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

Saturday, January 23, 2010

Happy 155th B'day, JMB!

Happy 155th Birthday, John Moses Browning!

This is also the 101st anniversary of the Tottenham Outrage, which I posted about last year.

Given the fact that 2009 was a record-breaker for firearm sales in the United States (thanks Barry!), I'd say we're safe for at least a few more years from America following (formerly) Great Britain down the civilian disarmament path. And while Tam extolls JMB's classic M2 heavy machine-gun design, I have to give the nod to his timeless 1911 - a gun built by more manufacturers today than even the ubiquitous AK-47.

Someday that tank commander may have a pintle-mounted cyan-spewing 2-cm. tribarreled plasma cannon, but people will still be shooting Pepper Poppers with 1911s chambered in G_d's own .45ACP.

(Edited to change the JMB's age. He was born in 1855, not 1845. Thanks Chris.)

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