The Coalition to Stop Gun Violence is very fond of the word “treason,” and is lightning-quick to charge those whose beliefs offend them with that crime. This correspondent has been charged by CSGV with “treason,” and with being a “traitor,” far more times than is practical to count. Interestingly (and amusingly), when pressed to provide a single example of the “treason” crime they so cavalierly toss around, they decline.
Their reticence when faced with that question is understandable (if, again, amusing), given the fact that there is no example to be found, anywhere, of any of CSGV’s accused “traitors” committing “treason,” as defined in the Constitution:
Treason against the United States, shall consist only in levying War against them, or in adhering to their Enemies, giving them Aid and Comfort. No Person shall be convicted of Treason unless on the Testimony of two Witnesses to the same overt Act, or on Confession in open Court.
As readers may have noticed, none of CSGV’s accused “traitors” are “levying War against” the United States, and nor are we giving “Aid and Comfort” to any of our nation’s “Enemies” (and in the absence of a declared war, can the U.S. really be said to have “Enemies” in the Constitutional sense?).
As we see on CSGV’s Facebook page, they sidestep this little difficulty through the simple expedient of fabricating their own definition of “treason,” apparently blissfully indifferent to their definition’s radical departure from the Constitution’s (emphasis added):
An insurrectionist is someone who believes the Second Amendment gives him an INDIVIDUAL right to shoot and kill elected officials, police officers, and military service members when he PERSONALLY feels the government has become “tyrannical.” You have probably heard the term “Second Amendment remedies” to describe this. This perverted and treasonous ideology is the foundational belief of the modern pro-gun movement.
First, let us first point out the obvious fact that any serious advocate of the Constitutional guarantee of the fundamental human right of the individual to keep and bear arms knows full well that the Second Amendment does not “give” any right. As the Supreme Court ruled in United States v. Cruikshank, and affirmed in District of Columbia v. Heller: “[t]his is not a right granted by the Constitution. Neither is it in any manner dependent upon that instrument for its existence.”
Setting that aside as just one more example of CSGV’s utter (and wilfull?) failure to understand the Constitution and the rights it guarantees, let us move on to their contention that an “ideology” can be “treasonous”–that the mere adherence to a belief is enough to make one a “traitor.” So, as we have asked before, who decides what ideologies are permissible, and which are “treasonous”?
Founding Father Tench Coxe once said:
As civil rulers, not having their duty to the people before them, may attempt to tyrannize, and as the military forces which must be occasionally raised to defend our country, might pervert their power to the injury of their fellow citizens, the people are confirmed by the article in their right to keep and bear their private arms.”…”Who are the militia? Are they not ourselves? Is it feared, then, that we shall turn our arms each man gainst his own bosom. Congress have no power to disarm the militia. Their swords, and every other terrible implement of the soldier, are the birthright of an American….
CSGV calls such beliefs “perverted and treasonous.”
Minutes later, CSGV left a comment responding to its own Facebook post, showing that they are aware of one aspect of how the Constitution deals with treason:
The Constitution also defines only one crime, the crime of Treason, which is punishable by death.
Yep–CSGV just admitted their sick belief that if you agree with Tench Coxe and other Founding Fathers, you are guilty of treason, and subject to execution.
How, exactly, does CSGV differ from a “hate group,” and who, exactly, are the “traitors”?
- CSGV abandons Max Weber, accuses me of ‘insurrectionary thought’ (and treason)
- CSGV should change name to ‘Coalition to Kill Dissenters’
- Coalition to Stop Gun Violence again steps into steaming pile of its own lies
- St. Louis Gun Rights Examiner honored by Coalition to Stop Gun Violence?
- CSGV (Collectivists Supporting Government Violence) denounces Kurt Hofmann and me as traitors. Oh, my! Whatever shall we do?
- Coalition to Stop Gun Violence: The return of McCarthyism?
- Forget ‘gun control’; CSGV represents ‘genocide enablement lobby’
- CSGV backs government ‘right’ to political violence against citizens
- When thwarted in efforts to trample 2nd Amendment, CSGV goes after the 1st
- It’s Not All Violence They Oppose
- Kurt Hofmann: “Coalition to Stop Gun Violence lowers bar on what constitutes ‘liberty.'” Also, I’m jealous. I am now merely a “pathetic traitor.”
- ‘The guys with the guns make the rules’; anti-gun groups know it, prefer it
- Another whole alternate universe heard from. Lying sack of excrement and government monopoly of force advocate Josh Horwitz conflates “The Window War” with my novel.
- CSGV: Against the First Amendment as much as the Second
- CSGV’s Continuing Influence
- The Great Proletarian Cultural Revolution And CSGV
- CSGV equates knowledge with ‘insurrection,’ wants it suppressed
- Gun ban group goes nuclear in latest hysterical attack on rights advocate
- Die, Traitors, Die!