Sunday, January 20, 2013

Tiananmen Square Activist Turned American Second Amendment Activist

Watch this and share it. This needs to go viral.

Here’s a transcript (the cameraman missed the first paragraph).

The past Monday I decided to visit the Minuteman Park in Lexington and pay tribute to Captain John Parker and his fellow minutemen. A thought came to my mind, that the founding fathers of the United States and Chairman Mao had one thing in common: they all realized that guns are important political instruments. Their similarities, however, ended there:

Chairman Mao wrote: ‘Political power grows out of barrel of a gun’, and he dictated: ‘The party shall command the gun’. James Madison and his compatriots, however, believing that the power of the state is derived from the consent of the governed, ratified that ‘the right to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed’.

23 years ago, I was a college freshman exercising my freedom of speech and assembly in Tian’anmen Square, much like we are doing here today. We grew frustrated by the restriction of personal freedoms and the corrupted Chinese government, and we thought peaceful protest would make the country better. Our young passion and patriotism was crushed by hails of full metal jackets out of AK47’s. (Some AK purists here would argue they were really type 56’s). We could not fight back, because we did not have an inch of iron in our hands, to borrow a Chinese expression: we were unarmed.

Gun owners like us often say: the Second Amendment is the protector against a tyrannical government. Some may argument that a man with a rifle is no match to the military machines of today, so such beliefs are no longer relevant. However, 20 million peaceful Beijing citizens in 1989, sure wished that they had a few million rifles in their hands!

Freedom is not free. Liberty has costs. We recognize that in this free society, criminals or mentally deranged could get weapons and murder the innocents. The answer, however, is not to disarm the law abiding citizens. Not only criminals and the deranged will violate the laws anyway, but more importantly, when a government turns criminal, when a government turns deranged, the body count will not be five, ten or twenty, but hundreds, like in Tian’anmen Square, or millions, counted in the 90-year history of the Chinese Communist Party.

Our constitutional republic may look fuzzy and loving today (if you think so, I’ve got a TSA agent you should meet), but keep in mind that absolute power corrupts absolutely! And when a government has monopoly on guns, it has absolute power!

Do you know that the Chinese Constitution guarantees almost all the nice things we have here? It is written that Chinese citizens enjoy freedom of speech and religion, they have human and property rights, and that such rights cannot be taken away without due process of the law. And do you know what? Chinese people do not have the right to keep and bear arms. I assure you all those nice guarantees, are not worth the paper they are printed on, because when the government has all the guns, they have all the rights.
I was not born a citizen of the United States, I was naturalized in 2007. In 2008, I became a proud gun owner. To me, a rifle is not for sporting or hunting, it is an instrument of freedom. It guarantees that I cannot be coerced, that I have free will, and that I am a free man.

Now suppose the 20 million Beijing citizens had had a few million rifles, how many rounds should they have been ALLOWED to load into their magazines? 10? 7? How about 3?

Never, never, never give up the fight, my friends. It may be a small step that you give up your rifle, or a 30-round magazine, but it will be a giant leap in the destruction of this great republic.

In closing I will quote the words of Captain John Parker: "Stand your ground. Don't fire unless fired upon. But if they want to have a war, let it begin here."
(Link to transcript of this and other speeches from yesterday’s rally in Boston.)

Edit: Holy crap, @adamsbaldwin retweeted me on this! Welcome to everyone who came to this site via his link (and any other link, for that matter). Please check around, you'll find more of interest for pro-liberty folks here.

Edit 2: I see that I've been linked by Ace of Spades and Hotair. Wow! Thanks guys.

Edit 3: Please check out my other sites -- Survival & Emergency Preparedness, and The Shooters' Bar, the Internet's oldest free online list of pro-Second Amendment attorneys.


Floyd Alsbach said...

The man should run for office!

Anonymous said...

Love hearing the crowd react to him saying he became a citizen. I thought the media said people who went to these things were a bunch of racist rednecks? Sounds to me like they are all for legal immigration. Unbiased? Ha!

Anonymous said...

Truly amazing. This man has stirred my patriotism like few others in my life.

mikesixes said...

A lot of people say that armed civilians are no match for a modern military. Our military will be leaving Afghanistan in 2014. The Taliban will still be there.

EMC said...

When the anti-gunners talk about military style semi-autos in the context of use for self defense they say it is a weapon of mass destruction with more power than anyone should have, but if you mention it as a check against tyranny it is a weak little pea shooter that is totally ineffective. Which is it?

Dave Markowitz said...

Not only that, but if they are "weapons of war," another term I've heard a lot lately, why in Hell should police officers be armed with them?

Scott said...

Nice post, bro. It's sad that those who cherish our freedoms the most are generally those who were not born into them but suffered under oppressive regimes.

Six said...

Sometimes it takes words from a man who has fought the monster in his lair to remind us all of the risks and price of freedom.

Unknown said...

here is the whole thing in HD