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, March 04, 2005

Quote of the Week.

From a week ago, and why I didn't do it then is beyond me. Critical Mastiff put up an outstanding post, The Gun Thing which was featured in last week's Carnival of Cordite. I even left a comment to that effect. I know I planned to post on this quote, but forgot. I'm fixing that now. (Also adding him to the blogroll under Gun / Rights blogs.)

One of the recurring themes here at TSM is the fundamental difference in philosophies between those who recognize "violent and predatory" versus "violent but protective," and those who see only violence versus non-violence. The concluding paragraph of Critical Mastiff's post expresses eloquently why this is such an important thing to me and to him and to people like us:
(W)e must not forget that when we fight for the right to bear arms, we are not only fighting for a physical tool. We are fighting to determine the very character of the American mindwhether we want our children to grow up fearing power, or using power to fight evil.
Precisely. And it's a worthy fight.

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