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Right to bear arms plays critical role in autonomy

Everyone has the right to bear arms, and that right is not granted to them by the government to be taken away in times of crisis. That right is granted to people by God or nature in spite of their government to protect them from a bad government.

In the United States, the people have the right to choose their government. When the government they choose oversteps its bounds and is no longer deriving its “just powers from the consent of the governed,” then it “becomes necessary ... to dissolve” said government and it is “the Right of the People to alter or to abolish” according to the U.S. Constitution.

That right was established in the United States 240 years ago in 1776. The French and the Bourbons also established that right less than a generation later. In 2014, Scotland voted to stay in the United Kingdom, and two years later the United Kingdom voted to leave the European Union.

Now, Catalonia is trying to do the same. Madrid has denied that request.

Ninety percent of Catalans say that they want to create their own republic and govern themselves. Madrid no longer has the “consent of the governed,” as is necessary in the United States, and recently enacted vicious police crackdowns against voters peacefully casting their ballots.

Unfortunately, the Spanish constitution contains no provision asserting the rights of people to bear arms.

In fact, to purchase a firearm in Spain, one must prove that they need a firearm for protection. Pictures of the bloody women and police officers in riot gear demonstrate that the Catalans have a “need.”

Luckily, human rights take precedence over statutory rights. The people of Catalonia have the right to break the yoke of oppressive government and to create a republic that responds to their wishes to tax, spend, deploy troops, bar or accept immigrants and provide welfare or not by their own decree.

A government is a protector of rights and a guardian of order against the mob. It is not the grantor nor the decider of rights. It cannot define what liberty is and should not try.

The people living under the banner of tyranny throughout the world — no matter the tyranny’s name, race or party affiliation — have the right to their own voices and associate or dissociate with whomever they choose. They have the right to create coalitions, committees and governments and unshackle themselves, by force if necessary, when those governments grow malignant.

It should be undeniable that Catalonia and the rest of the world have the right to bear arms and resist an unchecked and violent government in order to ensure these rights. This right keeps all other liberties safe and it is a fundamental human right.

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