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Erik Hanson

“Out of My Cold, Dead Fingers”

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I wrote this a few years ago, but I still find it pertinent.

“Out of My Cold, Dead Fingers”

 

I have heard this line since I was a little kid. I love it. It’s even better than “molon labe” in my opinion! It paints a clear picture. If you want my guns, you are going to pay for them, in blood. Just the thought of it inspires me. With a motto like this soaring across the nation, no one should ever dare infringe on the 2nd Amendment, no less be brazen enough to actually attempt to confiscate a firearm from a red-blooded American. It would be suicide, right?

 

Well, at least I used to think so. In 2005, New Orleans was slammed by Hurricane Katrina. A large portion of the city was swallowed by water after multiple breaks in the city’s levy system occurred. People fled the submerged city in droves, but there were also large portions of the city that stayed that remained above the water level. It was a national emergency nightmare and FEMA was completely unprepared. Which seems strange, considering it’s their job and all, but I digress.

 

With violence soaring out-of-control, looting happened at a rampant pace, and gangs openly seized control of the streets. New Orleans responded with calling in the National Guard and declaring Martial Law. The first act of Martial Law wasn’t protect property and save people, but obviously seize the guns. The National Guard didn’t go after the street gangs, because they kept running away and hiding like cockroaches, so they focused their efforts on easier prey, law abiding gun owners protecting their homes. Using the mandated registry the Guard went home to homes without warrants and seized all firearms. Sure, people were upset, especially after the gangs followed behind the Guard and had a carefree time looting without fear of return fire, but the Guard really had little difficulty executing their orders. The NRA eventually jumped in and got a court order ending the practice, but to this day many of those gun owners never got their weapons returned to them.

 

Then in July of this year, Cook County, Illinois (Chicago) unilaterally withdrew thousands of Firearm Owner Identification Cards (FOID), which is an elaborate permission slip to own a firearm. More than 3,000 people failed to turn in their cards and their legally purchased guns, so deputies of the Cook County Sheriff’s Office continue to go around door to door collecting these cards and the owner’s guns, sometimes with a High Risk Entry Team. 10 to 20 of these cards get revoked every week. Sometimes on drug charges, sometimes just because some desk jockey decides a FOID holder is mentally unstable. Aside the fact that these cards’ very existance is highly unconstitutional, the revocation is even more so, but the whole episode goes off without very little trouble for the Sheriff’s Office.

 

Also this year, we have the People’s Republic of California greatly expanding its list of people no longer allowed to possess firearms. Reasons for revocation of rights range from unpaid taxes to failure to pay toll fees in a “timely” manner as well as many other misdemeanor and non-criminal charges. The state spent more than $24 million to hire officers to run raids on over 20,000 residents who possessed legally purchased and registered firearms. This also continues today.

 

“From my cold, dead fingers” is an attitude that should not be taken lightly. I am not advocating that if you possess a legally purchased firearm that you sacrifice your life in order to keep it if the authorities come knocking on your door. For decades the thought of the government actually confiscating legally owned firearms was so foreign as to seem ridiculous; so making such statements was easy to proclaim with no real risk.

 

However for many, that day is here. I have a Facebook friend in West Virginia who had authorities run a warrantless raid on his home while he was at work. They confiscated his guns and computers, because of some right-wing statements he had made on Facebook. His wife and children were taken into custody for the day but were eventually released and no charges were filed. He is still trying to get his property returned.

 

Whether you have ever uttered the words “from my cold, dead fingers”, “molon labe”, or “come and take them”, then take some time and think what those words actually mean and what the consequences are. If you have a family, discuss this with seriously with your spouse. Discuss with your friends who have also made these statements. Prepare yourself for the possibility that someone will come for your guns, because the days are gone when this was purely hypothetical speculation. The day is coming when you will get the knock on your door. It may be years, it may be weeks, but without a doubt, it will come. Prepare yourself and have a plan of action.

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Well written Erik....

 

That is why it makes me cringe at the words "Land of the free or Home of the free" concerning United States. Often times, peoples minds get stuck in a realm that words are only words but yet, lack to see the back drop of what made those very thoughts even possible. Just like with "Land of the free" does not sit well with me. Nothing in this country was free, & it cost a lot of good men & women their lives for those very thoughts which isn't even correct.

 

When people claim they will defend their rights or freedom, do they really know what the cost is, when the time arrives? I often think that the majority of people do not even realize what they are saying. I also think that the majority will either second guess, or not even be able to squeeze the trigger when pointing the muzzle at another human being.

 

These people should take a really hard, long look at what limit they are willing to go in order to achieve their mission.

 

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Well written Erik....

When people claim they will defend their rights or freedom, do they really know what the cost is, when the time arrives? I often think that the majority of people do not even realize what they are saying.

These people should take a really hard, long look at what limit they are willing to go in order to achieve their mission.

 

I think that I have a very good idea Exactly what the cost is and I have the battle scars to prove it!!! And YES, I know exactly what I'm saying AND what it means!!!

All well and good, but shouldn't "in order to achieve their mission" more properly be "to maintain their freedom"???

I'm one of those who says they will fight! Doesn't mean that it will be at the time thy kick in my door as I'm well aware that they will have overwhelming fire superiority at that moment. They will however NOT get all of my guns because when things look like they may be going that way very soon (they first have to pass laws prohibiting the population from owning unregistered gunz) Most of my guns and ammo will have been moved to a secure location - or 3. They will get what is left without anything but a verbal argument - And NO this is all the gunz I have, you must have gotten some really bad info! Of course the fact that almost none of my guns bought in the past 15-20 yrs are from A DEALER so there is no paper trail for them to follow and know what I do or don't have.

Sarge

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I think that I have a very good idea Exactly what the cost is and I have the battle scars to prove it!!! And YES, I know exactly what I'm saying AND what it means!!!

All well and good, but shouldn't "in order to achieve their mission" more properly be "to maintain their freedom"???

I'm one of those who says they will fight! Doesn't mean that it will be at the time thy kick in my door as I'm well aware that they will have overwhelming fire superiority at that moment. They will however NOT get all of my guns because when things look like they may be going that way very soon (they first have to pass laws prohibiting the population from owning unregistered gunz) Most of my guns and ammo will have been moved to a secure location - or 3. They will get what is left without anything but a verbal argument - And NO this is all the gunz I have, you must have gotten some really bad info! Of course the fact that almost none of my guns bought in the past 15-20 yrs are from A DEALER so there is no paper trail for them to follow and know what I do or don't have.

Sarge

 

What is your point exactly? My words "in order to achieve their mission" covers "maintain their freedom" Also, my post was not directed at you, which in your reply, it seems that you took it that way.

 

My occupation partakes in, counter terrorism. We train monthly for attacks & active shooter situations including how to identify explosives. Battle scars? I have my own battle scars as well but that equals to shit. What matters now is. "We The People" identifying our crisis & standing up for the oppressive. That is my mission & that is maintaining freedom.

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