On Tuesday, pro-gun blogger Mike Vanderboegh posted a letter he sent to Lt. Paul Vance, the Connecticut state police officer who told a resident he was "the master" in a phone conversation that sparked outrage across the country.
"You know, you got well and truly ambushed the other day by 'Guerrilla Girl Ashley' who allowed you to do a job on yourself and your department that would be hard for a wizened old one-eyed Viet Cong fighter to top," he said in a lengthy email.
"Calling Ashley 'un-American,' now that was predictable, but going all Darth-Vader-to-Obi-Wan-Kenobi on her, ranting repeatedly 'I am the master,' well, that was just too precious. It was a great gift for which we thank you, so self-revealing is it. In Ira Veritas indeed," he added.
"Ma'am, it sounds like you're anti-American, it sounds like you're anti-law. I can't answer your question," he said about five minutes into the conversation.
But he went further, after Ashley reminded him that he is, in fact, a servant of the people whose taxes pay his salary.
"You're the servant, we're the master," she said.
"I'm the master, ma'am. I'm the master," he said in response.
He also asked Vance a question he explored in a speech he gave at the Alamo: "Do the people serve the government, or does the government serve the people as the Founders intended, and made plain in the text of the Constitution?"
In the call, Vance is also heard telling Ashley he doesn't "want to talk about the Constitution" at all.
Vanderboegh said the Constitutionality of the new gun control law "has every bearing" on the issue.
"Indeed, the only way you have gotten away with such a statement so far is that you are talking about firearms confiscation (and not, say, racial profiling) and that the Connecticut media is ignoring the 85% of Connecticut firearm owners (who are telling you to stick it where the sun don't shine) with all the willful blindness of Walter Duranty in the Stalinist Soviet Union," he added.
But Vanderboegh said what struck him "most forcefully" was Vance's claim that he would bear no personal responsibility for any "bloody raids" that might ensue as a result of the gun control law.
"You really believe that with Connecticut citizens targeted for deadly raids that, you, the public face of such tyranny, would bear no responsibility or culpability for those deaths," he said before asking if Josef Goebbels deserved a pass simply because he didn't personally deploy the Zyklon B in the Nazi gas chambers.
"So, if the law is going to be enforced NOW, or at least in the next weeks or months, and the U.S. Supreme Court won't get the case for at least another year and a half, what are you going to do when you discover that the law you've been killing people under is null and void? Oh, that's right, you don't do that sort of thing yourself, you're just paid to excuse it and explain it away, like Herr Goebbels," he added.
While some have suggested that SWAT-style raids might be used to confiscate guns deemed "assault weapons" by the new law, the state has not decided on a final course of action -- at least for now.
In a press release, Connecticut Carry said the state "does not have the stomach to enforce the edicts and laws with which they threaten gun owners."
“From Governor Malloy, to Undersecretary Lawlor to DESPP, Commissioner Schriro, and Lieutenant Cooke of the firearms unit, and including Lt. Paul Vance, the state needs to s**t, or get off the pot. The fact is, the state does not have the balls to enforce these laws. The laws would not survive the public outcry and resistance that would occur," said Connecticut Carry Director Ed Peruta.
As many as 350,000 state residents are in violation of the law, experts say, and over 100,000 could face felony charges.
"That means over 3.6% of the entire adult population of Connecticut has been transformed into a felon by the new registration law," Ammoland said. "Roughly one in twenty Connecticut homes could have their doors smashed in by heavily armed law enforcement seeking to confiscate firearms."
Vanderboegh said Vance would not be excused if law enforcement authorities decided to use force against gun owners in the state and warned that someone could get killed for kicking in the wrong door.
He concluded with another reference to Goebbels.
"Just remember that Josef Goebbels is looking over your shoulder, grinning from Hell. If you look intently in the mirror, you might just be able to see him, chuckling at your cluelessness," he said.
Video of the conversation between Ashley and Vance can be seen here.
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