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

Monday, February 11, 2008

Quote of the Day.

From this PSH story linked to by many concerning a "buy-back" (how can they "buy back" what they never sold in the first place?) in which anti-gun California State Senate President pro-tem Don Perata "sold back" a .357 Magnum revolver, but admits he keeps a shotgun at home for protection.

But what's the QotD? This:
Perata introduced the program last month at a news conference outside the Piedmont Avenue piano store where 10-year-old Christopher Rodriguez was hit during a piano lesson by a stray bullet fired during a nearby robbery. He was left partially paralyzed.

"What happened to Christopher is sad," said Perata. "Guns are causing this kind of violence everywhere, and we have to stop it."
So long as you keep misidentifying the cause, you're never going to stop it.

There's a second interesting part to this story, as well. Perata turned in his revolver but,
He said he had a permit to carry a concealed handgun until it lapsed a few years ago.
Must be nice to be connected. However:
In December, a gun-wielding man robbed Perata of his sporty state-leased car at a red light in North Oakland.

"Nothing brings it home like having a gun pointed 6 inches from your face," he said.
Right. Well, at least you've made sure you can't defend yourself on the street, so if "giving them what they want" isn't enough...

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