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One of my favorite quotes. (2 Parts) "It is often asserted that the world has made a great deal of progress since 1776, that we have had new thoughts and new experiences which have given us a great advance over the people of that day, and that we may therefore very well discard their conclusions for something more modern. But that reasoning cannot be applied to this great charter. If all men are created equal, that is final. If they are endowed with inalienable rights, that is final. If governments derive their just powers from the consent of the governed, that is final.
Fully Informed Jury Association
It seems to me that in a free country the ultimate goal would be to eliminate as many laws as possible. If you pay someone a six figure salary and give them the title of “lawmaker”, what do you expect? My answer is to give the House of Reps the title of "Anti-Lawmaker". Their primary job would be to prevent, eliminate, and challenge every law and regulation so that only those that are constitutional, reasonable, and necessary remain. Wouldn't it be refreshing to hear our representatives campaigning on how many laws they eliminated or prevented?
"Did you really think we want those laws to be observed? We want them broken…We're after power and we mean it. There's no way to rule innocent men. The only power government has is the power to crack down on criminals. Well, when there aren't enough criminals, one makes them." Ayn Rand (Atlas Shrugged)
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Guns and the President

Individualrights1st Wrote: Jan 24, 2013 12:01 PM
If we really want to save lives then we need to strengthen our laws and regulations to restrain by far the largest cause of unnecessary deaths throughout history - that would be governments.
I'm not a gun expert but I know even the most inexpensive Ruger .22 rifle comes standard with a 10 round (drum? barrel?)magazine. Can you even get a smaller magazine? If not then wouldn't these rifles be junk or illegal unless you can sell them on the black market to someone who doesn't care.
"Of all tyrannies a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victim may be the most oppressive. It may be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies. The robber baron's cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity may at some point be satiated, but those who torment us for our own good will torment us without end for they do so with the approval of their own conscience." C.S. Lewis
If he was aware you had a gun and was quite willing to use it because he provoked you and you would probably only get a slap on the hand from the law for shooting him, then he likely would have shown you more respect. They don't call it the great equalizer for nothing. Those type of men are cowards at heart. An armed society is a civil society.
While my government is using our tax money to heavily arm citizens (and terrorists) in other countries so they might be "free", they are working furiously away to disarm their own citizens. Why?
When Canty and Allen approached Goetz with their demand for five dollars, they knew nothing of Goetz's history and how the intense man, dressed in jeans and a windbreaker, would soon transform their lives. Three years earlier, Goetz had been mugged by three African-American young men and he had a permanently damaged knee to show for it. He resolved not to be a victim again and regularly carried a .38 revolver in his waistband.
Barry Allen, Troy Canty, James Ramseur and Darrell Cabey boarded the subway about 1:00 P.M. The boys, concealing screwdrivers, planned to visit a video arcade, where they hoped to steal quarters. Each of the boys, 18 or 19 years of age and high school drop-outs all, had a criminal arrest record. The other 15 to 20 passengers on the car, wary of the boisterous gang, moved toward the other end of the car. At the 14th Street station, Bernhard Goetz, age 37, entered the subway car and took a seat near the youths.
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