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Owning a Gun by Charley Reese
As one might expect of a man so brilliant, Thomas Jefferson had the perfect answer to modern politicians itchy to disarm the ordinary citizen.
"Laws that forbid the carrying of arms … disarm only those who are neither inclined nor determined to commit crimes. … Such laws make things worse for the assaulted and better for the assailants; they serve rather to encourage than to prevent homicides, for an unarmed man may be attacked with greater confidence than an armed man."
This is an entry in his Commonplace Book, dated sometime between 1774 and 1776.
Can anyone argue against his logic? Criminals are by definition lawbreakers and don't obey gun-control laws. It will be no consolation to you that police may later charge the man who murdered you with the additional crime of possession of a firearm by a felon. That won't buy you a ticket out of the cemetery. You're history.
The right to keep and bear arms was enshrined in the Constitution by the dead old white guys. They knew that the only true check on bad government was the armed citizen. They were also keenly aware of human nature and that there were, are, and will always be two legged and four legged threats to human life. I love the quip "God made men and women; Sam Colt made them equal".
Those that urge "gun control" are really advocating "victim disarmament". When they rail against cheap guns, they are merely denying the poor the right to defend themselves. When you hear "Saturday Night Special", recognize it for the racist epithet of the Klan. When you read the Gun Control Act of 1968, compare it to the Nazi gun control act. It's almost identical. Gun control is stupid idealism. As Heinlein wrote "An armed society is a polite society". Very polite! Any time some one says "gun control", I want you to visualize the poor minority cleaning woman traveling home on the NYC subway at 4am after working all night. Would you deny her safe conduct? Not me. And, I really don't think she make a mistake between a threat and the other passengers MYOBing along home or work as well. It would behoove the miscreants to be careful around women traveling alone late at night. And, that woman wouldn't necessarily have to be packing to get the benefit of concealed carry. Her fellow travelers would be more likely to come to her aid if they were armed. And even if they didn't, you have created substantial doubt in the criminal's mind. Think Dirty Harry. Are you feeling lucky? Pick wrong and you may get introduced to Paxton Quigley, Massod Ayoad, or a member of the Pink Pistols.
Those that urge "gun control" want us to put our physical safety in the gubamint. The Post Office will protect you. Right! Ever notice that the police are more like the clean up squad. They come and take reports. Lots of them come long after the threat is gone, the evil deed is done, and the bodies are cold. How many crimes actually get "solved"? Like the popular bumper sticker quip "Dial 911 and die!", we'd rather survive. And we rather our fellow citizens have the same chance.
Those that urge "gun control" are telling us we are too stupid, too weak, or too feeble to protect ourselves, our families, our neighbors, and our country. Who do they think built this country? The government? Don't make me laugh. Ask the Native American Indians about the benevolence of the gubamint. Ask the Japanese American citizens "interned" in WWII. Ask the children at Waco.
Think it can't happen here and now? Then look at the Halburton prison camps being built now. Look at the various checkpoints. Look at the abuses of the War on Drugs, War on Terrors, and the War on Whatever (Fill in what is hot this week).
An armed citizen or disarmed slave?
Television producer Aaron Spelling dies
Saturday, June 24, 2006 Posted: 0308 GMT (1108 HKT)
LOS ANGELES, California (AP) — Aaron Spelling, a onetime movie bit player who created a massive number of hit series, from the vintage "Charlie's Angels" and "Dynasty" to "Beverly Hills 90210" and "Melrose Place," died Friday, his publicist said. He was 83.
I think that the dead old white guys had this vision for the American Experiment. You can be what you want to be. In the pressure cooker of true poverty, diamonds emerge. It's a shame that the Republican and Democrat Socialists don't see the beauty of dreams fulfilled. Of obstacles over come. Of doing it yourself. No Nanny Government will make it all ok as long as you eat the gruel being served. And Father State will be you daddy telling you what you can and can't do. It's for the children. Like the human race wouldn't have survived without the Government. Remember governments kill their citizens should they dare to be free. AND, the government "kindness" just kills you a little slower. I wasn't a big fan of 90210 and its ilk. Didn't believe in the "beautiful" and "rich" people! Everyone I know has flaws. Even me. (Shocked?) But in reading about what he had to overcome to be Tori's Dad, I am impressed. Perhaps to have the drive to succeed greatly one needs the poverty, the discrimination, and the angst? Don't know that but do know that the man accomplished things.
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* Forefront: Am I Missing It?
At Tech.Ed several Forefront security team leaders attended and
spoke to journalists and analysts. Some of these reported that
enterprise customers like Microsoft jumping into the security
market. Others were doubtful. A quick SunPoll among system admins
shows that almost 50% do not trust Microsoft at all with their
I think it's ironic that Microsoft can make an insecure Operating System and then sell people things to make it secure. What are techies stupid? Add on the fact that you want checks and balances. You don't want to put all your eggs in one basket. Does anyone remember Microsoft's security server?
Nope, not for this fellow. I'm moving to Linux and Open Source. Where possible, I recommend it to Enterprise types. Nealy had it right "the network is the computer". Every computing platform has to protect itself. We've turned the world model inside out in that there is no hard shell around a soft core. You want security in Microsoft systems then you have to air gap them.