Former Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke Jr. wowed CPAC with an impassioned defense of the Second Amendment over the weekend.
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CLARKE: “Ladies and gentleman, this document, the Constitution of the United States, means everything to me and it should mean everything to you. 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 here’s why. As you know, this country was formed, this Constitution didn’t apply to the slaves. But, guess what? This Constitution allowed for the brilliance of the Founding Fathers, this Constitution allowed for us to finally get it right.
We did with the 13th Amendment that freed the slaves. But, the 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.
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. 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. 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. […]
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.