Well, I think Ed Brown, the notorious tax protester, is going to choose the latter option.Â It’s a very well written post.Â These are the kinds of people I’d honestly prefer not have guns.Â Â They make normal gun owners look like whack jobs.Â Taxes are not a reason to threaten to murder people, and whether he ends up dead or in prison, I won’t shed a tear for him.
But I will say this, his situation is an interesting study in how power works.Â If you defy your governments laws, eventually men with guns will come and exert the government’s power over you. Â All power comes down to that. Â To those people who believe that small arms can never be effective against an oppressive government, Ed Brown’s continuing resistance to government power shows that the notion is incorrect.Â If it wasn’t for being armed, he’d be in federal custody already.
I believe Mr. Brown is gravely mistaken in his belief that the government has gotten so out of control that violence is an acceptable solution. Â I’m sympathetic to the idea that the government has made too many encroachments into our liberties, and that our federal government exercises power beyond its constitutional limits, but the government has done no wrong so grave that taking up arms against it, and against its agents, it warranted.