"In truth, attempts to regulate the civilian possession of firearms have five political functions. They
(1) increase citizen reliance on government and tolerance of increased police powers and abuse;
(2) help prevent opposition to the government;
(3) facilitate repressive action by government and its allies;
(4) lessen the pressure for major or radical reform; and
(5) can be selectively enforced against those perceived to be a threat to government."
Raymond G. Kessler
Lawyer, sociologist, professor Dept. of Criminal Justice, Sul Ross State University
"Gun Control and Political Power", Law and Policy Quarterly, Vol. 5 (July) 1988, pp. 381-400
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Apparently America is picking up on this. Gun sales are through the roof with the coming election: http://freedomoutpost.com/2012/09/gun-sales-surge-the-bounce-obama-didnt-expect/
 -- J Carlton, Calgary     
    This is a mixed quote. 1. is true and desirable; compare the quality of life in a well regulated upscale suburban neighborhood and an inner city neighborhood with lax police presence. 2. Opposition to government is in the minds of the gun owner only, he has no real, physical means of opposing government. Real opposition is in the VOTE and through the COURTS. 3. I wish this guy could give some real life examples to back up this crap. 4. I have driven by Sul Ross State University in Alpine, Texas, I guess they do not teach spelling, "lesson" really, I think the sociologist meant "lessen". 5. Good we absolutely do not need those who are a physical threat to government, government rightly constituted is nothing more than "THE PEOPLE". Hey, that is you and I.
     -- Waffler, Smith     
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    Twisted garbage Waffler. When the Government of "You and I" decides it's a dictatorship...voting is about as effective as a fart in the wind. THAT is why the Founders had the wisdom to create the Second Amendment. And THAT is why Americans are buying guns, they can see the writing on the wall.
     -- J Carlton, Calgary     
    Waff , as usual you continue to prove that you are a left wing moron. J is absolutely correct about the effect of voting. It sure hasn't kept the idiots and radicals like Reid, Pelosi, and Obama out of Washington.
     -- jim k, Austin, Tx     
    I agree 100% -- and most gun owners understand as well. Waffler ever worships Statism and the police state. In those urban cities with gun control, you will find the most murders and crime -- but once DC's hand gun ban was struck down by the Supreme Court, crime dropped over 25% the first year and has continued since. Same for other cities. Gun control is people control -- and Waffler is all for people control.
     -- E Archer, NYC     
    Our apologies, the spelling error has been corrected. Thank you, Waffler, for bringing this to our attention.
    See: HERE.
     -- Editor, Liberty Quotes     
    A very good and accurate starting list.
     -- Mike, Norwalk     
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