I unloaded on him in words to this effect:
"Look, your right to self-defense, your right to arms, is natural and God-given. The most that any scrap of paper can do is codify that fact. The Second Amendment doesn't "guarantee" anything. The Supreme Court doesn't "guarantee" anything. Do you know what does?"
"God?" he offered.
"No, not God. The rights come from God but they're not guaranteed by Him."
I snatched a rifle off the display rack in the middle of the shop and held it at port arms.
"This. This, and millions like it in the hands of citizens willing to use them to defend their liberty and property against free-lance criminals or tyrannical governments. It is those millions of rifles and the will to use them that secures our liberties in this country. First comes the military fact of the firearms in the hands of citizens, then follows the legal niceties of the liberty recognized after the fact by politicians. Without the one, tyrants don't respect the other. Remember that."
And without another word, I replaced the rifle in the rack, picked up my cane and gimped out of the store.
Mike Vanderboegh, fellow Dutchman, at Sipsey Street Irregulars
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