"The people of the various provinces are strictly forbidden to have in their possession any swords, bows, spears, firearms, or other types of arms. The possession of these elements makes difficult the collection of taxes and dues, and tends to permit uprising. Therefore, the heads of provinces, official agents, and deputies are ordered to collect all the weapons mentioned above and turn them over to the government."
Toyotomi Hideyoshi
(1536-1598) Japanese Chancellor of the Realm, preeminent daimyo, warrior, general and politician of the Sengoku period
as Shogun of Japan, August 29, 1558
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Welcome to Amerika.
 -- Mike, Norwalk     
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    The more things change the more they stay the same.
     -- jim k, Austin, Tx     
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    The Anti-guns should love Hideyoshi.

    Long-live the Second Amendment!
     -- Robert, Chatham, VA     
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    Well at least he's not trying to say it's about public safety like the progressives do...
     -- J Carlton, Calgary     
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    Good point, Carlton. The Japanese knew they were ruled, they had never been a free people. No need for double-speak, whereas in Amerika, the only reason such a dictate could not happen is because of the Constitution; hence the endless spinning of words and psycho-political jargon to further the cause of totalitarianism. Deception and confusion are the weapons of today, because the enemy is not a foreign power, but those with designs on yoking the entire populace -- and succeeding. The battle for the world has never ended. Playing god is as popular as ever!
     -- E Archer, NYC     
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