JS-Kit/Echo comments for article at http://smallestminority.blogspot.com/2004/06/governments-criminals-and-dangerous.html (5 comments)

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jsid-1086816729-258470  Garvin at Wed, 09 Jun 2004 21:32:09 +0000

This is one of the best writings I have seen anywhere. Great job.

jsid-1086823023-258472  Kevin Baker at Wed, 09 Jun 2004 23:17:03 +0000

Thank you. These essays take some time. I'm glad somebody appreciates them!

jsid-1086975107-258487  John Anderson at Fri, 11 Jun 2004 17:31:47 +0000

"...but one peasant with a musket is a problem of a different order entirely."

Yeppers. And we are seeing that disarming the populace of even a representative-government state leads to tyranny. The UK's abolishment of firearms (and other weapons!) has lead to things such as Jack Straw saying that the non-binding plebiscite of Gibraltar residents about the proposed "sharing" of The Rock with Spain was "undemocratic." And Tony B wants to be President of the EU so badly that he recently announced if a vote went against formally joining the EU he would ignore it.

The correlation may not be direct (I think it is) but it certainly seems to be present.

jsid-1087189377-258515  Kim du Toit at Mon, 14 Jun 2004 05:02:57 +0000

"Guns in the hands of citizens means carnage and mayhem."

Statistically, that's not really true, unless you live in an urban poverty zone.

Now, if the .gov is a tyranny, then yes, armed citizens could well mean "carnage and mayhem".

Something they would do well to remember.

jsid-1087189674-258516  Kevin Baker at Mon, 14 Jun 2004 05:07:54 +0000

No, Kim, if people have guns, there will be carnage and mayhem by people with guns. Just as, if people have machetes...

Well, you get the point.

Some people are violent. If it's available, it'll be used.

And the point of the series is to remind .gov that armed people are not to be trifled with.

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