Enemies Foreign and Domestic is about the conflict between two of the
world views that co-exist uneasily within the United States today. One side
believes that American gun rights are a dangerous anachronism, and that firearms
ownership should be strictly regulated and curtailed as much as possible by the
government. They desire to see all firearms registered with law enforcement
agencies, and many classes of firearms banned outright. The other side considers
the Second Amendment to be an unbreachable wall guarding the freedom of all
Americans from steadily encroaching government tyranny. The inability of these
two sides to understand one another is, in the author’s view, sowing the seeds
of future conflict and even violence in our society.
The firearms-intolerant side in America fails to appreciate that the God-given
right to keep and bear arms is a bedrock core belief for tens of millions of
Americans. This anti-firearms group seeks to elect those who will enact laws
that may cross the constitutional point of no return for those millions of
Americans who will not be disarmed without a violent struggle. In fact, many
believe that we are treading dangerously close to that condition today. The
Americans who cherish their belief in the Second Amendment will refuse to be
disarmed no matter what, just as blacks would violently disobey any new law
which sent them back into slavery.
The thesis of Enemies Foreign and Domestic is that cynical manipulators
who understand both world views could easily shape events to create a violent
crisis in America between the two camps. This could easily be done as depicted
in the Prologue, with a large-scale massacre blamed on a convenient scapegoat.
Therefore, the novel is also a warning to both sides: be extremely wary of
events tending to foster laws stripping Americans of their constitutional right
to keep and bear arms. No matter the provocation, genuine or contrived, millions
of Americans will not be disarmed without a violent struggle.
The society of gun-owning Americans is like a great lake: vast, deep and placid.
Their firearms are rarely seen above the lake’s surface from day to day, but
they exist in their countless millions just the same. It would be extremely
unwise to push the owners of millions of firearms past their boiling point with
unconstitutional laws depriving them of their right to keep and bear arms. The
unintended consequences of any resulting armed civil conflict would be tragic
for all Americans.
THE AUTHOR: Matt Bracken
Bracken was born in Baltimore, Maryland in 1957 and graduated from the
University of Virginia in 1979 with a degree in Russian Studies. He was
commissioned in the US Navy through the NROTC program at UVA, and then
graduated from Basic Underwater Demolition/SEAL training class 105 in
Coronado California. He served on east coast UDT and SEAL teams, taking a
Naval Special Warfare detachment to Beirut in 1983.
Mr. Bracken left active duty at the end of 1983 after completing
his obligated military service, but he remained in an active reserve
status through the remainder of the 1980s. Since then he has lived in
Florida, Virginia, South Carolina, Guam and California. In 1993 Mr.
Bracken finished building a 48 foot steel sailing cutter of his own
design, on which he has done extensive ocean cruising, including a solo
voyage 9,000 miles from Panama to Guam.
Matt is a self-described freedom addict who loves ocean
sailing above all for the pure freedom it often permits. He is a
constitutional hardliner who believes in the original intent of the
founding fathers of our country. Matt believes that the clear
interpretation of the Second Amendment is a pass-fail litmus test
regarding the state of freedom in America, and that we may be on the verge
of failing that test. He has worked as a welder, boat builder, sailboat
rigger, and charter boat captain. This is his first novel and he has at
least ten more waiting impatiently to be put on paper. He lives in the San
Diego area with his wife and two children.
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