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

Sunday, May 15, 2005

Oh, THIS is GOOD!.

Ian Hamet at Banana Oil! issued a challenge on Friday that I just ran across. Ian's not normally a gunblogger, but his post is excellent. It begins:
If you favor gun control of any stripe, please read and attempt the following:
A well regulated Intelligentsia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and read Books, shall not be infringed.
Convince me, using only the text above,

* that this sentence does not guarantee an individual right, only a “collective” right; or

* that this sentence means that the only legitimate intelligentsia is the one controlled by government; or

* that this sentence allows the government to decide which books are safe and which are dangerous, and permits it to ban those it does not approve, and to dictate how all books under private ownership must be stored; or

* that this sentence permits the government to require the registration of all books and book owners.
Damn. I wish I'd written that. Read the conditions for responding, and definitely read the comments.

I hope I'll have more to say about a couple of the responses when I have more time (and a better connection.)

[And, interestingly enough, I saw it there BEFORE I read about it at Instapundit. The Puppy Blender does not yet rule the world.]

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