Lock and Load!
On October 8th, 2013 the Saint Augustine Tea Party (SATP) conducted its first open speaker meeting of the month at the Village Inn in St. Augustine, Florida. The SATP open meetings are held on the second and fourth Tuesday of each month. The scheduled speaker was Janet Smith, a well known re-enactor and historian. The topic of discussion was “The Florida Second Amendment Preservation Act". A draft of a proposed Bill was presented to the Tea Party audience. The object is to get it on the docket for a vote in the next Florida legislative session, which begins in mid-March, 2014. This Bill will tighten restrictions on Federal incursions, from Obama-land, designed to counter our Right to Bear Arms.
Joining Janet was her husband, Bruce Smith, who gave a detailed historical sketch of the institution of the term, "the Right to Bear Arms". In the year 690 AD in Britain, a law was passed that said, "All fathers must get a long bow and teach their children to shoot". The object, of course, was self protection. From whom? Bandits, thieves, but more specifically...standing armies.
The 'standing army' was a subject abhorrent to our Founding Fathers. It was a standing army that encroached on the Colonists, which 'quartered' themselves, by force, in the homes of the Colonists. Thus, we have the 3rd Amendment of the Constitution protecting home owners from forced 'quartering' of soldiers.
Nor, is 'Disarmament' something new. All tyrants try to disarm the people.
In 1649, King Charles the 1st was executed for attempting to disarm the people. But time and again, each power hungry King or Potentate, tries 'disarmament' so that they will have absolute control over the people. Just 10 years later, after Charles the 1st lost his head, Cromwell, decided that the Catholics needed to be disarmed. Also, 'registration of fire arms' is nothing new. In the Seventeenth Century, Charles the 2nd demanded a weekly tally of the guns made in England.
The correct understanding of the Militia, according to Bruce Smith, is this:
The Militia is composed of the "whole of the People"; that is, all of the adult citizens. They must be adequately armed to throw off any tyrannical dictator.
The fear now, in the United States, is that there a 'de facto' standing army, where even small towns and villages have swat teams and armored vehicles.
Worse, they are wired into Federal Homeland Security. Thus, when the King in Washington, D.C. declares martial law, his edit is instantly directed to every little town and city in the Country.
Thus, We The People have a duty to arm ourselves, know our Rights, and strengthen our local State laws that nail down our Right to Bear Arms.
Janet Smith laid out the plan for Florida's' "2nd Amendment Preservation Act" to the Saint Augustine Tea Party. Her presentation was well received. Twenty four patriots signed up for more information. Several will make up a core group for St. Johns County.
"It is always an enlightening experience when the Smiths visit the SATP. They both are so well informed. We always learn a lot from Bruce and Janet. More importantly, how to apply what we have learned to the situation at hand. Lock and load," a Tea Party member said.