Saturday, March 8, 2014

Thought for the day

Killers kill.  If you can identify them and stop them, no one will die,... at least not at the hands of killers.  Our problem is that we cannot identify and stop killers.  
Those who would take firearms from citizens ignore two demonstrable facts: 1) having a firearm doesn't make one a killer, and 2) there are valid reasons for having a firearm (e.g. self defense and resistance to tyrants.)
The notion that only governments can handle firearms correctly has been shown time and time again to be wrong.  Armed Russian thugs assaulting the Ukrainian people shows this in our daily news dumps.


“False is the idea of utility that sacrifices a thousand real advantages for one imaginary or trifling inconvenience; that would take fire from men because it burns, and water because one may drown in it; that has no remedy for evils except destruction.  The laws that forbid the carrying of arms are laws of such a nature.  They disarm only those who are neither inclined nor determined to commit crime.”

           –Cesare Beccaria, as quoted by Thomas Jefferson

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