John Cinque, a Navy veteran and firefighter, has become the face of resistance to Connecticut’s blatantly unconstitutional “assault weapon” ban and registration requirements.

He has now penned an op-ed in the Courant that calls on the legislature to repeal the law… or else dare try to enforce it.

Properly viewed, all constitutions are laws that can establish contracts, according to “The Social Contract and Constitutional Republics” published by the Constitution Society. On taking an oath to support, protect and defend the Constitution, an official is bound to that contract. These contracts establish the ground rules for how the government is to deal with its the citizens.

When agents entrusted with the care and administration of the Constitution overstep their vested authority and abrogate the protected rights of the citizenry, they undermine the foundation for law — that act is criminal.

We the people have only two ways to deal with each other: reason or force. If you want me to do something for you, the choice is by reason of argument or by threat of force, said New Hampshire-based writer Marko Kloos. Our proclaimed defiance of Connecticut’s gun laws is not founded in contempt for the law, rather a love of justice and stability of law. Is a system of law which has been manipulated through emotional decision-making stable or just?

Those in government who choose to rule by fiat instead of by representing us have a choice to make: This choice is reason or force. The line is drawn and the people will no longer allow further encroachment of our natural rights. An armed society is a polite society. As long as the people remain armed, government knows that it cannot rule over the people by force. Those who stand in defiance of unconstitutional laws do so out of duty, honor, oath and love of country.

More than a year ago Cinque told Connecticut’s prohibitionist politicians that he would not comply with the state’s ban on assault weapons if it became law.

Cinque was later threatened by a police officer who said that he’d kick in Cinque’s door to come for his guns (that officer was placed on leave and became the focus of an internal investigation).

Cinque is one of an estimated 80,000-100,000 Connecticut gun owners affected by the law that has refused to comply with this unjust law.