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Is immigration bad for the Second Amendment?

BY Herschel Smith
4 days, 9 hours ago

Via David Codrea, this piece from Bearing Arms.

I am an immigrant and a Second Amendment advocate myself, and two, I have also written about long-term threats posed to our right to keep and bear arms (shameless plug ahead!) in a book co-authored with Greg Camp: “Each One, Teach One: Preserving and protecting the Second Amendment in the 21st century and beyond.”

In the above work, I touched upon how immigration plays into the various threats to the Second Amendment, not because immigration per se is dangerous, but as a factor that compounds the mass ignorance which is the real threat. Most immigrants, unless they’re naturalized citizens, cannot vote. So, the unrelenting attacks on the Second Amendment cannot be attributed to immigrants because the mass ignorance lies in the body politic of natural-born American citizens, who are the absolute majority of voters in this country.

As expected, the comments in reaction to Smith’s video have their fair share of people who think that immigration itself is a problem. From my vantage point, I find it totally ironic because every single vocal gun control activist that I know is a white progressive and an umpteenth-generation American, some even being descendants of American revolutionaries. On the flip side, some of the most ardent supporters of the Second Amendment are immigrants, who have taken it upon themselves to do a job that many natural-born American citizens refuse to do: unapologetically defending the U.S. Constitution and Bill of Rights.

My religious roots, cultural background, and upbringing are all contrary to gun ownership. I grew up in India and was raised vegetarian in a religious Hindu family. People from my caste background historically have been academics and priests who don’t wield weapons. My grandfather is a Gandhian who was part of the nonviolent independence struggle against the British. Yet not only do I own guns, but I am also an evangelist for gun rights. How did that come to pass?

The gist of what I wrote in my book is that immigration, along with other factors, is a threat only if you let it be a threat. The core of my prescription for preserving and protecting the Second Amendment is outreach to groups that have historically not been associated with gun ownership, and included prominently in that are immigrants and new Americans.

This commentary has the unfortunate feel of something that would be published at Bearing Arms.

To begin with, he exaggerates the case when he implies that immigrants constitute some of the most ardent 2A supporters.  I’ve pointed out many times before that immigrants from south of the border – which comprises most of our immigration, both legal and illegal – oppose gun rights by some 75%, and vote that way when they have the chance.

Second, he exaggerates the case that it’s even possible to conduct the outreach he claims is our responsibility.  How?  Media?  Church?  Pamphlets?  Books?  Someone else owns the media.  Churches have gone to the dogs.  Pamphlets and books are for people who will take the time to read them.

Next, he misses the point (and exaggerates again) when he insinuates that any of the above is a good remedy for a world and life view contrary to the Christian world and life view.  Only an understanding of being designed in God’s image supports the notion of firearms ownership and covenant responsibility, blessings and curses.  Seeing the relationship between people and their government as a covenant that can be nullified is broken is unique and solely a Christian belief and doctrine.  No other world and life view has such a concept.  Not … a … single … one.  And I’ve studied them.  If the writer believes in the RKBA, he does so in spite of his Hindu upbringing, not because of it.

Finally, he implies that it’s my responsibility to educate and indoctrinate new immigrants in the virtues of firearms ownership, when in fact it’s safer, tidier, and has a much better chance of success to carefully husband our borders and allow only those in who already believe in the American system.

Why would someone claim anything different?  This is analogous to someone claiming that it’s our duty to marry unbelievers and then try to convert them.  But then there’s that whole issue of being “unequally yoked.”

This is a bad commentary from a very questionable source, and I remain disappointed in the quality of analysis coming out of Bearing Arms, from their disdain for open carry to [apparent] support for unfettered immigration.

In short, “is immigration bad for the second amendment?”  Short answer: yes.

Immigration as a Threat to Second Amendment Rights

BY Herschel Smith
1 week, 4 days ago

I like Mark and he’s certainly on our side, and correct about his concern.  But this is way late to come to the table with the concern compared to the warnings David Codrea and I have both laid out for years now.

Our God-given rights are certainly not at risk since the Almighty decreed them before time began.  But that doesn’t mean they will be recognized by the state or that we won’t have to go through troublesome times ahead because of the usurpation of the Lordship of Christ by the state.

Migrants Killing Dogs

BY Herschel Smith
6 months, 1 week ago


An influx of migrants into a Texas border town killing local pets, stealing from shops, and knocking on doors late at night has prompted residents to buy more weapons to defend themselves.

The Del Rio section of the border at Eagle Pass, Texas, has seen over 376,000 migrant encounters since October 2021, according to Customs and Border Protection, which doubles the number from the previous year.

One Eagle Pass resident said she taught her children to use tasers and other weapons to defend their family business.

[ … ]

They added that they were aware of some migrants who entered one property ‘and in order to steal something, they killed the dogs.’

Do you want to have your pets killed in the middle of the night and then have your home invaded?  Or if you’re perspective is a bit bigger, do you want to terraform a society and culture, impoverish the middle class, and ruin the culture?

Just throw the borders wide open.  That’ll do it just about right.

The Border Patrol Versus The Texas National Guard

BY Herschel Smith
7 months ago

This is easy.  The governor of Texas could handle this with the stroke of a pen.

Issue arming orders to the Texas National Guard.  Tell them to monitor the passing.  If the Border Patrol follows orders from above and comes to open the passing, arrest them and put them into indefinite confinement along with arrested or detained migrants.

The same lack of will has occurred in Missouri where they actually have the tools to do their job but won’t use them.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has so far randomly audited 24 sheriff’s offices in Missouri in search of concealed carry weapon (CCW) details, but they all refused to comply, according to law enforcement authorities.

“None released anything pertaining to CCWs themselves, but some did partially comply by answering procedural questions on issuing CCWs,” said Moniteau County’s Sheriff Tony Wheatley.

Don’t do that.  Confiscate their weapons and seize their credentials, arrest them on the spot, and either take them to the state border and release them or throw them into jail.  Tell them never to come back.

This will get worse until the states stand up for themselves.

Texas Now: Armed Invasion

BY Herschel Smith
9 months, 4 weeks ago

Michael Yon.

26 May 2022
Kinney County, Texas
Mind dump from the front

I was just in the office of Kinney County Sheriff, Brad Coe. Am with LTC Pete “Doc” Chambers, Green Beret doctor who has been fighting illegal “vaccinations” of US military.

Uvalde, the town where the mass murder happened, is the next town over. Some of the deputies are there helping. One deputy lost a nephew.

Ali Bradley is in Uvalde. We called her from Sheriff Coe’s office. Ali has interviewed the grandfather of the murderer and more. Ali has many important things to say. Will let her say them.

These weapons are now in Sheriff Coe’s office. Confiscated from border smugglers. Sheriff Coe said nearly all smugglers are armed.

This is an armed invasion of United States. OGUS is facilitating this invasion. We are under attack.

Also make sure to catch Michael on the Uvalde massacre and Greyhound participation on trafficking immigrants across the border.

Allen West Interviews Michael Yon

BY Herschel Smith
10 months, 1 week ago

Very interesting.  Michael begins at about 11:52.

Haitian Migrants Released Into The U.S.

BY Herschel Smith
1 year, 6 months ago

Fred had a question the other day that was never fully answered.  Exactly who’s funding this?  Soros?  Who else would be on the list of culprits?

Someone I talked to a few days ago had the same question.  What are Haitians doing at the Southern border, and how did they get there?  Travel and food isn’t cheap.

Michael Yon On The Immigrant Wave

BY Herschel Smith
2 years ago

Bad news.

Tomorrow, if all goes well, we will be in the Panamanian jungle with a naked tribe. Literally. We’ve been researching the migration crush here in Colombia. Apparently, 2-4 million Venezuelans have swarmed into Colombia. Nobody know the real numbers.

Other neighborhood countries such as Brazil, Peru, Ecuador, are experiencing similar from Venezuela. And now with Biden policy, they’ll be marching north, joined by migrations from around Asia, Africa, Middle East, Cuba, other Caribbean countries such as Haiti, and also from other South American countries.

As they march north, they will be joined by some Panamanians, and large numbers or Nicaraguans, Salvadorians, Hondurans, and finally Mexicans. And you shall see the flood. It’s coming. It’s building. Our border, relatively open, while American fuel and food prices rocket. At this rate we soon will adopt millions — most speak no lick of English — even while homeless camps swell around America.

This is just an FYSA. I am beyond the frontline. On deep reconnoissance. Deeper still, I have spent considerable years in many of the countries they come from. They need help but we must help them in place — but first we must guard our own wellspring whence we produce the wealth to help. (When oxygen masks drop — pull our own masks first. Otherwise, we become another casualty, another burden.)

Soon, we will need more pedestrian crossing signs in America. This mass migration will not stop at Texas.

Listen to me.

This is serious.

While the New York Times had multiple reporters covering some nobody in England, Michael Yon is taking pictures, interviewing people, studying the human landscape, and issuing real warnings.

Because legacy media sucks, and Michael Yon doesn’t.  Michael is a real journalist and researcher, while the legacy media is nothing more than lies, hysteria and entertainment.

And America will suffer greatly for the theft of an election.

So What Does A Coyote Do, After All?

BY Herschel Smith
2 years, 4 months ago

This is not a joke.  These are some of the real tweets by communists after Trump said that “Coyotes” transport children across the Southern border.

In addition to being terrible people, they’re literally stupid.  Who doesn’t know this?  Who’s that out of touch with reality?

What’s Behind The High Covid Count In Texas?

BY Herschel Smith
2 years, 8 months ago

There’s this.

AUSTIN, Texas — The national narrative about the current State of Texas Covid-19 crisis (and Arizona’s and California’s) goes like this: Fault for the escalating spike in hospitalizations that have overwhelmed Texas care facilities falls entirely to Gov. Greg Abbott’s phased reopening and the cavalier partying of bar patrons and spring-break revelers, all exclusively inside the state. The governor and local officials are succumbing to the narrative by reinstituting closures as a guard against future youthful stupidity.

But my Border Patrol sources, Mexican media reports, and obscure local media reporting at the border tell a Texas story at sharp variance with that narrative. Taken all together, the collection of reporting persuasively suggests that some percentage of the Texas Covid-19 hospitalizations, likely a significant one, comes from an ongoing influx of seriously ill patients who caught the virus in Covid-exploding Mexico and are legally and illegally crossing the border to flee that country’s completely overrun health system. Refusal to acknowledge this ground truth and to excavate the data necessary to inform the right policy choices presents a danger to life that is more real than any imagined political offense by stating that Mexico is a source.

Enough evidence is now on hand that severely ill patients are pouring over from Mexico and adding to the American counts of hospitalization and death, probably coinciding with regular community spread resulting from recent mass protests. What’s needed now is acknowledgement that there are at least two merging streams, not to be conflated with one another.

The most convincing evidence emerged from national reporting back in May, before widespread second-wave spikes generating the current panicked and uninformed policy responses. These are no longer cited in context of the crisis that much more recently developed: The New York Times, the Washington Post, the Wall Street Journal, and most recently, to its rare credit, CNN on June 29, have established a credible anecdotal baseline that Covid-19 patients have been flooding through California and Arizona border ports of entry from Mexico (some illegally) — by the thousands — since at least mid-May as the virus struck our southern neighbor a month or two behind the United States. It was no coincidence that at the same time the Baja and Sonora state hospital systems were seizing up in worst-case scenarios of deadly convulsions.

The CNN report confirmed other reports that American expatriates and Mexican visa-holders were coming up to California ports of entry aboard ambulances, or calling ambulances as they were crossing on foot. The CNN story, for instance, quoted Carmela Coyle, president and CEO of the California Hospital Association, calling what is underway “an unprecedented surge across the border”.

But don’t look for that in the narrative.  It doesn’t fit.

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