Wandering across the Internet a few days ago, I stumbled across a post called, “The Jews in the Attic Test”. It was a post by a gay activist who was involved in firearms training for the Seattle gay community (actually LGBT, for those of you who are a bit more knowledgeable than I about these things). His group was called “Cease Fire”, and predated the “Pink Pistols”, which replaced it.
This gentleman was simply trying to help his community become safer and better able to protect themselves, mostly from those who specifically targeted the LGBT community, but toward self-defense in general. In the course of his activities, he was trying to raise the consciousness of the people in his group concerning laws that have been or might be written. He developed a yardstick to measure them by for their impact which he called his “Jews in the Attic Test”, referring to how they would affect your ability to protect a targeted group from a tyrannical government bent on imprisoning or killing them. In his case, the group might be gays, were that choice outlawed, as were the Jews. We can also extrapolate this onto those in the Liberty movement, or perhaps gun owners, if Schumer, Feinstein, Lautenberg, Bloomberg, Obama and other socialist cretins got their way.
[Allow me to digress for just a moment. When Diane Feinstein was mayor of San Francisco, she pushed very hard to have all residents of S.F. turn in their handguns, in order to make the city a “safer” place to live. At the very time she was pushing for this, and telling her constituents that there was no reason for them to own a handgun, she had six of them registered in her name. I know this for a fact, as I saw them on the screen of a computer connected to the California State computer system that covered concealed weapons permits and gun registration. I worked for the California Highway Patrol at the time, and one of the dispatchers had run her name for “weapons registered to”. Typical socialist elite hypocrisy.]
So here is the gist of this fellow’s post:
One of the discussions we had amongst ourselves as we walked from shop to shop was how to explain to others how important our right to keep and bear arms was to our freedom. People tend to understand the importance of freedom of speech and the freedom of the press pretty well and some of the other rights guaranteed by the Bill of Rights. But the Second Amendment was and is viewed as unimportant and perhaps even counterproductive by many in today's society.
I explained to the others in my little band of activists that I looked at all laws that restricted freedom with a view to the impact it would have in a worst case scenario of our government run amok. Will this law make it difficult or impossible to protect innocent life from a government intent on their imprisonment or death?
Although I pretty much made everything up on the spot I told them I called this test my "Jews In The Attic Test". Furthermore I told them that if it fails this test no further discussion is really needed, the law must be opposed in the most vigorous manner possible.
Some laws that fail the test and why:
Government mandated ID cards and the authority to demand them at any time. The
oppressed class will be unable to masquerade as a member of the neutral or oppressor
Searches without probable cause. Imagine you are attempting to smuggle your "Jews in the
attic" to a safer hiding place. If the police at the roadblock can search all vehicles then you and
your precious cargo are headed to the "work camps".
Government monopoly on medical care. This is a bit surprising -- isn't it? If it is illegal for
you to pay someone for anonymous health care then how can your "Jews in the attic" receive
Firearm or firearm owner registration. The registration information can be used to
confiscate the firearms used to protect innocent life -- as it was under the 1938 Weapons
Control Act in Nazi Germany.
Elimination or severe restriction of anonymous financial transactions. The purchase of
food and other supplies for your "Jews in the attic" would show up in the records as being
excessive compared to what your needs were. Just as power consumption records are used
today to catch home marijuana growers.
I continue to use this test to this day and advocate its widespread use by others.
Last update: February 11, 2009
Others on the Internet have posted this info, but we need a reminder as we face increased oppressive legislation at this time. Passage and signing of the NDAA in the past few days means that every American citizen is now at risk, but this legislation can, and may, be used to target groups that our government deems undesirable.
Groups such as veterans who support Ron Paul, which DHS has already described as “domestic extremists”. Groups such as members of LDS (Mormons who are required by their religious beliefs to stock a year’s supply of basic foods and other necessities*) or anyone else who stocks supplies of food and other sundries - as encouraged by FEMA as protection against natural disasters or other unforeseen events, but whom the government now views as possible terrorists.
Any group vilified by the cretins at the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC), who have appointed themselves as “watchdogs” of “domestic terrorist groups” - any group they do not like - the SPLC has been accepted by law enforcement as a legitimate source of such information, in spite of the fact that their choices are completely motivated by their political (socialist) leaning and not by any resemblance to reality.
So, think about the groups that could become the new “Jews in the Attic” in our current political climate, and in light of the accelerating push towards full socialism that are country is being subjected to by the current administration and Congress. And if you find yourself sitting there smugly, thinking, “Well, I’m not like those people,” remember what the minister wrote about the National Socialist (Nazi) round-up of people during the Holocaust and WWII: “When they came for the Jews . . . “
* It should be noted here, for the education of those who think the LDS is nothing but a “cult”, that the most common use of these supplies in the LDS church is when a member finds themselves unemployed, or in extremis due to serious health or financial issues. These families then at least have food and the basic necessities covered so that they do not have to choose between signing up for government welfare or starving their children and themselves. The LDS church also provides in other ways for their members when they fall upon hard times, but it then requires them to work within the church in exchange for that help, at their canneries, food outlets, or other facilities. A protocol that our government could certainly learn from.