Monday, January 28, 2013

"Come Armed, Come Masked." The Day of the 4473 Parties Arrives.

Years ago I wrote a fiction piece about the necessity for 4473 parties in the case of universal registration. James Wesley, Rawles now calls for us to get ready for them.
Nunc Pro Tunc: The Coming Day of Burn Barrels and Blessings.
This is a standing invitation to my fellow Americans: If congress ever enacts a law mandating the registration and/or a production ban of detachable magazine semiautomatic rifles then you are hereby invited to the town square of your local community. There, burn barrels will be set up and we will publicly burn Form 4473s, FFL Bound Books, state and local registration records, and the sales receipts for every firearm in the United States. On that same day, FFL holders and public officials holding electronic firearms records will simultaneously erase those records, permanently and irretrievably. (Using special file erasure software such as Blancco, X-Ways, and Stellar Wipe, or though the physical destruction of disk drives.)
Spontaneous Gatherings, Spontaneous Combustion
This burn barrel day--likely to be held the day after the President signs any new draconian legislation--will include speeches, public prayers, and the blessing of those who have gathered by ministers, rabbis, and priests.
The core of the activities on that day will be stalwart public defiance of any new unconstitutional law(s), the open and notorious destruction of records that might be used to enslave us, and vocal public affirmations of solidarity of free men and women, in the face of tyranny. This will be a defining moment for America--a line drawn in the sand. We will forthrightly declare that we will not obey any unconstitutional law and that we will treat it dismissively, as if it had never been enacted -- nunc pro tunc. We will pledge ourselves to the defense of liberty, both individually and collectively. We will vow that if ever called to jury duty, we will nullify any unconstitutional laws, vacating the charges against the accused, in accordance with our long-standing right as jurors. (See:
The Law is On Our Side
We will publicly re-affirm some long standing precepts of American jurisprudence, to wit:
"The General rule is that an unconstitutional statute, though having the form and name of law is in reality no law, but is wholly void, and ineffective for any purpose; since unconstitutionality dates from the time of it's enactment and not merely from the date of the decision so branding it. An unconstitutional law, in legal contemplation, is as inoperative as if it had never been passed. Such a statute leaves the question that it purports to settle just as it would be had the statute not been enacted.
Since an unconstitutional law is void, the general principles follow that it imposes no duties, confers no rights, creates no office, bestows no power or authority on anyone, affords no protection, and justifies no acts performed under it...
A void act cannot be legally consistent with a valid one. An unconstitutional law cannot operate to supersede any existing valid law. Indeed, insofar as a statute runs counter to the fundamental law of the lend, it is superseded thereby.
No one is bound to obey an unconstitutional law and no courts are bound to enforce it." - 16 Am Jur 2d, Sec 177 late 2d, Sec 256
Never Again!
Recognizing the many sad lessons of civilian disarmament and subsequent genocides in the 20th Century, we will make bold and forthright statement: Never Again! We will not submit to the unlawful decrees of tyrants. We will not meekly go their jails and internment camps. We will fight for our liberty, to our dying breath.
Come Armed, Come Masked
I recommend that all adults who publicly assemble at these burn barrel events do so armed, as is our right. And those who come armed should also wear masks, to protect themselves from malicious prosecution. I plan to wear a Guy Fawkes mask, but you can wear a bandana, face muffler, or the face mask of your choice. Joining you, also wearing masks, will be many mayors, sheriffs and their deputies, chiefs of police and their officers, town council members, clergy, and people of all walks of life. We vastly outnumber the tyrants. The tyrants deserve nothing but our scorn and derision. Their fate is already sealed.
Plausible Denial
After this fateful day has come and gone, FFL holders and public officials will be able to recount: "I had no choice. My records were taken by men with guns who were wearing masks!" (So they'll have no excuse if they don't cooperate with this nationwide display of civil disobedience.)
God Bless The Republic. Down with Tyrants. We Will Prevail!
- James Wesley, Rawles - January 28, 2013


Anonymous said...

Ours will be held at the largest gun range in our county. ANY gun shop refusing to turn over there 4473 forms will be on the dishonor roll and driven out of our county. All gun ranges statewide will not allow any ammo or firearms purchased at the dishonor rolled shops to be used at their ranges. We only have parking for 300 so we will close the main Highway and park there . Plenty of high ground . We will also freely exchange firearms to further confuse the Redcoats.

Anonymous said...

No Sir Mr Rawles,If the day ever comes to defy the government and Muster under arms. Then I shall do it without a mask. I shall muster with my head high. But know you this Mr Rawles, The day you do that you and all present will have crossed the rubicon. This will be overt rebellion,an act that government cannot let pass without swift reaction. What will these armed men do WHEN not IF ,the black trucks show up to make arrests ,at the protest or later that night in there homes. You know exactly what the federal death sqawds will do. The same thing they did at Ruby Ridge And Waco. So Take the Damn mask off When you defy them . Show some courage to back up that AR-15 and we might just have a chance in this endevor.---Ray

Anonymous said...

An enjoyable read. But has not the message been sent thousands of times over the decades? Why send another?

Reminds me of the saying that if it is time to bury your guns, it is time to dig them up.

If it is time to show up masked and armed to burning parties, then it is time for something else more direct and effective.

Anonymous said...

Please forgive my naivete, but how are the records going to be obtained? Are the city "leaders" and FFL dealers going to voluntarily turn them over? I am all for civil disobedience of unConstitutional laws, because they are indeed illegal. Just not sure how this is going to work, and I can't believe you'd advocate storming offices and taking them by force! So, is this going to be done in cooperation with officials?

RDC said...

Sounds good, but the last 4473 I filled out was an online form.

Backwoods Engineer said...

Awesome. Reposted, with my comments (and links back to Mike and James) on my blog, The Backwoods Engineer.

SWIFT said...

There are two types of people that wear masks while carrying guns in the U.S.; street thugs and government jack-booted thugs. Do a search of such photos and you will see FBI, ATF, U.S. Marshall's Service and some on the State level, in such garb. I don't belong to, or support, either group. The only time I'll wear a mask is defense against a gas attack, or in a fire fight during a northern blizzard. said...

In keeping with the spirit of any government division or subdivision that passed any law that doesn't understand "shall not be infringed," any computer or storage device which holds or ever held such a law should be completely destroyed, and, in "honor" of bin Laden, buried at sea in a deep but undisclosed location.

Ah, sorry, but that felt GOOD!

And you know what, turn that f'n ID check off. I previewed and had to do it again. I would be reading your site, now I'm tempted to block it.

JudgementComes said...

Wasn't it Jeff Cooper that called masked attackers out for the assassins they are....

"You may have noticed that the ninja still insist upon going masked. A masked man is obviously ashamed of what he is doing. I can see why these people should be ashamed of what they are doing, but I do not see why they feel they must continue to do it. A great many people will do anything at all for money. There is a name
for that."

Anonymous said...

Anonymous said...

Yeah, yeah. Drink another beer and woof at the moon. A LOT of very hot air here!!! Does anyone really, really expect a FFL holder to burn the forms & books??? For it WILL BE HIS ass on the line and not all the boasters standing around the burn barrel. And when the ATF comes to the FFL with their SWAt team that FFL holder will be standing alone because the Big Boasters won't be there to beat on their chests and stand with him.

Damned Straight said...

" said...
And you know what, turn that f'n ID check off. I previewed and had to do it again. I would be reading your site, now I'm tempted to block it."

What the fuck, yo?? You lack the density to chose a non-ID'd option for posting?

Loren said...

Masks are debatable. A smart Swamp Fox can run away to fight again.

At the least however, I would recommend some costuming:

Charles N. Steele said...

I've heard a rumor that ATF has already been photocopying 4473's. Can and FFL holders confirm or deny?

Ed said...

I see some elements from this event in our history in this plan: