"It is both illogical and inconsistent for a government to say people have a right to life and a right to self-defense but no right to own the tools necessary to defend their lives. It is illogical for a government that says its police have no obligation to provide individual protection to deny people the means to protect themselves. It is immoral for a government that repeatedly releases predators to prey on people to tell those victims they cannot have a weapon for self-defense. It’s stupid for a government that can’t control criminals, drugs or illegal immigrants to claim it can take guns away from criminals only if honest folks will give up theirs. Gun-control proposals are also an insult. Gun control by definition affects only honest people. When a politician tells you he wants to forbid you from owning a firearm or force you to get a license, he is telling you he doesn’t trust you. That’s an insult. The government trusted me with a M-48 tank and assorted small arms when it claimed to have need of my services. It trusts common Americans with all kinds of arms when it wants them to go kill foreigners somewhere—usually for the financial benefit of some corporations. But when the men and women take off their uniforms and return to their homes and assume responsibility for their own and their families’ safety, suddenly the politicians don’t trust them to own a gun. This is pure elitism. ... Gun control is not about guns or crime. It is about an elite that fears and despises the common people."
Charley Reese
(1937-2013) American syndicated columnist
Orlando Sentinel, March 31, 1994.
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Brilliant, logic and truth together.
 -- Peter, Bridgetown     
    ditto Peter ! So many parts of this statement could take on a life of their own. For example; licensing. In a representative republic, a natural law jurisdiction such as was the several States and States united and the de jure nation defined by the Constitution, government licensing could / can not exist (by definition or any other way). The occupying statist theocracy infesting this land has nothing to do with logic, truth, what is right or anything moral - zealot canon enforcement is all that is recognized by controllers of the public psyche.
     -- Mike, Norwalk     
    Charley is exactly right.
     -- jim k, austin tx     
    Bravo! Beautifully said!
     -- E Archer, NYC     
    Industrial military complex. The Big Game of Global dominance. Wars make money. Unsustainable population growth and consumption of natural resources. Drinking water being the key element in middle east countries. As with the depletion of and contamination of our ground water within America. War seems the only inevitable outcome. Ideological discussions of difference and law logic will not bridge the gap. Smoke screens and mirrors. The ACLU, Islamist extremism, Qadesh Fabian atheistic socialism within our Nation. As I was told years ago by a leading scientist . Hydrologist. The war will be over water. The Quote, accurate observation. " Most always for financial benefit of the military industrial complex and its siblings." The Elite and their stock holders. Guns, food and water. This is global.
     -- Ron w13, Or     
     -- Warren Jolly, Australia      
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