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Vanderboegh to Conn. state police: 'you are not the enemy'

Gun rights activists draw their line in the sand.
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Several weeks ago gun rights activist and blogger Mike Vanderboegh received a hand-delivered notice from the state of Connecticut via the local sheriff's department in his county in Alabama. The notice asked that Vanderboegh call the Connecticut State Police to answer questions concerning his advocacy for gun rights and his support for civil disobedience among residents who resist the state's new draconian gun restriction laws.

In the weeks since that letter was delivered Vanderboegh has become aware that he is the subject of an investigation being conducted by the Connecticut State Police.

But the major news coming out of Connecticut goes far beyond Vanderboegh's advocacy of citizen resistance. Thousands of residents are engaging in open civil disobedience, citing that the new laws are unconstitutional and are therefore null and void.

According to Vanderboegh, the growing citizen resistance movement has local Connecticut law enforcement in a state of panic. Apparently they are scared out of their wits that so many citizens are not only vehemently opposed to the new gun control laws but are intent on refusing to obey them.

This prompted Vanderboegh to write an open letter to 1,212 officers of the state police to convey the message, "You are not the enemy, unless you choose to be." Further, a key paragraph in the letter is as follows:

Some of you are already working a major case on me, trying to figure out how I may be arrested for violating Conn. P.A. 13-3, which bears the wildly dishonest title of "An Act Concerning Gun Violence Prevention and Children's Safety." (What part of "protecting children" is accomplished by sparking a civil war?) Not only have I personally violated this unconstitutional and tyrannical act by smuggling and by the encouragement of smuggling, defiance and non-compliance on the part of your state's citizens, but I have further irritated your wannabe tyrant bosses by sending them standard capacity magazines in my "Toys for Totalitarians" program. I further have annoyed them by pointing out -- and seeking more evidence of -- the existence of Mike Lawlor's KGB file (as well as his FBI and CIA counter-intelligence files). In short, I have made myself a nuisance to your bosses in just about every way I could think of. However, their discomfiture reminds me of the wisdom of that great American philosopher of the late 20th Century, Frank Zappa, who said, "Do you love it? Do you hate it? There it is, the way you made it." Whether you will be able to make a case on me that sticks is, of course, problematic for a number of reasons which I will detail to you in the letter below. I have already done so to your bosses and include the links in this email so that you may easily access them.

Vanderboegh goes further to delineate the difficulties inherent in attempting to charge him with crimes. He also lays out the overwhelming odds against the state police force being able to enforce the new gun control laws, given their overwhelming rejection by multithousands of state residents.

Thus, the letter concludes with a heartfelt plea by Vanderboegh for law enforcement to refrain from going down a path that will lead to open violence and bloodshed:

Please, I beg you to understand, you are not the enemy, you are not an occupying force -- unless you choose to violate the oath that each of you swore to preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States against ALL enemies, foreign and domestic. For their part, the men and women who will be targeted by your raids took an identical oath. Can you think of anything more tragic than brother killing brother over some politician's tyrannical appetite?

The Stealth War, thus, is in full effect. Defy. Resist. Evade. Smuggle. And as I added later, nonviolent sabotage.


My latest entry is now available at my blog at The Liberty Sphere under the section, "Musings After Midnight." It is titled, "The latest news from the underground patriot movement, including warnings of more gov't harassment of conservatives, libertarians, and gun owners."


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