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

Friday, June 10, 2011

Quote of the Day - "Yes, Exactly" Edition

Jennifer asked her readers to explain "How did that happen? How did you become gunnies?" The answers have been fascinating. I've left my own tale in a post below this one, but today's QotD comes from Big Smart Human's story:
My husband & I discussed getting an NRA bumper sticker — not actually joining the NRA, mind you! Just having the bumper sticker on our car. We thought about what to do to make it appear that we are armed.

And then I realized: the way to appear armed is to be armed; the way to appear dangerous is to be dangerous.


That was three years ago. It has been a slow and steady escalation of knowledge, skill and firearms ever since.


Now I love the Second Amendment and fully understand why citizens may feel very wary about all this "reasonable gun control" blather certain folks like to throw around.

Now, in fact, I see myself as a citizen. Before guns, I never really thought about citizenship, beyond voting at every opportunity.

Along the way, the hardest lesson has been that I can trust myself.
EXACTLY! (All emphasis mine, all links in the quotation are mine also.)  What she describes is exactly what the Left fears most about an armed populace - that they can be an empowered, confident group of citizens that trust themselves, and can tell their self-annointed "betters" to go to hell.  She exemplifies what I've been writing about here for eight years now.

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