Armies of One

I don’t plan to harp on this perpetually, but since most MSM treatments of the issue don’t seem to grasp the point that many of those defending their “Second Amendment rights” are actually asserting their own right of violent revolution, I’ll note some examples now and then.

A Kentucky sheriff is getting a lot of notoriety today for saying he won’t enforce any new gun laws that he considers unconstitutional.

Asked whether such a stance makes him more a judge than a law-enforcement official, Jackson County Sheriff Denny Peyman said he has “a team of attorneys to step up with me if necessary to be sure the Second Amendment is upheld.”

“I consider this a moral obligation,” he said.

Peyman, who has been sheriff of Jackson County for two years and is a member of the National Rifle Association, is garnering national attention and support from gun rights advocates for saying Saturday, “My office will not comply with any federal actions which violate the United States Constitution or the Kentucky Constitution which I swore to uphold.”

It seems Peyman will not only defy laws he and his legal posse considers unconstitutional, but laws that might someday lead to laws that might be unconstitutional, again according to Justice Peyman:

Asked what he thinks about doing away with AK-47s, Peyman said, “If they pull them off the market, what will they pull off next?”

I suppose you could make the same floodgates argument about the very existence of his own job, since nobody’s gun rights would be threatened if there were no law enforcement officers available to enforce gun laws. But whatever.

Some gun defenders are a bit more direct than Peyman in asserting their right to unilaterally choose which laws to obey or defy, and a bit more active in seeking remedies. Here’s the birther legal activist Larry Klayman writing at Birther Central, World News Daily:

Obama’s threats to use executive orders to remove or curtail our right to bear arms constitutes the final straw. It is in effect a declaration of war against the American people and our way of life.

For our Founding Fathers bequeathed to us the right to bear arms primarily to protect us, should the need ever arise, against a tyrannical government. Their primary motive was not to allow us to defend ourselves against random criminals and madmen like Adam Lanza, however useful guns would have been and are in this regard….

The irony today, as it was in 1776, is that that these miscalculations by our rulers will in the end serve to be their own undoing and result in our liberation from their evil clutches. Let us pray that Obama and Biden and the likes of Pelosi and Reid are so stupid as to carry through with their threats, so that the masses will finally be provoked to rise up as they did in colonial times.

Clear enough for you? It is for me.

Ed Kilgore

Ed Kilgore, a Monthly contributing editor, is a columnist for the Daily Intelligencer, New York magazine’s politics blog, and the managing editor for the Democratic Strategist.