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

Thursday, November 10, 2005

Speaking of Random Stop-and-Search...

Since I did just a few minutes ago in the post below, Bruce of mAss Backwards informs us that the Mayor of Boston is promoting the idea for his state. Instead of stopping vehicles near high-value terrorist targets, however, Mayor Menino wants random stop-and-search of vehicles crossing into the state to try to reduce the influx of handguns used in crimes.

As Bruce puts it,
Translation: I have no plan clue.
As one commenter quipped:
“The first random searches produced NO HANDGUNS” said a spokesman of the newly formed Securing Mass borders taskforce, “however we did find 4 cartons of Marlboros and a 6-pack of coke in no return bottles coming in from NH.”
In conjuction with Bruce's post, my previous post, and my post on the unfortunate cheerleaders below that one, I'd like to reiterate Ayn Rand's perhaps most famous quote of all:
There is no way to rule innocent men. The only power any government has is to crack down on criminals. When there aren’t enough criminals, one makes them. One declares so many things to be a crime that it becomes impossible for men to live without breaking the law. Create a nation of lawbreakers and then you can cash in on the guilt. Now that’s the system!

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