The Looming Crisis Over Gun Control
Master the Language of the 2nd Amendment Like a Lawyer:
- Learn the specific events and case law that lead us to today’s view of guns
- Dissect the history of commonly used militia firearms
- Find out who is considered our modern-day militia
- Consider the middle ground between gun rights and gun control
- Expand your knowledge on the politics of gun violence
- Speak intelligently with anyone on the subject of “common defense”
Why did you write the Gun Control Book?
Mr. Eakin, an attorney and Class 3 firearms dealer, just released his first print book, Showdown, which ties together two trends that, if they continue, will change a fundamental element of American freedom. That element, “the power of the sword” has steadily shifted from “the People” to the government throughout modern history. The shift has accelerated in the last forty years as “gun control” has combined with the decline of militia to move power away from citizens.
No other book has looked at history, law and firearms together to explain this change. Gun control and “gun violence prevention” efforts have reached a high level of conflict with “gun rights” and Second Amendment advocates since the Sandy Hook shooting. While the media no longer runs daily stories about guns, we still see related articles and programs on a regular basis.
The 2014 election season promises renewed efforts to influence gun laws by making candidates’ positions campaign issues. Organizations on all sides will probably spend millions on ads, direct mail, phone calls and other efforts. The high visibility push to restrict or eliminate firearms in the hands of civilians represents one aspect of the “change.”
The other involves the movement away from citizen soldiers to reliance on a professional military for security and the defense of freedom. The Federal take-over of the National Guard has gone largely unnoticed and so has the near elimination of armed state militia, now known as “Defense Forces” under Federal Law.
Many readers will consider the looming transfer of ultimate power from citizens to the government an appalling surprise, while others will have their worst fears confirmed. Those who prefer the primacy of government over its individual citizens will not like Showdown, because they would prefer a quiet transition to implement this “change,” without debating an amendment to the Constitution.
About the Author
Lenden Eakin has a legal background, military experience and firearms expertise. He has worked as an attorney in Virginia for thirty years and his practice includes firearms-related matters. Mr. Eakin’s military service in the Virginia Army National Guard gave him a first hand look at the transition of the Guard from state controlled Citizen Soldiers to part of the Federal “all volunteer” professional military. Lenden teaches firearms safety and marksmanship with instructor certifications from the NRA and Hunter Ed programs. He has a Federal Firearms License (FFL) with Special Occupational Tax (SOT) stamp for dealing in Class 3 items (machineguns). This sideline business has resulted in decades of experience as a national gun show exhibitor. Lenden’s law practice includes extensive experience with the Second Amendment and firearms related litigation matters. He has represented firearms dealers, owners and people accidentally injured by firearms. He also consults with other attorneys as an expert on firearms issues in criminal and civil cases.