Several years ago, I read a great article for patriots and gun owners, titled "Standing Orders". It was written as advice to gun owners as to the best means for holding on to what little liberty we still have, and it flew in the face of conventional wisdom. That article is nowhere to be found anymore. I think it was on the GOA, Gun Owners of America, website; or perhaps it was JPFO, Jews for the Preservation of Firearms Ownership. Both, by the way, are organizations I wholeheartedly support because, unlike the NRA, they don't believe in appeasement. Perhaps the bargaining table would a good course of action if we were dealing with a licensed privilege for which we must grovel, as the various federal, state and local branches of government so obviously feel. Not so much for defending a God-given, natural human right.
Having set the tone, let's proceed with the meat of this short article, which is my interpretation of the intent of the original article. In no way is this a plagiarization, as I would be happy to just provide a link to the original article, or reprint it (with permission, of course), but as mentioned above, it is nowhere to be found. I have searched the Internet for it several times over the past few years, to no avail. It finally occurred to me that, if the article in question has disappeared (intentionally or not), perhaps I should write a new outline of the basic idea. Since I am working from a ghost of the gist of the original article, I'll add some thought of my own.
Let's start with conventional wisdom. First, "I don't want to buy any guns from a licensed dealer, because then there is a paper trail to me". Second, "I don't want to sell a gun to an individual, because I don't know what he's gonna do with it that may get me in trouble. Besides, the government advises us to protect ourselves legally by conducting all transfers through a dealer". Then the biggie: "I'm gonna buy an extra (AR, AK, SKS, etc.) and bury or otherwise hide it and a couple cases of ammo, just in case the SHTF." Actually, that one wasn't covered in the original article, but I am going to address it anyway. And one last one, that also wasn't covered: "It is illegal to build your own gun, or if you do, you can never sell or give it to anyone".
All of the above, by the way, are based on misinformation that was probably intentionally spread by the government, because it plays right into their hands. First, it convinces people to do things that make it easier for the government to control them, and second, people who are doing something a certain way already won't object too strenuously, if at all, to it being made into a law. In fact, they may be surprised to find that it isn't already law.
Here are the standing orders:
- Buy guns from a licensed dealer, as often as possible. This doesn't mean don't buy or trade among individuals (see S.O. Two), but even if you are buying from individuals, also buy from dealers. By as often as possible, I mean (and this is from the original article) try to buy a gun every month, if possible. If all you can afford to buy that often are used Raven .25s, RG-10s and the occasional single shot shotgun, so be it. The idea is to make the numbers of "on-paper" gun transfers so staggering that the elected office-holder will see it as a much larger force than he wants to contend with, not to mention a huge mass of votes for his opponent if he backs anti-gun legislation.
- Transfer guns between individuals, if your state still allows it (a few states don't. Alabama still does). This means sell and trade among friends, sell through ads in the local classifieds (if allowed), always have a gun or two for sale when you go to the gun shows, etc. Drawing on my memory again, the original article said you should never sell a gun through a licensed dealer. The idea is that the unconstitutional paper trail on guns should always show many guns going out to the populace, never to be seen on paper again. The more millions of guns their papers show in civilian hands, the less they are going to want to screw with us. You should of course ask to see a driver's license or similar ID to verify that the buyer is of legal age and a resident of your state, but unless the law specifically requires (not advises) it, don't write any info down. Basically, do the absolute minimum required by law, beyond protecting yourself from being set up by a LEO shill from, say, Tennessee. The gun cops have been doing that crap in northeast Alabama, that I know of, and probably everywhere else too. And we're supposed to be worried about foreign enemies, or something. Personally, I'll take a thousand illegal aliens from south of the border, over one BATFE agent. Back on subject; the reason we want to preserve unlicensed private transfers, aside from it being a simple freedom issue, is this: the minute they are able to ban unlicensed private transfers, they will be able to come to your home and demand that you produce this particular gun that you bought on this date, and you won't be able to say you don't have it anymore. That situation is called backdoor gun registration, and it is exactly why they want so badly to "close the gun show loophole" which really means ban all private transfers.
- Burying guns. Don't fool yourself. The standing order here is to keep your Second Amendment protected, Homeland Defense Rifle ready to do its job at a moment's notice. Look, if you need to bury your black rifle, it probably means black rifles are being banned. If you are gonna roll over and submit to that ban without a whimper, sell or give it to someone else. What are you gonna do with a banned gun? Think about it. A few years ago, you could walk into your local gun store and buy a Street Sweeper or similar revolving-cylinder, double action only shotgun. They met the NFA rules, same as your Remmy 870: 18" minimum barrel length, 26" minimum overall length, only one round fired per pull of the trigger, etc. In fact, the 870 is a better combat weapon than that ill-handling brute. But then some of the wonderful protectors of our freedom at the federal level managed to get them reclassified as a Destructive Device. That's right, the same classification as a 20mm automatic cannon or a Sidewinder missile. If you had one of those shotguns and didn't get the word, mere possession after a certain date would get you 16 years in prison and a felony conviction, not to mention a $100,000 fine. Now, are you absolutely sure nobody will mention that you used to have one of those? If the BATFE or the local sheriff or police department gets the idea that you may still have it, do you think they won't dig up your yard for a major felony conviction and a cut of that hundred thousand dollars? Not only will they dig up your yard, but also your brother's, best friend's, and father-in-law's yards, not to mention your hunting lease. If AR-15s are banned, the local sheriff is not gonna be too worried about stretching his budget this year.
- Home-built guns. Before you build your own gun, do your own research. I did. What I found was that any gun you may legally own, you may legally build but you must build it yourself; you can't pay somebody else to do the work for you. Also, you don't have to serial number it, but the government "advises" (there's that word again) you to mark it with your name, town, city or county of residence, and perhaps a serial number. And you can sell it if you later decide not to keep it, but you may not build them specifically to sell. Your state may have further restrictions. Alabama doesn't, as far as I know. So the standing order here is to collect blueprints and plans for legal weapons, buy tools and buy or make jigs for building guns, buy and learn to use small machine shop tools, and perhaps form a local club for building legal guns, so you can share tools, tips, information, and general camaraderie, centered around building guns.
- The last standing order: Go to the range and shoot! Regularly. Anytime a reporter or anyone else not there for the shooting shows up at any range during open hours, it needs to be occupied with people actively shooting. Everyone needs to see that there are lots of regular people out there who own and enjoy their guns.