"In the twentieth century the number of people killed by their own governments under authoritarian regimes is four times the number killed in all this century’s wars combined."
John Shattuck
(1943-) Assistant Secretary of State for Human Rights
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And most of those people killed had without a doubt, been disarmed. The government that controls the guns, controls everything.
 -- J Carlton, Calgary     
    J Carlton, right on target.
     -- jim k, Austin, Tx     
    JPFO "Innocents Betrayed"
     -- Michael Murray, Las Vegas     
    Reminds me of a line in Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn's "The Gulag Archipelago"... Something about how quickly Stalin's purges would have ended if each person being arrested had fired one bullet at their kidnappers...
     -- Matthew, People's Republic of California     
    This is the tendency of nationalist governments. Civilian disarmament guarantees totalitarianism.
     -- E Archer, NYC     
     -- George, Madison      
     -- Jim K, Austin      
    I'm not quite sure how to rate the accuracy of the quote  5 stars for the accuracy or a thumbs down for man's inhumanity to man. The occupying statist theocracy infesting this land is guilty of many / MANY assassinations for theocratical, winning court cases against the IRS, financial and other assorted reasons. A blood sport by the theocracy's local standing army (police) have also taken many lives (by example: a young / small black boy {reported to be 14?} was shot in the back several times while running away {he having harmed no one}). The U.S. has, up to date, been spared the wholesale slaughter that certain Asian, European and other demonic regimes of theocratic socialism have experienced.
     -- Mike, Norwalk     
    Peace, simply, begins at home.
     -- Fredrick William Sillik, Anytown     
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