I can't speak for all the Bible-thumping, gun-toting, freedom lovers out there, but I have some things to say about laws.
Before I begin, I want to make it clear that laws are not necessarily bad things. There is potential, however, for them to become bad things.
From the beginning, laws did not cause people to be righteous. In the Garden of Even, God put one law in place for Adam and Eve. Genesis 2:16-17 says, "And the Lord God commanded the man, saying, 'You may eat of every tree in the garden, but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you shall surely die."
Needless to say, they ate the forbidden fruit, sin entered the world, and they eventually died. Laws did not cause Adam and Eve to be righteous.
Laws are good. They provide a way to hold wicked people accountable for their evil deeds if the perpetrator can be found and apprehended. Unfortunately, they do not cause people to be righteous.
Murder is illegal, but people are still murdered.
Rape is illegal, but people are still raped.
Driving while intoxicated is illegal, but people still do it.
Theft is illegal, but people still steal things.
It is just for those actions to illegal, but the fact remains that you cannot legislate morality.
Laws are supposed to protect the people. Tyranny, which is often mistaken for law, does the opposite. Tyranny oppresses people and has a steady track record of unleashing many horrifying atrocities upon people.
The prohibition of alcohol was a failure, unless you were in on the black market.
Ethnic cleansings are usually carried out in the name of "law."
Silencing people, that disagree with a government or an individual politician, is usually done in the name of "law."
Disarming a group of people, which is a mandatory prerequisite to any ethnic cleansing, was, and is, done in the name of "law."
We, the people, should be extremely apprehensive when politicians want to introduce a new "law." That law might actually be a form of tyranny with a catchy name attached to it.
It is our duty to hold our elected officials accountable. The first way to do this is by voting. Voting is great, but that alone is not enough. We, the people, need to perform our civic duty by contacting our elected officials.
We, the people, need to make our voices heard. We, the people, need to cast our fears aside and stop making excuses for our lack of involvement. Donating money to a political advocacy group is great, but it must not be a substitute for direct communication with your elected officials.
For the price of a postage stamp, telephone call, or sending an email, you can make your voice heard.
We, the people, just need to put forth a little bit of time and thought. If you are horrible at writing, you probably know someone that would be glad, and would likely feel honored, to help you write your thoughts down. This is not a difficult thing to do.
Trading freedom for security has always led to tyrannical atrocities.
There will be many charlatans that will try to sell you security at the cost of freedom. Do not be deceived.
Your security is the last thing on their minds. They do not care if your sons are murdered. They do not care if your daughters are raped. The people of Illinois, particularly in Chicago, have traded their freedom for security. Take a good look at it. It is one of the most dangerous places in the entire country. Be honest, and ask yourself, "Is that what I really want?"
Do you want freedom or tyranny?
These two concepts are incompatible with each other. Therefore, they are unable to coexist.
You can only have one or the other. The choice is yours. Do your part by speaking up. Make your voice heard.
Anthony Joseph Schabel