By Mark Walters
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USA – -(Ammoland.com)- Well, this is it. The final column before the Tuesday that will define the direction America takes into the future for decades to come.
Will the nation veer sharp left next week or will sanity prevail? The ramifications are enormous.
As freedom loving gun owners, the decision we make on Tuesday will reach deep into our lives, for the rest of our lives. That decision must be the right one.
Here’s why. For several years I have been making the prediction (publicly) that the day is rapidly approaching when good, decent, God-fearing, law-abiding Americans are going to have to make tough, terrible decisions that they never thought they would have to make in their lifetimes here in America. We are inching ever closer to that day and the results of the election in six days will give us insight into just how close we are to that day of reckoning.
What exactly am I referring to when I say “terrible” decisions? I’ll admit, I’ve been intentionally ambiguous about it over the years, to make people think. I had always hoped (and still, do) that I never have to explain precisely what that statement means to me, but I’ll give you a hint and tip my hat.
It might not mean the same thing to you. In other words, the decisions we may have to make are individual, not collective.
Oh, to be sure, there will be some collective decisions such as mid-term elections, etc.. However, the most important decisions will be individual. Here’s an example.
Rule of Laws
Most law-abiding citizens have never questioned their belief in adherence to the rule of law. We know, as real people that following the law is an integral part of what keeps our society intact. If the law were something we could pick and choose to adhere to, we would be nothing more than a third world, banana republic in a state of constant anarchy.
But there are two sets of laws. Natural and man-made.
Natural law is just that, a set of original rules that predate man and form the basis of the direction of the universe and all living things. Natural law dictates that the strong survive. Put a hungry lion in a cage with a Shih Tzu, and I can promise you that the law of nature will relegate that Shih Tzu to becoming the lion’s dinner. At least a snack. (I know, I have a Shih Tzu, and the thought is horrifying.)
The Order of Law
Man is powerless to stop that which is beyond his control. As a result, we are relegated to living within its confines, as we define it, hence why we create man-made laws to supplement natural law. While the natural order of things presupposes that the strongest survive, we make it illegal for the more powerful human to murder and subjugate the weaker, for example.
It’s how societies remain, shall we say, civil. In simplistic terms, all of us as human beings have a natural right to defend our lives but that right is constrained by man-made definitions (laws) of self-defense created by us. To do otherwise, such as allowing each to determine their own set of rules, would invite chaos and anarchy.
Therefore, as civil beings living in a civil society, we have a responsibility and an obligation to follow those laws, made by people we entrust with the power we have given them to make such rules, within limits. Here in America, our Bill of Rights recognizes the natural laws that predate our existence and in theory limits the actions of the powerful by protecting those rights from men and women who would trample them. In practice, it is designed to act as a firewall against men and women who would abuse the authority we give them.
The firewall of protections afforded us by the Bill of Rights against those who would ignore them has been under considerable strain during the Obama years. It promises to get worse under a Hillary Clinton corruption machine the likes of which we have never seen occupy the White House. That machine has consistently and overtly threatened our natural rights and the means we choose to protect them from threats of man-made orders designed to subjugate us to the will of the government (gun control). I submit to you, and I believe the founding fathers would agree, that no man or woman possesses the moral authority to change “natural law” (through man-made edict) that governs our individual rights as human beings to use whatever tool we choose to defend ourselves from violent predators or tyrannical governments.
One of the first terrible decisions people will be forced to make during a Clinton presidency is whether or not they would comply with any Hillary Clinton “order” as it pertains to our right to bear arms. (I already know the answer to that and so do you). The chaos that would ensue as a result of her actions (and even her desire to do so) presents a clear and present danger to our nation’s security.
Pray to God the right thing happens in six days.
About Mark Walters
Mark Walters is the host of two nationally syndicated radio broadcasts, Armed American Radio and Armed American Radio’s Daily Defense with Mark Walters. He is the Second Amendment Foundations 2015 Gun Rights Defender of the Year award recipient and co-author of two books, Lessons from Armed America with Kathy Jackson (Whitefeather Press) and Lessons from UnArmed America with Rob Pincus (Whitefeather Press)