It is now clear that the U.S. government, for the most part is unable and, in some cases, refuses to protect Americans from external and internal national security threats. Evidence abounds among unregulated immigration, an impotent ISIS policy, and the ongoing attempt to disarm law-abiding citizens.
Under the Obama Administration, elements of the radical left such as Black Lives Matter joined forces with Islamist groups, Islamic Society of North America (ISNA), the Muslim Brotherhood, and the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR). They received funds from Michael Bloomberg’s “Everytown for Gun Safety,” George Soros’ Center for American Progress, and the Joyce Foundation, a group that funds “gun control” efforts.
While Islamists seek to render America defenseless against jihad, the political left is striving to weaken America even further, to become more vulnerable to government tyranny.
Sebastian and Katherine Gorka, experts on counter-insurgency and counter-terrorism, noted that over a recent 20-month period, 74 adults and eight minors have been interdicted by law enforcement for connections to ISIS, including four killed on U.S. soil. (This excludes recent arrests in Houston and Sacramento.)
These numbers translate to a 300 percent increase in terrorist arrests in the United States compared to the average monthly arrests of al Qaeda suspects since the 9/11 attacks of 2001.
FBI Director James Comey already testified that there are up to 900 terror-related investigations going on in every state in America.
Of all those intercepted, almost half (48 percent) were planning to leave the country and fight for Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi and ISIS in the Middle East.
Another 19 percent were arrested for being facilitators, the talent-spotters who weren’t going to fight themselves, but who identified potential jihadi recruits and eventually provided assistance for them to be “deployed” as terrorist operatives. (One example, was a home-grown ISIS recruiter and former Alabama college student.)
The majority of the remaining ISIS suspects, a full 28 percent – or almost a third of all those arrested in the United States – weren’t secondary facilitators or had any intention of leaving the United States to fight for ISIS in Iraq or Syria.
They had decided their most effective efforts to serve Allah and ISIS leader Abu Bakr would be to kill Americans on U.S. soil.
In a recent interview with Fox News’ Megyn Kelly, Sebastian Gorka warned Americans to not be complacent and to not expect the government to protect them from ISIS adherents already on American soil.
“Don’t wait for Uncle Sam to protect you. Every American has a duty and responsibility to be aware of the threat and be prepared to protect themselves,” Gorka told Kelly.
Even in the nation’s capital, which is also the nation’s gun-control capital, the District of Columbia’s Police Chief Cathy Lanier advised citizens:
“If you’re in a position to try and take the gunman down, to take the gunman out, it’s the best option for saving lives before police can get there”.
Ironically, Lanier approved only 48 concealed carry licenses in the past year– with a record of roughly an 80 percent rejection rate. Of 233 applications sent for review since the Washington D.C. Metropolitan Police Department began accepting permits on Oct. 23, 2014, 185 licenses were denied as of November 14, 2015.
Is Chief Lanier suggesting that “taking out a gunman” would involve appealing to the gunman’s inner sensitive self?
Thomas Paine wrote in the “Rights of Man” (1791):
“The fact, therefore, must be that the individuals, themselves, each, in his own personal and sovereign right, entered into a contract with each other to produce a government: and this is the only mode in which governments have a right to arise, and the only principle on which they have a right to exist.”
Government is a construct of and accountable to its citizens and whenever its actions are contrary to their interests and well-being, citizens have the right to defy or dissolve the government.
The legal authority for a local militia and the right to bear arms is enshrined in the Second Amendment to the Constitution. Implicit in those rights is the responsibility to act when higher authorities abuse their power or fail to execute their lawful duties, in this case, national defense from all enemies, foreign or domestic.
The country has reached its Lexington and Concord moment– when citizens defended themselves from the tyrannical British. Lord Percy, whose troops retreated to Boston after being defeated at Concord, wrote, “Whoever looks upon them [THE REBELS] as an irregular mob will be much mistaken.”
Lawrence Sellin, Ph.D. is a retired colonel with 29 years of service in the US Army Reserve and a veteran of Afghanistan and Iraq. Colonel Sellin is the author of “Restoring the Republic: Arguments for a Second American Revolution. ”
A slightly different version of this column was first published by Family Security Matters.