"All and everybody,
this is my claim,
fifty feet on the gulch,
cordin to Clear Creek District Law,
backed up by shotgun amendments."
wooden post during California gold rush, c. 1849, Quoted in John Umbeck, "Might Makes Rights: A Theory of the Formation and Initial Distribution of Property Rights", Economic Inquiry, Vol. 19 (January 1981), p. 50; from C. Shinn, Land Laws of Mining Districts (John Hopkins University Press, 1984), p. 558.
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Here is a man willing to protect what is his under the law. Extreme? Perhaps. But I don't plan to jump his claim! Think about Native Americans ... the U.S. cavalry had the guns and killed or ran off the Indians to steal their lands.
 -- Joe, Rochester, MI     
    More wild west examples... not a proud or mature source to pull from... children, when will they grow up (never it appears).
     -- Anonymous, Reston, VA US     
    Self reliance, self protection, individual responsibility. Sounds very mature and grown up. Something a communist who needs the nannystate to think for him, decide for him and protect him will never understand. if that is what your twisted mind calls growing up... DAMNED Straight NEVER! From my cold dead hands...
     -- helorat, Milton     
    And that is the way it is, like it or not.
     -- E Archer, NYC     
    I'll bet that sign worked better than a "gun free zone" sign.
     -- Ken, Allyn, WA     
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