Nunc Pro Tunc: The Coming Day of Burn Barrels and Blessings

By: James Rawles
SurvivalBlog

This is a standing invitation to my fellow Americans: If congress ever enacts a law mandating the registration and/or a production ban of detachable magazine semiautomatic rifles then you are hereby invited to the town square of your local community. There, burn barrels will be set up and we will publicly burn Form 4473s, FFL Bound Books, state and local registration records, and the sales receipts for every firearm in the United States. On that same day, FFL holders and public officials holding electronic firearms records will simultaneously erase those records, permanently and irretrievably. (Using special file erasure software such as Blancco, X-Ways, and Stellar Wipe, or though the physical destruction of disk drives.)

Spontaneous Gatherings, Spontaneous Combustion

This burn barrel day–likely to be held the day after the President signs any new draconian legislation–will include speeches, public prayers, and the blessing of those who have gathered by ministers, rabbis, and priests.

The core of the activities on that day will be stalwart public defiance of any new unconstitutional law(s), the open and notorious destruction of records that might be used to enslave us, and vocal public affirmations of solidarity of free men and women, in the face of tyranny. This will be a defining moment for America–a line drawn in the sand. We will forthrightly declare that we will not obey any unconstitutional law and that we will treat it dismissively, as if it had never been enacted — nunc pro tunc. We will pledge ourselves to the defense of liberty, both individually and collectively. We will vow that if ever called to jury duty, we will nullify any unconstitutional laws, vacating the charges against the accused, in accordance with our long-standing right as jurors. (See: www.FIJA.org.)

The Law is On Our Side

We will publicly re-affirm some long standing precepts of American jurisprudence, to wit:

“The General rule is that an unconstitutional statute, though having the form and name of law is in reality no law, but is wholly void, and ineffective for any purpose; since unconstitutionality dates from the time of it’s enactment and not merely from the date of the decision so branding it. An unconstitutional law, in legal contemplation, is as inoperative as if it had never been passed. Such a statute leaves the question that it purports to settle just as it would be had the statute not been enacted.

Since an unconstitutional law is void, the general principles follow that it imposes no duties, confers no rights, creates no office, bestows no power or authority on anyone, affords no protection, and justifies no acts performed under it…

A void act cannot be legally consistent with a valid one. An unconstitutional law cannot operate to supersede any existing valid law. Indeed, insofar as a statute runs counter to the fundamental law of the lend, it is superseded thereby.

No one is bound to obey an unconstitutional law and no courts are bound to enforce it.” – 16 Am Jur 2d, Sec 177 late 2d, Sec 256

Never Again!

Recognizing the many sad lessons of civilian disarmament and subsequent genocides in the 20th Century, we will make bold and forthright statement: Never Again! We will not submit to the unlawful decrees of tyrants. We will not meekly go their jails and internment camps. We will fight for our liberty, to our dying breath.

Come Armed, Come Masked

I recommend that all adults who publicly assemble at these burn barrel events do so armed, as is our right. And those who come armed should also wear masks, to protect themselves from malicious prosecution. I plan to wear a Guy Fawkes mask, but you can wear a bandana, face muffler, or the face mask of your choice. Joining you, also wearing masks, will be many mayors, sheriffs and their deputies, chiefs of police and their officers, town council members, clergy, and people of all walks of life. We vastly outnumber the tyrants. The tyrants deserve nothing but our scorn and derision. Their fate is already sealed.

Plausible Denial

After this fateful day has come and gone, FFL holders and public officials will be able to recount: “I had no choice. My records were taken by men with guns who were wearing masks!” (So they’ll have no excuse if they don’t cooperate with this nationwide display of civil disobedience.)

God Bless The Republic. Down with Tyrants. We Will Prevail!

– James Wesley, Rawles – January 28, 2013

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2 thoughts on “Nunc Pro Tunc: The Coming Day of Burn Barrels and Blessings

  1. URGENT:
    “Today, a former selectman in my town responded, stating in part that he would work to have me fired from my job.

    I swore to serve and protect the public, and to uphold the Constitution of the United States, as well as the laws of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. My personal values, beliefs and integrity will not allow me to violate the core meaning of this oath. Because of this, I will refuse to participate in the confiscation of any firearms that are lawfully owned by U.S citizens. I will not enforce any unconstitutional law or executive order which does not respect the rights of citizens in regards to firearms registration, possession, or any other right which is granted by the U.S Constitution.

    I ask that my brothers and sisters in law enforcement support me in this. Remember your oath, and please do the right thing.”

    http://www.saveamericafoundation.com/2013/01/28/help-police-officer-being-persecuted-for-his-defense-of-the-constitution-from-florida-oath-keepers/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+SaveAmericaFoundation+%28Save+America+Foundation%29

  2. Very well done!
    And all that you say is constitutionally correct. Since our Constitution doesn’t delegate any powers to the federal government to restrict, limit, or abridge, in any way whatsoever, our pre-existing rights to have arms & ammo; any & all laws & rules made by the federal government which pretend to restrict these rights are unconstitutional as outside the scope of the powers delegated to them.
    So ALL federal laws or regulations which pretend to regulate licensing, reporting requirements, registration, background checks, etc., etc. are unconstitutional as usurpations of powers not delegated.
    Alexander Hamilton said it best:

    “… every act of a delegated authority, contrary to the tenor of the commission under which it is exercised, is void. No legislative act, therefore, contrary to the Constitution, can be valid. To deny this, would be to affirm, that the deputy is greater than his principal; that the servant is above his master; that the representatives of the people are superior to the people themselves; that men acting by virtue of powers, may do not only what their powers do not authorize, but what they forbid. ”
    Federalist Paper No. 78 (10th para) http://www.foundingfathers.info/federalistpapers/fed78.htm

    [Note: The Federalist Papers are authoritative; Am Jur. 2nd isn’t. So use The Federalist Papers as authority on constitutional issues.]

    And it is encouraging to see that not all American males have become metrosexuals. You are a manly man.

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