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Resolved to be a 'gun criminal'

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This is the time of year for making resolutions--promises to oneself that the new year will be characterized by a new start in the effort toward self-improvement. Maybe it's weight loss or more exercise, quitting smoking,or maybe it's simply being kinder to those around us. The vast majority of us have a fairly wide range of options on aspects of our lives that leave room for improvement.

As gun rights advocates, we can make resolutions of our own, in support of the issue we hold dear. National Gun Rights Examiner David Codrea has offered many excellent examples in the past, and this column has also come up with a suggestion. This year, current events suggest another possibility.

With the passage in Connecticut early last year of a draconian ban of so-called "assault weapons" and so-called "high capacity" magazines (gun-hater-speak for "standard capacity magazines"), yesterday was the deadline for registering these soon-to-be-illegal items, because the ban "generously" exempts guns and magazines owned--and registered--before the ban's effective date (today). Over the last week or so, we're told that "Conn. gun owners rush to register weapons, ammo [a great many journalists--and a few particularly clueless politicians--are evidently utterly baffled by the distinction between magazines and ammunition]," and "Connecticut Gun Owners Scramble to Register Weapons By Jan. 1." There are even reports of "assault weapon" owners enduring long lines to register their firearms.

This, remember, comes right on the heels of our latest reminder (as if one were needed) that gun registration is tantamount to confiscation. And still, gun owners are rushing, scrambling, and even waiting in long lines--to facilitate the eventual confiscation of their own firearms. This, the "pragmatic" gun owners tell us, is the cost of being a "law abiding gun owner."

That price is too high. Being "law abiding" is not worth it, not when the laws themselves are an assault on justice and decency. Some pretty impressive moral authority can be found to back up that statement:

Unjust laws exist: shall we be content to obey them.
Henry David Thoreau

Any fool can make a rule, and any fool will mind it.
Henry David Thoreau

An unjust law is itself a species of violence. Arrest for its breach is more so.
Mahatma Gandhi

An individual who breaks a law that conscience tells him is unjust, and who willingly accepts the penalty of imprisonment in order to arouse the conscience of the community over its injustice, is in reality expressing the highest respect for the law.
Martin Luther King, Jr.

One has not only a legal but a moral responsibility to obey just laws. Conversely, one has a moral responsibility to disobey unjust laws. I would agree with St. Augustine that "an unjust law is no law at all."
Martin Luther King, Jr.

No more. This correspondent will not be a "law abiding" gun owner, because that term has come to require compliance with evil.

Sadly, I lack the boldness of Mike Vanderboegh, with his open, in-your-face "Toys for Totalitarians" campaign (also described here by National Gun Rights Examiner David Codrea, and here and here by National Conservative Examiner Anthony Martin). I'll not take the risk of openly posting the details of my "gun crimes," thus making my defiance a strictly personal, symbolic effort.

Still, it's a symbol not without value--at least to me. It's my reminder to myself that I do have a line in the sand, that I do have too much pride to accept the government's pat on the head for being a good little "law abiding gun owner."

For this year, and all the years remaining to me, or until the laws comply with the Constitutional mandate of shall not be infringed, I resolve to be a "gun criminal," as morality demands.

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