By Ray Starmann
Dear Village Board of Trustees:
You undoubtedly feel good about your recent assault weapons ban; a classic knee jerk, left wing gun control measure; full, like all liberal actions, of sound and fury, while signifying nothing but tyranny.
According to the ordinance, which you unanimously approved Monday night, it is unlawful for a person “to carry, keep, bear, transport or possess an assault weapon in the Village,” except if the weapon is “broken down in a non-functioning state,” is “not immediately accessible to any person,” or is “unloaded and enclosed in a case, firearm carrying box, shipping box, or other container by a person who has been issued a currently valid Firearm Owner’s Identification Card.”
Your ordinance, forcing the 18,000 residents of your Chicago suburb to forfeit or secure assault weapons and magazines that fall under the ban by June 13th, forces those in violation to pay $200 to $1,000 a day as a penalty.
No wonder that your ban is already the subject of potential lawsuits, which will be filed by your enemies, those proponents of freedom, the Illinois State Rifle Association, the Second Amendment Foundation and the National Rifle Association.
Once upon a time, Deerfield, Illinois, was an upper middle class conservative enclave in Republican Lake County. But, times have changed. Blue Northern Illinois suburbia is now filled with liberal soccer moms and aggrieved Millennials who will undoubtedly support your unconstitutional and draconian gun control measure.
A good friend of our family lived in Deerfield from the early 1960’s until his death in 1999. The man, a talented house painter, had grown up in Nazi Germany. He recounted to me in detail many times how the Nazis came door to door to confiscate guns in the 1930’s. He, like all survivors of totalitarian dictatorships was perhaps the most pro-gun, pro NRA, pro freedom American I ever knew.
No doubt, he is looking down on Deerfield and crying. For he knows what will come next. Your actions are right out of a playbook that despots have used for centuries. It is called disarm the population then control them.
Under the ridiculous liberal platitudes of safety for the ‘community’ (a word the Nazis often used), saving the children, stopping more violence, and peace on earth, your ordinance is a harbinger of future progressive actions to come, as you seek to turn this nation into a socialist and unarmed left-wing hell hole.
Our Founding Fathers were well aware of people like you. They risked their lives to declare independence to get away from people like you. They fought people like you. They shed blood to stop people like you from telling us how to run our lives.
In 1776, people like you were called Redcoats. In 1939, people like you were called Nazis. In 1970, people like you were called Soviet communists. In 2018, people like you are called the Deerfield, Illinois, Village Board of Trustees.
George Washington said, “Government is not reason; it is not eloquence—it is force! Like fire, it is a dangerous servant and a fearful master; never for a moment should it be left to irresponsible action.”
Your actions are not only irresponsible, and unconstitutional, but demonstrate once again that government; whether it is federal, state or municipal is always one step away from crossing the Rubicon and taking away the God given rights of American citizens.
Gun control advocates always say just let us pass this one measure and we’ll all live in a utopia.
But, there is no end to gun control and that is your plan. Today it is assault weapons and ten round magazines. Tomorrow it will be revolvers and shotguns. Next month it will be BB guns.
Next year it will be knives.
There is no end to gun control and no end to the left’s desire to nanny us into total tyranny.
A word of warning to the Deerfield Village Board of Trustees and the other local, state and federal government authorities infested with progressive tyrants – millions of gun owners in America will fight, if necessary to preserve the Second Amendment.
We are not Great Britain. We are not Australia. We are not France.
We are Americans and we shed blood to ensure that we have the right to bear arms. If necessary, we will do it again.
Try and take that right away from us and watch Lexington and Concord 2.0’s take place across the country, from sea to shining sea.
Montana ain’t Deerfield. Texas ain’t Deerfield. Dixie ain’t Deerfield. Upstate New York ain’t Deerfield.
To paraphrase the defenders of Fort Morris in 1778 and those fighting for freedom during the Texas Revolution, ‘Come and Take ‘Em.’
Your ordinance is yet another reason why this country, at all levels, must be governed by conservatives. Liberals are proving again and again that they not only disrespect the constitution, but want to destroy it.
Editor in Chief, US Defense Watch