"We may be thankful that frightened civil authorities ... have not managed to eradicate from the country the tradition of the possession and use of firearms, that profound and almost instinctive tradition of Americans. Luckily for us, our tradition of bearing arms has not gone from the country, the tradition is so deep and so dear to us that it is one of the most treasured parts of the Bill of Rights -- the right of all Americans to bear arms, with the implication that they will know how to use them."
John Steinbeck
(1902-1968) Author, Nobel laureate
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They are becoming more brazen and less frightened all the time. They now buy hollow point ammunition by the billions, light tanks, drones, experiments in martial law...At what point does the Gadsden snake feel trod upon?
 -- J Carlton, Calgary     
    What is tis country coming to and will we ever come to. Our wonderful president came to Austin yesterday and put a snow job on some teachers and kids at a local, mainly black grade school. And , of course, blocked traffic for miles while his group drove in from the airport. Wish he would stay in Washington or Kenya where he belongs.
     -- jim k, Austin, Tx     
    Frightened civil authorities (the ones that enforce unconstitutional / unlawful: compelled compliance, license, victimless crimes, larceny with impunity [property & income tax, funny money, civil penalties for victimless crimes, etc.], social engineering by judicial legislation, non-ownership, and inflict a once free individual sovereign with despotism, tyranny, fear, false flags, and a malignant totalitarianism) ? What has gone from a once free representative republic of individual sovereigns is the concept of "SHALL NOT BE INFRINGED".
     -- Mike, Norwalk     
    Frederic Bastiat:
    "If every person has the right to defend -- even by force -- his person, his liberty, and his property, then it follows that a group of men have the right to organize and support a common force to protect these rights constantly. Thus the principle of collective right -- its reason for existing, its lawfulness -- is based on individual right. And the common force that protects this collective right cannot logically have any other purpose or any other mission than that for which it acts as a substitute. Thus, since an individual cannot lawfully use force against the person, liberty, or property of another individual, then the common force -- for the same reason -- cannot lawfully be used to destroy the person, liberty, or property of individuals or groups. "
    ~ Frederic Bastiat
     -- J Carlton, Calgary     
    I find the dividing line of most political ideologies to be urban vs. rural in nature. They have different expectations from 'society.' Most of the anti-gun crowd are urbanites, and prohibitions on guns in cities with large populations were mostly put in place to keep the power out of the hands of the lower classes who were oppressed by the 'aristocracy.' In rural settings, the gun was a necessity for survival -- those who have had to defend their land and their lives with a gun know full well their necessity. Learning to shoot is traditional in rural America but not in urban areas, and conversely, those growing up in urban areas have been conditioned by schools and municipality to 'not take the law into your own hands' and give in to armed robbers and obey armed police. It is hard to impose unwanted regulations when the populace is armed.
     -- E Archer, NYC     
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