"I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; and that I will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office on which I am about to enter."
The Constitution of the United States is a contract between the American People and her Government. It is the underlying framework upon which all of our individual laws and interactions as States is built upon. It makes the "United" part of "United States" possible.
If you haven't read the proposed Assault Weapon Ban legislation, please do so. I don't think it will pass, personally. I think the Liberals are trying to take too big of a bite from the apple and are underestimating how something this drastic will play out in the nation as a whole. I think they would have had a fairly decent chance simply trying to pass a repeat of the original AWB... but they are a greedy lot.
I could be wrong, though.
We may wake up one morning to discover that we have a decision to make. The AWB Bill, or some version of it, may pass and become law in spite of its clearly unconstitutional nature. Each of us who owns firearms targeted by the legislation will have to decide: Comply with a law that I feel spits in the face of The Constitution... or refuse to comply. In my opinion, such an act by my Government shatters the agreement we formerly had between us. They are no longer my Government, but an occupying force unrestrained by the Rule of Law.
You are free to make up your own mind. I encourage you to do two things in the days to come:
1. Think about your potential response to this legislation long and hard. If you do decide to go the non-compliance route, there are many options for doing so - each with their pros and cons. Consider each of them carefully.
2. Remember that your discussions on the internet are not taking place in your living room. No matter how friendly an audience you appear to have for your thoughts on the matter, anyone and everyone with a computer can see every word you type.
These people broke the laws that were placed upon them, because they recognized that those laws were unjust.
They shook off the chains of tyranny, not because they didn't respect The Rule of Law. They rebelled against tyranny because they understood that there is a Name for men who live at the whim of another: