At a campaign event, Francis O'Rourke (aka Beto) responded to a gentleman named Evan MacDonald on his remarks that the Second Amendment is "intended to ensure that the American public if they need to, can provide a check on a tyrannical government."
Francis, in typical statist fashion, not only said that people cannot fight a government, but also that they do not have the right to do so. "If it is a right to be able to rise up or stand up against your government, I don't accept that," Francis said, adding "That's not my reading of the constitution."
Francis had earlier claimed that it was impossible for citizens to arm themselves sufficiently to confront a tyrannical government. "We can't arm ourselves efficiently enough to fight against a tyrannical government and we are going to need more than an AR-15." This statement only proves our stance that all gun control laws infringe on our natural rights, since we do not have access to the same weaponry as our own standing military.
His more recent remarks were in direct contradiction to the entire foundation upon which our nation was built, and completely devoid of any historical knowledge. The first shots of the American Revolution were literally fired over the British's attempt to seize or destroy the local militia's weapons caches. The whole notion of "taxation without representation" was merely the catalyst that birthed the spark of civil disobedience that led to the Crown wanting to seize arms in the first place.
Because of this, the Anti-Federalists conditioned their ratification of the new constitution on the grounds that a Bill of Rights be added to keep the government in check. In keeping their promise, the Federalists put forth the Bill of Rights, and it is what became the Second Amendment that protects the natural rights of the people to arm themselves, and even form militias capable of defending their liberty against a rogue government. This is precicely why the Second Amendment begins by saying "A well regulated militia [is] necessary to the security of a free State..."
Even in the Declaration of Independence, Jefferson penned this wonderful phrase to solidify this fact (emphasis added):
"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. — That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, — That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government..."
Francis' remarks come after various people, including politicians, veterans, and former law enforcement officers had openly declared that they would not allow the government to infringe on their God-given rights to defend themselves.
Francis had suggested confiscating people’s arms in a mandatory buyback program that led to the (temporary) collapse of the bipartisan talks on gun control in which Trump was willing to make even more compromises on the Second Amendment. Trump was willing to allow various background checks that would ultimately prevent law-abiding citizens from acquiring firearms for self-defense without a national registry, but those talks have been put on hold for the time being.
The Democratic Presidential candidate had persisted on his buyback program and promised to include more firearms on the list despite opposition from members of his party. The bipartisan talks had taken backstage after Democrats shifted their attention to a possible Trump’s impeachment based on allegations that he had pressured the Ukrainian government to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden.
Even though all of this has taken a back seat, it is imperative that we do everything within our power to prevent this tyranny. Sign our petition against gun control, and join LSGR today. This will seriously help our fight against corrupt politicians who seek to disarm us and make us merely subjects of the government. Only together is it possible to refresh the Tree of Liberty with only the repealing of laws instead of the blood of patriots and tyrants.