To be delivered to: Rep. Don Young (R- AK) and Wayne LaPierre, CEO of the National Rifle Association

“Rep. Don Young of Alaska, a member of the NRA's board, recently signed a "Letter of Declaration" calling for insurrection against the US government. We call on him to immediately re-swear his oath to our Constitution and repudiate the letter. Further, we call on the NRA’s Wayne LaPierre to publicly repudiate the letter and Young's signing of it.”


Background

You can see Congressman Young signing the document at the 3:00 mark:

 

On March 10, 2011, five members of the Second Amendment Task Force/Alaska Peacemakers Militia were arrested on charges of conspiracy to commit murder and kidnapping. The group, led by Francis “Schaeffer” Cox, 27, had stockpiled firearms and munitions and was planning to kill multiple Alaska State Troopers and a federal judge. Cox had previously stated that “our government is sliding into tyranny, a police state” and boasted that law enforcement authorities “know we’ve got ‘em outmanned and outgunned.” This is the man that Don Young is pledging support to in his Letter of Declaration.

A YouTube video was recently uncovered that shows Rep. Don Young (R-AK-At Large) signing an insurrectionist "Letter of Declaration" drafted by Cox on April 13, 2009.

The Declaration reads as follows:

Let it be known that we, the people of Alaska, stand in recognition of the true principle that whenever a government abandons the purpose for which we have created it and even becomes hostile towards that which it was once a defender of, it is no longer a fit steward of the political power that is inherent in the people and lent to this government with strict conditions. These conditions are clearly defined in the United States Constitution and understood by the common man.

Furthermore, to the extent that our government violates these conditions, they nullify their own authority, at which point it is our right and duty, not as subjects but as sovereign Americans, to entrust this power to new stewards who will not depart from the laws we have given them.

This being the case, let it be known that should our government seek to further tax, restrict or register firearms or otherwise impose on the right that shall not be infringed, thus impairing our ability to exercise the God-given right to self-defense which precedes all human legislation and is superior to it, that the duty of us good and faithful people will not be to obey them but to alter or abolish them and institute new government laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form as to us shall seem most likely to effect our safety and happiness.

The video also shows Rep. Young talking to members of the Second Amendment Task Force/Alaska Peacemakers Militia.  In response to the question, "If any government should decide that we have to register certain of our arms or turn them in, what would your recommendation be?" Young responds, "Don't do it ... I sincerely mean that, don't turn them in.”

The following is the oath of office required by the sixth article of the Constitution of the United States, which Rep. Don Young has taken on numerous occasions as a member of the U.S. House of Representatives:

I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; and that I will well faithfully discharge the duties of the office on which I am about to enter. So help me God.

The Constitution is the supreme law of the land and, while subject to amendment, it does not countenance insurrection or violence against the government.  In fact, one of the express powers in the Constitution (Article I, Section 8) is the ability of Congress to call out the Militia to suppress insurrections, not foment them.  By signing a document that countenances violence against the United States government, Representative Young has violated his oath “to support and defend the Constitution” and given comfort and support to its domestic enemies.

Therefore we call on Representative Young to immediately re-swear his oath to our Constitution and repudiate Cox’s insurrectionary “Letter of Declaration.”

As Rep. Young is also a longstanding board member of the National Rifle Association (NRA), we also call on the NRA’s executive leadership to publicly repudiate Cox’s “Letter of Declaration.”