Liberty is an inherently offensive lifestyle. Living in a free society guarantees that each one of us will see our most cherished principles and beliefs questioned and in some cases mocked. That psychic discomfort is the price we pay for basic civic peace. It's worth it. It's a pragmatic principle. Defend everyone else's rights, because if you don't there is no one to defend yours. -- MaxedOutMama

I don't just want gun rights... I want individual liberty, a culture of self-reliance....I want the whole bloody thing. -- Kim du Toit

The most glaring example of the cognitive dissonance on the left is the concept that human beings are inherently good, yet at the same time cannot be trusted with any kind of weapon, unless the magic fairy dust of government authority gets sprinkled upon them.-- Moshe Ben-David

The cult of the left believes that it is engaged in a great apocalyptic battle with corporations and industrialists for the ownership of the unthinking masses. Its acolytes see themselves as the individuals who have been "liberated" to think for themselves. They make choices. You however are just a member of the unthinking masses. You are not really a person, but only respond to the agendas of your corporate overlords. If you eat too much, it's because corporations make you eat. If you kill, it's because corporations encourage you to buy guns. You are not an individual. You are a social problem. -- Sultan Knish

All politics in this country now is just dress rehearsal for civil war. -- Billy Beck

Monday, October 13, 2003

OK, I'm LIVID! has a court transcript of a hearing in the Seegars v. Ashcroft case where a suit has been brought to overturn the D.C. firearm ban. Stephen Halbrook, as lawyer for the Plaintiff isn't exactly trying to win on a Second Amendment basis. And though Dave Kopel recent wrote two NRO pieces slamming the non-NRA Silveira case on the basis that they're not taking the "slow-and-careful" approach and that the chief counsel for Silveira isn't a hot-shot NRA lawyer, Halbrook comes off pretty badly in the transcript IMHO.

If that's how the NRA is working to protect our Second Amendment rights, I want them off the job, and they're going to get a letter from me to that effect.

And the Silveira team is going to get a check.

Fuck 'em when the counsel for the NRA says:
Tell me that THAT quote won't show up in every anti-gun newsletter, publication, and website - and bet your ass it will end up on the Nightly News.

"We are here wanting to register handguns"???? Even IN context I cannot abide that statement.

UPDATE: Halbrook is the author of Registration: The Nazi Paradigm, which opens:
It would be instructive at this time to recall why the American citizenry and Congress have historically opposed the registration of firearms. The reason is plain. Registration makes it easy for a tyrannical government to confiscate firearms and to make prey of its subjects.
And concludes:
Individual criminals wreak their carnage on individuals or small numbers of people. As this century has shown, terrorist governments have the capacity to commit genocide against millions of people, provided that the people are unarmed. Schemes to confiscate firearms kept by peaceable citizens have historically been associated with some of the world's most insidious tyrannies. Given this reality, it is not surprising that law-abiding gun owners oppose being objects of registration.
And yet he could say what is quoted above?

And you wonder lawyers have such a bad name?

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