Come and Get It.

I love God above all things. I love my family, and I love my Republic. I am sad and I am angry. I understand what it means to be free. Tyrannies do not usually come to a country by means of an armed invasion. They usually come by means of politicians taking advantage of national tragedies- as Rham Emmanuel once said, “You never want a serious crisis go to waste.” And this is exactly what certain politicians have done. New York has signed into law an unconstitutional bill. You know this…Obama is seeking to pass similar legislation…you know this. Some of you have been led to think that all this is good and that this legislation will save lives. It won’t. Most gun crimes are committed with HANDGUNS. You know this, and still, you want to believe (in spite of the statistics) that taking away an AR-15 semi-automatic rifle from a law-abiding, American Citizen, will somehow make our state and our country…safer. It won’t. And you know this.

The recent loss of lives via wack-jobs who shouldn’t have access to guns is a real travesty. But it is also a real travesty, and a hypocritical act, to not mourn or care for the scores of children who died, thanks to this Administration’s gun-running scheme to Mexico known as “Fast and Furious.” Maybe those little children’s lives were not worth mourning for because they were just little Mexicans. Ah yes, the government has the power to kill whoever it deems fit- and if you’re an American Citizen who is suspected of cooperating with terrorists (whoever they might be), no due process is needed, thanks to the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) which gives the government the power to indefinitely detain you. Yes you, because they’ll never detain me…alive.

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We have a Constitution. We are a Constitutional Republic- we’re not a rogue nation and neither are we a dictatorship. Much blood was spilled in order to preserve our God-given liberties. Some people say that civilians don’t need “assault rifles,” and that by banning them, our Second Amendment is not violated. They are wrong.

I can sincerely tell you that in all my years of preaching, I have never convinced anyone of any point. I know for a fact that most people seek to re-affirm their preconceived notions, whatever they might be. But I will say this- most of us know that the 2nd Amendment of the Constitution was formulated for the sake of protection against the government, not duck hunting. If this is what you believe, then you believe a blatant lie.

My opinion as a veteran is that the only reason why the government is coming after military-grade weapons and ammunition is because shotguns (of whatever caliber) are no match against mid-range (aprox. 300-450 yards) caliber rifles. Those who have served in the military and the police understand that most battles are fought at that range. The government is trying to take the fangs out of the snake in order to tread on it. That won’t happen.

I will also say this. I am not a pacifist, but I am a peaceful man. I want to live a long life. I want to meet my grandchildren, take them for walks, read stories to them, and watch them fall asleep as I cradle them in my arms. But I’ll be damned if I let them inherit a land that was once known to be the land “Of The Free” and the home “Of The Brave.” I cannot, and will not obey an unconstitutional law, regardless of how popular it is. Americans are not under the obligation to obey unconstitutional laws. As a matter of fact, it is their DUTY TO DISOBEY! I rather die a free man than live like a coward or a slave.

I am a man of dignity and I believe in loyalty. I love the Founding Fathers and Mothers of our sacro-sanct Republic. To take a position against the Bill of Rights, is to be a traitor to the Republic and to our Founding Fathers and Mothers. I will not betray my Republic even if everyone around me is willing to trade liberty for security. I will NOT OBEY or SUBMIT to unconstitutional laws that catalogue me and thousands of responsible compatriots as if we were sex offenders. And I will NOT OBEY an unconstitutional law that will leave me, my family or my neighbors at the whim and power of a select few to do whatever they’d like to do while wielding AUTOMATIC weapons. Again, I WILL NOT OBEY OR SUBMIT.

Thomas Jefferson once said about the Second Amendment: “The beauty of the Second Amendment is that it will not be needed until they try to take it.” My fellow citizens, now is the time when “they” are trying to take it. I dare you- come and get it.

I will not betray my Forefathers and Foremothers. Thank you for fighting so arduously in order to preserve my God-given rights. May God bless the Republic of the United States of America.


The Rev. Juan C. Rivera

Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church, Syracuse, N.Y.