However, the delusion that firearms somehow protect us from government tyranny, is a rampant fallacy.
It's also highly ironic (not you of course) that often those most in favor of guns to "protect" us from the govt. are the one's who can't fathom why we shouldn't spend so much on "defense."
This issue is like every other issue open for public discussion in America: It skirts the most superficial aspects of the topic to benefit the lowest common denominator. Ah, Democracy!
I for one am not a "gun-grabber." Because I don't think it would do any good. Specifically, because I'm willing to concede that the reason for gun violence is an inherent proclivity we have as a nation.
That said, I do think certain common-sense laws, that don't infringe on the right to possess, could curb some violence. Specifically, waiting periods, background checks, and a better registry.
I am finishing a book that reminds me of you. One of the character is given to diatribes of the watercannon variety. The book is So Much for That
I think you told me once you weren't a big fiction reader but for a more relaxing bit, this writer is excellent.
Ok, back to the snow!!!!!
Interestingly enough, however, a good number of the folks that promulgate that argument (the highlighted) are the same ones that have no problem with empowering government when it comes to the tyrannical stripping away of rights of others.
Political will is one thing. The results on the battlefield are another.
Both sides, but particularly the right imo, are guilty of this. Small govt. doesn't mean what it used to.Interestingly enough, however, a good number of the folks that promulgate that argument (the highlighted) are the same ones that have no problem with empowering government when it comes to the tyrannical stripping away of rights of others.
"Give me examples of guns being confiscated from people who haven't broken any laws"
The insidious moving of the goal posts by the governmentistas is what is rearing its ugly head. Agreed upon exemptions suddenly become 'loopholes' and other similar approaches are replete.
In my younger days (aka back when I was a young'in) I read quite a bit of fiction. These days, however, my reading list is more akin to Vehicle Crash Mechanics, Nonlinear Finite Elements for Continua and Structures, A Concise Introduction to the Mechanics of Rigid bodies, Root Causes of Terrorism and Markov Processes, Semigroups and Generators.
Guns are merely a tool that employ some basic tenets of mechanics and chemistry. Nothing more and nothing less. Humans as a species are not so far removed from nature as to make violence an anomaly. Violence is inherent to the human.
'Common sense' (another catchphrase) is in the eye of the beholder.
The US will be leaving Afghanistan with its goals unfulfilled while the insurgency will have succeeded in driving out the US (aka the US having its arse handed to it).O people!* * The viciousness of the Russian soldier is twice that of the American soldier.* *If the Americans suffer one tenth of the casualties the Russians suffered in Afghanistan and Chechnya, they will flee and never look back.* * That is because the current structure of the American and Western armies is not the same as their structure during the colonial era.** They have reached a stage of effeminacy that makes them unable to sustain battles for a long period of time, a weakness they compensate for with a deceptive media halo.
There are a very small number of people that actually stand for the principal of individual liberty.
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