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

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

This is Where Gun Control Comes From

At least it is here in the U.S.

Expanding on Clayton Cramer's seminal paper The Racist Roots of Gun Control, Michael Menkus of has authored a paper on the state of Georgia's gun control history, entitled DISARM THE NEGROES: The Racist Roots of Gun Control (a PDF file.) Illustrated with images of period newspapers, deeply researched and footnoted, it's worth your time.

Some time back I was trading comments with a European on someone else's site. He was aghast at the "lax laws" here, and protested that "guns are extremely dangerous!" or words to that effect. I believe my response was "Yes they are. That's why we shouldn't entrust them only to criminals and governments. But I repeat myself."

In Europe gun control developed out of a fear of anarchists and communists, and it didn't begin until about the turn of the 20th Century. Here, however, gun control grew out of a fear of the people our nation oppressed - people who quite often outnumbered their oppressors, and the legacy of that oppression has twisted and distorted our legal system for over 140 years.

The Supreme Court now has an opportunity to untwist a bit of that. I hope they take it.

But I don't think they will.

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