“On the Eighteenth of April…”

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One Empire’s troops marched to disarm the people 238 years ago today, and earlier this week, another Empire’s court transferred Benjamin Wassell’s case to a grand jury with the same object in view: “The former Marine is facing three felony charges and a misdemeanor after he was arrested in February. The state Attorney General’s Office accused him of selling illegal semi-automatic weapons to an undercover State Police investigator. His case will now go before a grand jury” in the People’s Socialist Republic of New York State.

For exercising his right to keep and bear, a right that “shall not be infringed,” Mr. Wassell “could face up to seven years in prison [under New York’s anti-constitutional SAFE Act]. No word yet on his next court appearance.”

We may want to take a lesson from the courageous colonists in Lexington, Massachusetts on that glorious day two centuries ago. Recall that the Redcoats were hunting not just weapons but John Hancock and Sam Adams. Yet Lexington’s patriots, all 70 or 80 of them, bravely, even suicidally, opposed the 700 enforcers sent to disarm them and arrest Hancock and Adams. What if they hadn’t?

Meanwhile, a hearty thanks to the “many family, friends and strangers” clogging the courtroom this Wednesday past to support Mr. Wassell. “Disobedience to tyrants is obedience to God.”

11:25 am on April 19, 2013