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Don’t Tread On Me

Need? We need not justify.

When asked what I do for a living I reply: I teach people how to shoot people. I teach people how to shoot people because some people need to be shot – and they need to be shot NOW.

I have found that in the long run sugarcoating reality rarely produces good results. Yes, it might make some people “feel” better, but feelings and reality are often polar opposites. Pretending something is what it is not only postpones judgment day, and the longer it’s ignored, the higher the price.

26 years ago I began my involvement with “gun rights”. I had a good grasp on what Article II of the Bill of Rights was about then, and my thoughts haven’t changed since. Article II is about the individual’s ability to shoot tyrants – plain and simple. It has nothing to do with hunting, collecting or competition. And tyranny, as I define it, may appear in the form of a rapist in the alley, a mob during civil unrest, an invading military, or one’s own government.

I personally own no “sporting arms.” I own and train with auto-loading, magazine fed weapons; rifles and pistols which are designed to get hot and function during conflict. Most are black and “scary looking”, and that suits me just fine – I’m not in the rainbows and unicorns business, I’m in the force business. What I, and thousands of other instructors around the country do, is provide the necessary skills that Americans need to deploy firearms in tyranny’s direction. We don’t teach people how to play games or take quail; we teach people how to effectively launch bullets into the bodies of tyrants.

And to such tyrants, my advice is this:

If you don’t want to find yourself on the business end of my rifle, then behave yourself.

As long as there is a free exchange of goods and services, a system of justice, a redress of grievances and I’m free to walk unmolested, there will be no problem. If not, expect trouble.

Joe Biden and Diane Feinstein may pretend that they don’t understand such things, but they do. They understand perfectly what AR-15’s are for, and that’s exactly why their bodyguards have them. You see, like most criminals, they aren’t interested in a fight. They came about their power the old fashioned way, they lied, cheated and stole their way to the point where they are protected by men with guns at taxpayer expense.

The notion of armed peasants in “their kingdom” scares the living hell out of them. It interferes with their plan. They know they are up to no good, and they know that someday the population will be on to them – If not them specifically, then some future generation of socialist/fascist tyrants who worship them as gods. They also understand that a willing population armed with semi-automatic battle rifles can only be pushed so far. That they work so hard to disarm us should be a clue to anyone paying attention.

I understand and accept the responsibility of liberty. To be free, one must be willing to fight for it…not just on civic level (letter writing, voting, jury duty, etc…), but all the way up to the use of physical force. In my opinion, it is the right, responsibility and duty of every able free person, to own, train with, and be willing to use, arms. Real arms – not your great uncle’s duck gun – but weapons of war.

It is far past time for us to take control of the debate. We need to stop making excuses for why we own guns, and we need to stop apologizing for our personal liberty.

We are not subjects.
We are not serfs.
We are not slaves.

Some will never understand that, and so be it. However, there are millions who have never considered such things, and they never will if we continue to pretend that our guns have any other use than to force the expiration of tyranny.

We are free people, armed to the teeth – And we should not be interested in living any other way!

Have no shame about it.

Frank Sharpe
Fortress Defense Consultants


22 Responses to Don’t Tread On Me

  1. WILLIAM ANDERSON February 21, 2013 at 9:22 am #

    Well said……..I agree we have too much of what i call internet patriots that all have a voice and courage behinde the keys of there computer. Stand up and fight now or be content being a sheep…….”COME AND TAKE THEM”

  2. What Me Worry? February 21, 2013 at 9:32 am #

    Bill of Rights, not of needs……..outstanding post.

  3. Franco February 21, 2013 at 9:43 am #

    Great post. This needs to be spread as far and wide as possible.

  4. 100atr February 21, 2013 at 10:21 am #

    Thank You!

  5. Travis February 21, 2013 at 11:08 am #

    Excellent write-up!

  6. Steve Northrop February 21, 2013 at 11:35 am #

    Hear, hear!

  7. Patrick D. Rice February 21, 2013 at 12:20 pm #

    Could not have put it in a better contex! thanks

  8. Paul Laska February 21, 2013 at 12:34 pm #

    I must respectfully disagree on one point. The Second Amendment is not about shooting tyrants. It is about intimidating potential tyrants, so they fail to rise to power, or, if they do so, fear achieving their intent. They fear opposition; that is why a Hitler took advantage of Wiemar Republic laws which had already disarmed the populace. When it gets to the point that we must shoot, we have all lost; the nation will be torn asunder, it will no longer be the United States, and all will lose.

  9. Gerald Vernon February 21, 2013 at 12:47 pm #

    I agree 110%. The founding fathers understood their own history and culture of tyranny well enough not to trust themselves. They were smart enough to put in a built in safeguard against themselves. It’s called the 2nd Amendment. It was never intended to be the hunting amendment as the anti-gun nuts try to twist it into. Good job Frank.

  10. Frank Sharpe February 21, 2013 at 12:56 pm #

    Threat means nothing if you’re not willing to back it up with action. In the end, it’s about shooting them.

    And as far as “all is lost”…well, perhaps. On the other hand, it might be better. It certainly was after the American Revolution.

    Try not to look at it in such a negative light. You are an armed American – in the grand history of humanity you are one of the rare people who have the ways and means to say NO. It’s a wonderful thing!

  11. Carter February 21, 2013 at 1:10 pm #


  12. Markius Fox February 21, 2013 at 1:21 pm #

    The Bill of Rights proves my needs by restricting the government. Any intrusion or perversion of my needs via tampering with the Bill of Rights is an attack on myself and every US Citizen.

    We are all workers, citizens. And if the time comes to pass, we will all be citizen soldiers, carrying the arms to defend the rights that government is prohibited from infringing upon. Such is the role of the citizenry; workers, soldiers, farmers, intellectuals, and the youth.

    We carry the arms now, showing the bourgeois in the government that we have the means. It is their finger on the trigger. Their next move will decide what the workers will do in reply, what the workers will be forced to reply with.

  13. William Fagan February 21, 2013 at 3:02 pm #

    Geeezzz Frank…why don’t you tell us how you really feel…..Loved your letter..thanks for working so hard for the rest of us….Rusty PS. Wished I could write a piece like that.

  14. Frank Sharpe February 21, 2013 at 3:10 pm #

    William – “feelings” are what got us into this mess in the first place. I keep my feelings out of it, lol.

    And thank you for the kind words! 🙂

  15. Charles Hanwith-Horden February 21, 2013 at 6:12 pm #

    I am not an American Citizen and I have never been to America, but I’m a citizen of an African country. Unfortunately the disarming of the citizens usually means they will lose everything at the barrel of a gun, just take a look at Africa’s track record, the whole of Africa! Gun control works, just ask Mugabe, Hitler, Stalin et al. Very well done on the article, again, I wish I was in a position to write that! Best wishes.

  16. Nels Pedersen February 21, 2013 at 7:27 pm #

    Very nice post. And I absolutely agree that the time for sugarcoating is over. It seems people are more interested in their latest tv show instead of their rights and the health of our country. I take some comfort that there are like minded people out there that understand and will take action if necessary.

  17. john smith February 21, 2013 at 9:07 pm #

    Awesome statements. How do we get you in front of the “common man” who apparently votes for idiots.

  18. Frank Sharpe February 22, 2013 at 9:19 am #

    Me? …I’m not sure that’s my job. But I suppose a good start would be taking what I said, making it your own, and repeating it to everyone you come in contact with.

  19. DiMarco February 22, 2013 at 5:29 pm #

    Mr Frank Sharpe – You Sir stand on the shoulders of GIANTS,,, Our Founding Fathers and their wisdom as enshrined in to the Declaration and Constitution…

    Words have NEVER sounded more TRUTHFUL than theses words of wisdom and freedom. All FREE MEN & WOMEN can feel in their hearts the truth of the matter at hand…for those who hear this call to arms for liberty, I stand by your side and will support you in these times of peril where tyrannical interlopers violate our Lives, liberty and happiness.

  20. Troy Gower February 23, 2013 at 8:45 am #

    Thank you. An inspiring piece. I live in eastern Pa. Do you know of any defensive shooting schools in my area? I don’t own any rifles( I failed to get one before they went through the roof) but shotguns and pistols is a start.
    I was exposed to you thru Jack Spirko. Thanks again for your words

  21. Frank Sharpe February 23, 2013 at 5:42 pm #

    Troy, we’ll be offering a Level I Pistol in West Virginia on Sept 14/15. You should plan on joining us there!

  22. Tim June 4, 2013 at 9:40 am #

    Many of our good intentioned “leaders” stop short of saying what you have. There are multitudes of us ready and willing to step forward and face the onslaught but who will it be that rallies us. The forces that wish us harm will pick off small groups and individuals because we have no one we can unite behind. I hope your message reaches far and wide and that you continue to be vigilant and keep us informed. We need a Paul Revere and a George Washington to rally us who are willing.