Defender of Freedom: Former Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke told an enthusiastic crowd at the annual Conservative Political Action Conference in Florida over the weekend that he would “die fighting” to protect gun rights and the U.S. Constitution in general.
“Ladies and gentleman, this document, the ConstitutionÂ of the United States, means everything to me and it should mean everything to you,” he said as he held up a copy of the Constitution in booklet form.
“This is a document of freedom and liberty in the United States of America. I took an oath to defend this Constitution and gosh darn it I better live up to that oath. These are your rights, not my rights. I am a defender of your rights. As it relates to the Second Amendment, it has special meaning to me and hereâ€™s why,” he continued.
“As you know, this country was formed, this Constitution didnâ€™t apply to the slaves. But, guess what? This Constitution allowed for the brillianceÂ of the Founding Fathers, this ConstitutionÂ allowed for us to finally get it right,” he said, a reference to the document’s amendment process.
The Thirteenth Amendment abolished slavery; the Fourteenth Amendment established due process and equal protection clauses for all Americans; and the Fifteenth Amendment declares that rights cannot be denied to any American based on race.
“We did with the 13th Amendment that freed the slaves. But, theÂ 13th Amendment only freed the slaves on paper. Many of you may know it was the 14 Amendment, Equal Protection Clause, that said this document applies to all citizens of the United States and that included newly freed slaves,” Clark said.
“My ancestors fought as well the Founding Fathers for this document to apply to us. Let me tell you what Frederick Douglas said about the Right of Self Defense,” he said.
“Douglas strongly supported the right of fugitive slaves to have and use weapons to resist kidnapping. When government fails to protect the just right of any individual man, that man rests on his original right of self-defense, even if it means shooting down his pursuers,” the former sheriff continued.
“Slavery is a system of brute force. It must be met with its own weapons. That freedom was worth fighting for. Slaves plus guns equaled freedom,” he added.
“Ladies and gentleman, I will fight for your rights, under this document, like it were my right, and it is. I will die fighting for this document.”
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