William Blackstone, Sir
Edward Coke, Thomas Jefferson & Lysander Spooner (etc.) 'got
reference to the lawfulness of revolution whenever the rights
of the people are trampled upon, Blackstone* says:
“And lastly, to vindicate those rights, when actually violated
or attacked, the subjects of England are entitled, in the
first place, to the regular administration and free course of
justice in the courts of law; next, to the right of
petitioning the King and Parliament for redress of grievances;
and lastly, TO THE RIGHT OF HAVING AND USING ARMS FOR
SELF-PRESERVATION AND DEFENCE.”
were the principles of the English Revolution settlement of
1688, and upon which the British Constitution were based.)
on the Law of England, Book 1, Chap.1
I'm actually no 'advocator' of guns.
Or, at least, I never have been ... until now.
But, I'm beginning to change my mind.
Because ... how do you defend yourself (in every possible
way) without one?
Now ... you are going to say: Because the Police have many
more guns than you, and EVEN IF THEY JUST THINK you have one,
that is sufficient to get you shot ... cf. Mark Duggan.
That is not, necessarily, the case.
Under a different scenario.
Under the scenario envisaged by the Bill of Rights
1688 (see above) (and the American 2nd Amendment)
WHERE -EVERYBODY- HAS A GUN ... AND IS PREPARED TO USE IT IN THEIR
OWN DEFENCE, AND THE DEFENCE OF OTHERS.
Under that scenario.
What would a dozen ARMED State Mercenaries do ... up against 100
people also fully ARMED?
What would 3 ARMED Bailiffs do, up against 20 people fully ARMED?
The answer (I think you might find) is: "Shit themselves".
We actually have a modern-day 'model'.
It's called "Switzerland".
Every adult, in Switzerland, must own a gun ... AND KNOW HOW
TO MAINTAIN & USE IT (that is crucial!).
That means the entirety of Switzerland = The Swiss Army ... and (I
suggest) it has done two things:
1. Maintained Swiss neutrality ... and
2. Minimised crime in Switzerland. When was the last time
you heard of a big crime wave in Switzerland? When was the last time
you heard ANYTHING about Switzerland ... except "The Gnomes of
Zurich", "Secret Bank accounts", "Swiss watches & Cuckoo
clocks"? Oh ... and "Geneva Conventions"?
Under that scenario, everyone is on an equal footing.
Except that ... The People ... comprised the largest number.
And ... as many people tell me ... NUMBERS MATTER.
And ... suddenly ... "The Government FEARS The People"!
Which turns 'the idea of Government' the right way round.
Instead of the tail wagging the dog ... it's the dog that wags its
tail ... or not ... as it chooses.
(Just a few thoughts)