7 Oct 20 “Between the Restoration and the Glorious Revolution, the Stuart Kings (Charles II and James II) succeeded in using select militias loyal to them to suppress political dissidents, in part by disarming their opponents.  Under the auspices of the 1671 ‘Game Act,’ for example, Catholic James II ordered general disarmament of homes of his Protestant enemies. These experiences caused Englishmen to be extremely wary of concentrated military forces run by the state, and to be jealous of their own personal arms. They accordingly obtained an assurance from William and Mary, in the ‘Declaration of Right’ (which was codified as the ‘English Bill of Rights’), that Protestants would never be disarmed: ‘That the subjects which are Protestants may have arms for their defense suitable to their conditions, and as allowed by law.’ This right has long been understood to be the predecessor to our own Second Amendment. It was clearly an individual right, having nothing whatever to do with service in a militia.” Supreme Court Justice Anthony Scalia, “A Legacy of Landmark Opinions and Dissents” Again, no one (save apparently Scalia) studies history! Today, criminal violence (on the part of Democrat supporters) is arrogantly defended by Democrat politicians. They claim that arson, theft, mayhem, looting, vandalism, blocking of vital highways, extortion, even murder (on the part of their supporters) is all “justified,” because it is a form of “free speech” And, they demand to be taken seriously! Criminal violence becomes “free speech,” so long as it is directed at their opponents. In CO, for example, verbal threats to injure are misdemeanors, but threats in schools are felonies. So, anyone can threaten to murder you, even point a gun at you, and liberal prosecutors won’t file charges, because they claim such deadly menacing is merely “free speech.” But merely mumble a few words about pulling your kids out of school, and you will be charged with a felony! Someone you don’t know and have never even met, who has no medical credentials, claims during secret testimony they you are “mentally unstable,” and police suddenly show-up at your door and forcefully seize all your guns, probably forever. All without any species of due process, all without any opportunity for you to refute false testimony, all without your knowledge, all without trial, nor any criminal charges ever being brought against you! James II would feel right at home! If we are to remain a Constitutional Republic, such absurd and corrupted “definitions” need to be laughed off the stage, along with those who mouth them! Yet, there is no check-and-balance system for prosecutors who bring liberal politics into their job. They can interpret (or distort) the law, essentially without limit! Our individual rights as Americans are in great peril, and institutions that are supposed to protect us, our rights, and our Constitution (courts, legislatures, et al) are dubious indeed, as we see! So long as Marxists (masquerading as “Democrats”) are allowed to casually (re)define terms at their whim, our rights are not safe! /John