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, April 12, 2005

Perhaps the Momentum Really Has Shifted.

There have been a couple of stories lately on how the reaction to the recent "spree" shootings in Atlanta and Red Lake have resulted in unusual (from a historical perspective) reactions; a call for arming teachers and administrators by the NRA that wasn't immediately and loudly shouted down by all "right-thinking" people, a call for allowing judges and prosecutors to carry concealed in the courtroom, etc. There was a recent editorial protesting that the "humanitarian aid" to Darfur ought to include some guns so that the people being slaughtered could defend themselves. It included this classic line:

" Darfur is one more reminder that gun control is genocide's best friend."


Congress may actually pass the "Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms" act this session. Nebraska may become the next "shall-issue" state. New Mexico is loosening its restrictions on CCW and looking at reciprocity, and its govenor signed the bill at the NRA's Raton shooting facility. After four safe years of "shall-issue" concealed-carry, Michigan is looking at allowing permit holders to carry in churches, hospitals, and schools. Florida has overwhelmingly passed a "no duty to retreat" law. A Wisconsin prosecutor showed remarkable restraint in the case of an Arkansas man who defended himself with a handgun he carried, illegally, in his vehicle. He will not be charged. The op-ed includes this:
It's not legal to carry a concealed weapon here, which many of you know because it's become one of those debates that are rallying cries for partisan groups.

The side that wants Wisconsin to consider adopting a concealed-weapons law - which most in law enforcement oppose - can point to the Goins case as a perfect example of why it's needed.

Because Goins possessed the determination to protect himself - and a convenient handgun under his seat - he gets to return to his family and friends in Arkansas instead of having them make a sad journey to Milwaukee to claim his remains.

The Associated Press (!) published an op-ed on concealed-carry laws that includes this line:

Violence this year - from courthouse shootings in Atlanta and Tyler, Texas, to the school killings at Red Lake, Minn., the most deadly since Columbine - has spurred something far different: that if the victims had weapons, they might not be victims.
Mr. V.O. Goins of Arkansas can attest to that fact.

This is not to say that gun control activists have rolled up their carpets and gone home. Hardly, but it's surprising (at least to me) to see so much support in the media and in the legislatures finally. It appears that the public is finally waking up and getting vocal, and the gun-controllers are getting desperate.

Now Arizona's govenor, Janet Napolitano, has signed legislation that will allow an elective gun safety class for public schools, that includes actual range time and familiarization with .22 rifles!

Will wonders never cease?

Words of wisdom, however: "Don't get cocky!"

And don't let up.

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