"But to ban guns because criminals use them is to tell the innocent and law-abiding that their rights and liberties depend not on their own conduct, but on the conduct of the guilty and the lawless, and that the law will permit them to have only such rights and liberties as the lawless will allow. ... For society does not control crime, ever, by forcing the law-abiding to accommodate themselves to the expected behavior of criminals. Society controls crime by forcing the criminals to accommodate themselves to the expected behavior of the law-abiding."
"Who's Under Assault in the 'Assault Weapon' Ban?", American Rifleman, October 1994, p. 53; excerpted from the Washington Times, August 25, 1994
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Succinct, logical, and the very intent of those who carry arms for their own defense. A very valid argument.
 -- E Archer, NYC     
    Very well said.
     -- Mike, Mount Holly, NC     
    Probably the best explanation ever written regarding weapons, crime, law-abiding citizens, and responsibility. The Assault Weapon Ban is yet another example that our government doesn't work as the people want, but as their socialist tyranny demands.
     -- Joe, Rochester, MI     
    When it is illegal to own and carry weapons, only the criminals will own and carry weapons.
     -- Anonymous, Raleigh, NC     
     -- Anonymous, Reston, VA US      
    Well said.
     -- Logan, Memphis, TN     
    Cat got your tongue, Reston? Well, perhaps it is an exaggeration to claim that society forces criminals to accommodate themselves; but the idea is sound.
     -- David L Rosenthal     
     -- Mike, Norwalk     
    Can you find the liberal democrat among these ratings?
     -- Joe, Rochester, MI     
    Hi David/Joe... You noticed that strange silence from Reston too huh? Well, like they say "A conservative is a liberal that has been mugged." Then, suddenly things are clear and in perspective. (Guess he hasn't been mugged yet huh?) Funny thing though...they want armed body guards for themselves--they just don't want YOU to have them. Is that elitist or what?
     -- Michael , Houston, TX     
     -- Anonymous, Raleigh, NC      
     -- P.M., KS      
    When it is illegal to own and carry weapons, then I'll be a criminal.
     -- Ken, Allyn, WA     
     -- LBJ, Plymouth, MA      
    Greetings from Germany, this argument sounds so right for me! You can't change a tradition from one to the other day.
     -- Ben, Langensteinbach     
    It could not be said any better! The thumbs down speaks volumes to me that the liberals have a hard time conducting themselves in a civilized manner, unless the Government tells them to act a certain way. They do all speak the same rediculous, almost programmed comments.
     -- DJ, USA     
    Did you notice this on the "news" yesterday. The libs trotted out the unfortunate lady who was shot sometime ago in Arizona. Naturally she said that "something has to be done now". Liberals, being emotional , not logical, always use a pathetic person, or persons, to promote some hare brained scheme to "protect" us from ourselves. Communists like Diane Feinstein are always on the wrong side of liberty.
     -- jim k, Austin, Tx     
    "This year will go down in history. For the first time, a civilized nation has full gun registration. Our streets will be safer, our police more efficient, and the world will follow our lead into the future!" ~Adolph Hitler, 1935, on The Weapons Act of Nazi Germany
     -- Pete, Pensacola     
     -- JJ, PHX, AZ     
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