Semper Vigilans - Re: Extremism

From: Russell Whitaker (
Date: Tue Jan 09 2001 - 13:59:38 MST

>From: Brian D Williams <>
>From: Harvey Newstrom <>
> >Non-extremists have a goal. They pull in one direction until the
> >goal is reached. Then they stop. They have logical criteria and
> >stop when the objective goals have been achieved.
>Then by your defination my fellow NRA members and I are non-
>extremists. We have a goal, a simple one. That is to see that our
>constitutional rights granted under the 2nd Amendment are restored
>and that no further infringement takes place.

Well put, Brian. I would have elided "constitutional", however, and said
"recognized by"
rather than "granted under". The 1st ten amendments to the
U.S. Constitution are not a Magna Carta-style "grant of rights" _to_
government (you know this Brian, just mentioning for others)
but a more of a fundamental "bill of prohibitions" against certain
actions _by_ government.

The 2nd amendment, in particular, gives teeth to the enforcement
of the other amendments. It's one statement recognizing RKBA as
_the_ fundamental civil right, without which all others are just

As soon as all the infringements against it are removed,
then the goals of the RKBA organizations of which I'm a
member will have been met.

Oh, and after that: "eternal vigilance"... which takes on
enhanced meaning when you're an immortalist.


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