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Lee Boyland earned a degree in nuclear engineering, then entered active duty as an officer in the U.S. Army Ordnance Corps. A graduate of the U.S. Navy’s Explosive and Nuclear Ordnance Disposal Schools, Boyland was assigned to the Defense Atomic Support Agency in Albuquerque, NM. A member of DASA’s Nuclear Emergency Team responsible for nuclear weapons accidents, including the rendering safe of armed nuclear warheads, he had access to the design details of every nuclear and thermonuclear warhead developed by the United States through the Mark 63 warhead. His duties took him to the Nevada Test Site on many occasions. After leaving the Army, he designed conventional and special ordnance, and demilitarized chemical weapons at Rocky Mountain Arsenal and Tooele Army Depot. He made the transition to hazardous waste management by applying aerospace combustion technology to incineration of Agent Orange. He is the author of "The Rings of Allah and Behold, an Ashen Horse," which received critical acclaim by the Military Writers Society of America.
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Will Ignoring The Second Amendment
Trigger Another Civil War?

Lee Boyland
February 6, 2013
This article is co-authored with Vista Boyland.

In past essays we have asked, "Have We Ditched the Constitution?" and "Have We Kept Our Republic?" In a recent essay, "A Well Regulated Militia," we discussed the purpose of the Second Amendment.

Today we wish to address the number one question facing America. It is not gun control. No, the real question is whether we will keep our Constitutional Republic, or become -- like a failed European country -- a nation led by Progressives bent on imposing their view of a multicultural, politically correct society on our citizens?

Progressives view the world through lenses tinted with a mixture of Fascism and Socialism: a view that is not based upon individual liberty; thus placing their view at odds with our Constitution -- a pesky document that continues to thwart many of their plans. Progressive activist judges have attempted to circumvent the Constitution by issuing unconstitutional rulings, Congress has passed unconstitutional laws, and our current President has bypassed the Constitution with executive orders and appointments; practices we consider nothing less than an attempted coup.

America is a Constitutional Republic, and neither the president, Congress, nor the Supreme Court can amend the Constitution. In order to seize guns the Second Amendment to the Constitution must be amended or repealed. Until the Second Amendment is amended or repealed, citizens of the United States retain the right, and indeed the obligation, to resist any confiscation effort with force. Progressives' drive to disarm law-abiding citizens fans the flames of civil unrest and portends the threat of violent resistance and even civil war.

Many years ago we came to the realization that Progressivism is a religion. Yes, it's true. Progressives take their doctrine as an article of faith, thus they cannot be wrong. Allowing people with this mindset to govern is courting disaster. Events in Washington over the past four years clearly demonstrate this to be true.

Once a Progressive prince or princess makes a statement, and another Progressive prince or princess concurs, the statement becomes an indisputable fact. Like parrots, other Progressives fall all over themselves repeating, agreeing, confirming, and expanding the unproven "fact." Global warming and green energy are examples of this phenomenon. How many millions has the Obama Administration wasted on solar energy projects that went bust at taxpayers' expense? And how many "Greenies" have run like lemmings to embrace the environmentalist's mantra to save the planet by switching to unproven green energy technology?

Progressives hate citizen gun ownership, yet they surround themselves with armed guards, some who have been found carrying illegal weapons. Mayor Bloomberg is accompanied by armed guards, yet he refused to allow the New York National Guard into the area damaged by Hurricane Sandy to aid in rescue attempts and prevent looting and assaults. Why? Because National Guard soldiers carry guns.

Since Progressives want nothing to do with guns, and most likely know little-to-nothing about them, it's understandable that they can easily demand or write inane legislation. Take "assault weapons" for example. Progressives don't like to be bothered with technical details like accurately defining an "assault weapon." Why? Because once a clear definition is established their scheme to grab our guns would fall apart.

Let's examine the term "assault weapon." By definition an "assault" is a physical attack -- a beating, stabbing, mugging, or battering. A "weapon" is defined as a device designed to injure or kill, something used to gain advantage. Thus, an assault weapon is any object that can be used to inflict damage on another person, an animal or an inert object.

If we are to use the proper definition for an "assault weapon," we must ban, in addition to firearms, automobiles, motorcycles, bicycles, knives, baseball bats, hockey sticks, rocks, tire irons, rebar, screwdrivers, hammers, axes, nail-guns, hoes, shovels, spades, crowbars, just about all tools, and of course "personal weapons" like hands, fists, and feet. To avoid this inconvenient truth, Progressives are using words like high capacity magazines, thumbhole stocks (the logic of the last one totally escapes us), semi-automatic, handgrips, folding stocks, semi-automatic pistols with detachable magazines (all semi-automatic pistols have detachable magazines), and any other descriptive term they can think of.

If you buy what the news media and Progressives are selling, then you believe banning guns will result in a huge reduction in assaults and murders. But facts tell a different story, as the most recent FBI data for 2011 shows.

2011 Aggravated Assaults
Firearms: 136,371
Knife or Cutting Instruments: 121,786
Other Weapons: 207,435
Hands, Fists & Feet: 172,931
Total: 638,523

2011 murder statistics reveal a disparity between Progressives' claims about their definition of "assault weapons (i.e, AR-15s or AK47s)" -- actually all of these deaths were caused by real assault weapons. A quick look at the data tells the story.

2011 Murders: 12,664
Pistols: 6,220
Shotguns: 356
Rifles: 367
Unknown Types: 1,684
Total Firearms: 8,583
Knife or Sharp Instruments: 1,694
Clubs: 496
Hands, Fists, Feet, etc.: 728
Other Weapons: 1640

It is interesting to note that of the 8,583 deaths caused by firearms, 6,220 were by pistols, 356 were by shotguns, and 367 were by rifles (including "assault rifles"). "Personal weapons" (hands, fists, feet, etc.) caused 728 murders, almost double the number of murders caused by rifles. Will Progressives want to require background checks for knives and tools? What about hand, fists and feet; how will Progressives regulate them? Murder statistics by state are even more enlightening. Note the correlation between assaults and murders to states with strict gun laws.

Applying common sense to the problem of gun violence, one can quickly identify mental health issues as the common thread among most shootings. If people with identified mental issues are added to state or federal databases used for background checks, such individuals will be flagged and prevented for purchasing guns. Unfortunately, current laws prevent including this critical data, thus universal background checks are a farce.

Progressives have shown little interest in identifying and fixing the real gun problems -- mental illness and criminals. Instead, Progressives block requirements for health providers to release mental health information for background checks; avoid enforcing existing gun laws; do not prosecute violent repeat offenders; and do not round up known street gangs. Instead we have watched in horror as the Fast & Furious guns for drug cartels scandal unfolded. Federal agents allowed, in fact encouraged, gun stores to sell "assault rifles" to straw buyers for Mexican drug cartels.

No, Progressives are obviously not interested in preventing gun crimes; therefore we have deduced that their true purpose is to disarm our citizens. Once they succeed, the elites, people who believe they know what's best for us, will be able to control our lives. Again we refer to the wacky mayor of New York City, who has taken it upon himself to decide how large a soda cup people can purchase. Just image how many more things he'll want to regulate.

Five years ago, fueled by the news media, Barack Hussein Obama, a charming man of mystery with no history, became the Progressives' crown prince; and America elected a president with no record of accomplishments and no avowed philosophy. Riding an emotional wave of fervor, Obama became president of the most powerful nation in the world, simply because he was a well-spoken, handsome, black man who promised "change." Unfortunately, the news media failed to ask what he meant by "change;" and as a result we've suffered four years learning the irrefutable truth. Our president is a Far-Left ideologue with a dark and mysterious past; a president who's spending our money like the proverbial drunken sailor, sinking our Republic in debt and destroying our ability to defend ourselves.

America also elected a Far-Left Senate, which, other than blaming former President Bush, has done nothing to produce a budget in four years. Instead they've ardently supported a President who has not only added over four trillion dollars to the nation's debt, but is now demanding authority to keep on increasing the debt. Progressives in Congress see no reason why their darling President should have to ask them for authority to borrow -- another of those hateful Constitutional requirements. Heck, why not crown him king and be done with it?

In addition to driving America to financial ruin our "lead from behind" President seems bent on destroying stability in the Middle East and Egypt. By deliberately throwing proven leaders under the bus, Obama has enabled more dictatorial, Islamic, anti-American leaders to rise to power. Egypt, a secular nation that formerly blended Islamic and Western culture is now an Islamic dictatorship, controlled by the Muslim Brotherhood, the ikwhan -- a fanatical movement that is determined to rule the world under Allah's archaic Islamic Shariah law. Egypt's population has finally awakened and is attempting to roll back Shariah and regain their freedom.

Instead of supporting the true democratic movement in Egypt, President Obama is sending the Muslim Brotherhood F16 fighters and M1 tanks. If these modern weapons are not used on Egypt's citizens they will be used on Israel. Senator Rand Paul offered an amendment to stop the transfer. The Senate voted to table the amendment (kill it). All Democrats, except Kerry and Murray who did not vote, and most Republicans voted to table. Only nineteen Republican senators voted nay. Remember, we elected these men and women to do the peoples' business, NOT their party's business.

Now that Progressives control the White House, Senate and almost have control of the Supreme Court, Americans are beginning to realize the actions of our sitting President have violated (by exceeding) powers granted to his office in Article II of the Constitution. In fact, President Obama has repeatedly usurped powers granted to Congress.

Progressives also control the news media and the educational system and therein lies the real problem. Freedom requires a, watchful, skeptical, factual news media, and attentive, properly educated citizens. Thanks to Progressive indoctrination in our schools, colleges and universities and a totally biased news media, which, with few exceptions, has become a propaganda organ for the Far-Left, the American people have, in general, become a nation of know-nothings.

Today the Progressives want our firearms. If they succeed in confiscating them we could quickly become subjects of a king or tyrannical dictator. Remember, Adolph Hitler, a man who clearly knew how to seize power, said, "To conquer a nation, first disarm its citizens." In a matter of a few weeks, sequestration will be triggered and our already hollow military will be decimated. By the end of the year America will be incapable of projecting power and in fact could be defeated. With a disarmed citizenry and a weakened military, how long will it take a foreign power to test us?

What went wrong? How did we get ourselves into this mess? The answer is simple. We went to the mall or slept while the Progressives declared the Constitution a "living document" -- an antiquated document that could be reinterpreted at will and disregarded piecemeal -- and took over. While we partied the unemployed were placed into a welfare system that encouraged them not to seek work and to vote for their new masters -- the providers of their largess. Are we still asleep or at the mall? Or are we going to have to fight in the streets to retain the right to bear arms to defend ourselves against all enemies domestic and foreign -- fight to save our Republic?

We are about to find out. A major effort to disarm America has begun. Thomas Jefferson said:

"And what country can preserve its liberties if their rulers are not warned from time to time that their people preserve the spirit of resistance? Let them take arms. The remedy is to set them right as to facts, pardon and pacify them. What signify a few lives lost in a century or two? The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants. It is it's natural manure."

The Internet is full of stories that President Obama has developed a litmus test for new generals. The test is a question, "Will you order you troops to fire on civilians?" If the answer is no, the man or woman's career is over. If this is true, then we have reached the tipping point of revolution. America will have reached its "litmus test."

Soon citizens of the United States of America will have to choose between protecting their Constitution or becoming subjects of a new tyrannical form of government.

Every member of Congress, the President, all senior members of the Executive Branch, and the military have taken an oath to defend and protect the Constitution against all enemies domestic and foreign. They did not take an oath to obey the President or the Congress or the Supreme Court. Military officers are taught to refuse to obey an illegal order, such as firing on demonstrating citizens in the United States. Any member of Congress, the Executive Branch or the military who advocates a "living document" Constitution has violated his or her oath, and they are insurrectionists.

What will be the results of America's litmus test? Are the drums of revolution softly beating? Are we headed for a second Civil War? Events will soon determine the answer.

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