"When you disarm your subjects, however, you offend them by showing that either from cowardliness or lack of faith, you distrust them; and either conclusion will induce them to hate you."
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Niccolo Machiavelli
(1469-1527) Italian Statesman and Political Philosopher
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The Prince
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 -- Mike, Norwalk      
Exactly right. Gun control isn't about guns...it's about control.
 -- J Carlton, Calgary     
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    J summed it up.
     -- jim k, Austin,Tx     
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    jim k, here's my favorite..."Gun Control: The absurd theory that a woman found dead in an alley, raped and strangled with her own panty hose, is somehow morally superior to a woman explaining to Police how here attacker recieved a fatal gun shot wound"...She may be "morally superior" but she is nonetheless...Dead!
     -- J Carlton, Calgary     
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    My 3 stars (less than 5 for the accuracy of the first part of the quote) was for the conclusion that disarmed individuals necessarily will hate. I may be frustrated at the ignorance of control freaks or, the despotic need to nullify any opposition or threat to the power mongers or, I may feel a certain sorrow or pity for for those that do not comprehend freedom or liberty, but hate, is probably one of the least emotions attributable to said scenario.
     -- Mike, Norwalk     
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    When it comes to disarming the populace, there is no room for political correctness -- I do not think 'hate' is too strong a word -- afterall, the intention is to make us slaves of the state, and a more hateful purpose I cannot fathom.
     -- E Archer, NYC     
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     -- Tarkan, Haugesund,Norway      
    J Carlton, a victim is in no way morally superior to a defender. If there is any moral superiority at all, I would place it with the defender. The defender aided in bringing justice to the attacker and possibly prevented a future crime.
     -- Publius, USA     
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    To Mike. You may not hate to begin with, but I have all ideas you would eventually come to that. As Jim K. said, it's all about control. Men yearn to be free and will eventually revolt, maybe not in the middle ages, but definitely now.
     -- Carol, Georgia     
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    Publius, I get that. That's the point of the definition...:)
     -- J Carlton, Calgary     
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     -- Anonymous      
    J Carlton, yes, I understood your position and your point. I just wanted to expand on the idea.
     -- Publius, USA     
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