This is an amended transcript of a speech, made by “M V Consulting Inc and Liberty First Foundation NY Chapter president Michael “Vass” Vasquez to the members of the Americans for Restoring the Constitution (AFRTC) and the general public at the Vestal Public Library. The speech is an over 8,000 words long in-depth observation of Red Flag legislation in New York State and across the nation. Due to the length of the details and data, compiled from over 50 sources in an on-going investigation, in-context excerpts are being provided. Also due to time constraints, the actual live presentation truncated portions of the original documentation, without alteration of the data, details, or context.
What is your political position? To answer this question, it requires you to examine your personal beliefs and assign a label to yourself. The world in which we live is full of labels. Words intended to define everything known to man. And in the realm of politics, there is no shortage of adjectives available to describe the different forms of government employed in various countries around the globe, the political parties that exist and operate within the framework of those governments and the personal political ideologies of the citizens who live under them.
In 2018, if you are afraid of firearms, you most likely believe that the Second Amendment of the United States Constitution contains 27 of the most hated words in America. But, if you are a freedom-loving, patriotic American who believes in the Bill of Rights, you embrace these words, and others, that describe the individual civil rights which have been enshrined in the Constitution as having been endowed to us by our Creator, not the government.
From September through April 1787-1788, The Federalist Papers were written and published in New York newspapers. These editorials explain the new Constitution, including what the different articles and clauses mean. And they encouraged the people of New York State to ratify the Constitution.
When it comes to the issue of the Second Amendment, there is no lack of passion from opponents and supporters alike. Yet one of the biggest issues for both sides is the lack of clear, credible, concise facts. Misinformation and misrepresentation can be found in wave after wave of memes and fake quotes on the internet and social media. To combat this deluge of disinformation, and to further informed discussion, the Americans for Restoring the Constitution (AFRTC) invited NY licensed firearms instructor Frank Johnson to speak at their July meeting in Vestal, NY at the Vestal Public Library. The event was open to the public and free.
We need to keep the pressure on New York State Senators to reject all 5 Red Flag Bills in the State Legislature. While the major news media in New York State (and the country) have pushed the highly distracting partisan message that the US Government is akin to Nazi Germany, the dearth of coverage of these Constitution-killing “Red Flag” Bills – sometimes called ERPO or Extreme Risk Protection Orders – remains deafening. But citizens are learning the facts for themselves.
What is at stake is the Second Amendment, the Fourth Amendment, the Fourteenth Amendment, and the Due Process Clause. This will affect not only our education system, not only legal law-abiding firearm owners but the structure of families. All for an illusion of safety that is neither guaranteed nor even implied to be real. The trade is unbalanced and expressly targeted to provide for the political aspirations of an elected official seeking a 2020 presidential run, and a Party seeking to maintain power at all costs.
Given the incredible week for America, with breakthroughs in US-North Korean relations and revelations from the long-awaited Department of Justice Inspector General report, it’s no surprise that the majority of New Yorkers missed the actions of Gov. Andrew Cuomo. It was in this week that unprecedented restrictions on American liberty were attempted to be slipped past the public. It was in this week that the issue of “Red Flag” laws were pressed upon the NY State Senate in the last step before being inflicted on the public.
The intellectual origins of the American Constitution and Bill of Rights are many. They include the prevailing common law doctrines of the sixteenth and seventeenth-century England, as well as, the writings of English political philosophers John Locke, Algernon Sidney, and William Blackstone, all of whom influenced Thomas Jefferson. Paramount and predominant to all, were the general principles of liberty or natural laws described as the absolute rights of individuals, including the three great and primary rights of personal security, personal liberty, and private property. These principles are clearly embodied in the Second Amendment.
“A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.” – the Second …