"Of course, the proponents of political tyranny are usually well-motivated. Those who enacted the gun-registration law in California point to criminals who have used semiautomatic weapons to commit horrible, murderous acts. But the illusion -- the pipe dream -- is that bad acts can be prevented by the deprivation of liberty. They cannot be! Life is always insecure. The only choice is between liberty and insecurity, on the one hand, and insecurity and enslavement on the other. The true patriot scrutinizes the actions of his own government with unceasing vigilance. And when his government violates the morality and rightness associated with principles of individual freedom and private property, he immediately rises in opposition to his government. This is why the gun owners of California might ultimately go down in history as among the greatest and most courageous patriots of our time."
by:
Jacob G. Hornberger
American author, journalist, politician, founder and president of the Future of Freedom Foundation
Source:
Gun Control, Patriotism and Civil Disobedience, Pamphlet published by International Society for Individual
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Registration is a the precursor to confiscation (it has no other purpose). And if we look at history, confiscation is the precursor to genocide.
 -- J Carlton, Calgary     
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    Recent history shows that the Nazis used gun registration to eventually confiscate the registered guns and execute their owners.
     -- E Archer, NYC     
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    Extremely well said ! I was in LA during a riot when certain individuals guarded their and their neighbor's property from roof tops and anywhere else they could - heavily armed (semi-auto, auto, and more) The fascist police would not do anything about it.
     -- Mike, Norwalk     
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