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

Tuesday, November 11, 2003

One More Example: Gun Control Only Disarms the Victims

AlphaPatriot has the story from Papua New Guinea of a horrible home invasion.
A horrific attack on a family in Port Moresby has prompted calls for Papua New Guineans to be granted the right to arm themselves against murderers and rapists.

In an incident that shocked a city accustomed to a high level of violence, 10 drunken bandits last week attacked a family home, murdering a man who tried to protect his wife and two daughters, aged nine and 13.

The woman and her daughters were forced to watch as their father was shot and chopped up with an axe.

The three were then dragged outside and pack-raped.

The wife said the criminals then placed her husband's body in their bed and set fire to the house.
" be granted the right to arm themselves...."

In 1857 the Supreme Court of the U.S. said that, among the "privileges and immunities" of American citizens was the right to "keep and carry arms wherever they went." But that decision said that blacks therefore couldn't be citizens.

The right to be armed for "lawful purpose" was, as the Supreme Court said in its U.S. v Cruikshank decision of 1875: "This is not a right granted by the Constitution. Neither is it in any manner dependent upon that instrument for its existence." But that decision made it perfectly legal for the states to strip certain American citizens of that right, because it left: "the people to look for their protection against any violation by their fellow-citizens of the rights it recognizes....". Our fellow citizens didn't protect that right, and neither did our Federal courts.

That right was never protected in Australia or any of its possessions, and now the people there are seeing the result of having that right legally stripped. As AlphaPatriot remarks, the attackers didn't need a gun. They had overwhelming force on their side even without one.


The law-abiding have a snowball's chance of getting "the right to arm themselves against murderers and rapists" back if they're going to wait on the State to give it to them.

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