The GFE blog has been neglected recently, and for you three or four people who actually read it, I apologize.
But the Holy Trinity has not been idle. We have all been doing our own projects within the community and for ourselves. Some of those projects have been aimed at actually accomplishing some meaningful progress within our communities and hopefully on a grander scale as well.
Some quick background to lay the scene for you guys. As you all know, after the Newtown shooting the country went Gun Control apeshit rather quickly. One of the casualties of this bullshit was the gun laws in Colorado.
Prior to our disastrous legislative session this past Spring, Colorado enjoyed some of the most liberal gun laws in the country. In fact our laws were better than the laws in Texas, though few know that.
As most of you know, Colorado lost some of those important rights in a hard fought battle in our State legislature. Outside money from Mayor Fucktardberg in New York, as well as personal phone calls from Vice President Biteme to legislators who were on the fence helped get the laws passed despite enormous resistance from the citizens of our fine state.
The result was a ban on any new transfers of magazines over 15 rounds, background checks on all private firearms sales, and requiring gun purchasers to pay a fee for all background checks. We the citizens tried to resist. We held protests, attended every legislative session, called our representatives, wrote letters and emails, attended every legislative hearing, blogged, tweeted, facebooked, bitched, moaned, boycotted and other actions I won’t mention. In the end, it didn’t work. None of it worked because it wasn’t a fair fight. The legislative process was highjacked.
Colorado was used by the White House to gain momentum in the debate. They knew that if they could get this pro-gun state to flip to the dark side, they could claim a national victory. Well Fuck Them. We are still not laying down. This fight is not over, and let me show you how.
Juan A Be is an NRA certified instructor. He became certified sometime last year and I was with him as he taught his first class. He looked like a virgin on prom night, all cramped up and painfully wincing in front of the students. But he has come a long way.
He has been spending his own time and money to conduct 100% free conceal carry classes around the state. One of his first free classes happened right on the CU Colorado Springs campus. His mission is to give as many people in Colorado every thing he can to make sure they can arm themselves. In Colorado, the class typically runs around $100 per person. I can tell you that for me personally that that was not a financial burden I was ever willing to pay to exercise my Constitutional right to bear arms.
Offering the class for free is Juan A Be’s revolutionary act. While the class is free to the students, it is not free for Juan A Be. Money comes out of his pocket every time he conducts the class. And the further he travels, including to the Western Slope (for those of you not from Colorado, that means a trip over the Rocky Mountains), the more money it costs him. He gains nothing from this act except the satisfaction that he is actually sacrificing something to stand up for the rights of our citizens. And I think his contribution has something to do with this dramatic rise in conceal carry permit seekers in Colorado.
In addition to offering these classes, Juan A Be also helped to coordinate an act of civil disobedience with another Colorado gun owner, Ryan Tuleja. On July 1st, the day that the new laws went into effect, Juan A Be, Ryan and about 60 other people gathered at the state capitol building and exchanged high capacity magazines. This was illegal. This is something that each one of those people risked arrest for. This is something that I personally have not seen anywhere else in this country. This is exactly the kind of courage that we should be seeing across this country, but it is lacking. To stand directly in front of law enforcement (who were in attendance keeping an eye on the demonstration) and break this unconstitutional law is a revolutionary act. It’s not retweeting, it’s not changing your goddamn Facebook icon, it’s not bitching and moaning on a forum. It’s having the courage of your convictions.
Meanwhile, El Bombardero has been doing his thing. He signed the petition to recall Senator John Morse. And when Morse’s campaign contacted him about retracting his signature, he told them to fuck off. In addition, he is holding a little contest in the same spirit as the magazine swap.
The contest speaks for itself, so I’m not going to spend much time talking about it.
It’s time to stand up. Maybe revolutionary acts like this one will inspire more, and real change can be accomplished in this country without the more revolutionary acts of using more persuasive means. Maybe we can turn the tide. It’s not just the gun laws. We have the NDAA, the NSA spying on every single American including Congress, the militarization of our police, the destruction of the 1st, 2nd, 4th, 5th, and 6th Amendments, the silencing of journalists, etc. The list goes on and on. Changing your Facebook icon, signing petitions, ranting on forums, fuming on your couch – none of that shit is going to accomplish anything. Join us, stand up for your rights, risk something, show the world your balls.