of ordinary patriots who have simply had enough.
This bill has passed the House and Senate and is currently sitting on the governor's desk. He has until May 12 to veto, sign, or let it become law without his signature.
With Montana's passage of HB 271, we will join Wyoming, Arizona, Alaska, and Vermont as states allowing citizens to conceal-carry weapons without first obtaining the permission of government. This is but one small step to re-establish fundamental constitutional principles... and to obstruct this is "bat-crap crazy."