JS-Kit/Echo comments for article at http://smallestminority.blogspot.com/2004/06/violence-and-social-contract-in.html (3 comments)

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jsid-1086625733-258444  Kevin Struemph at Mon, 07 Jun 2004 16:28:53 +0000

Very well stated. This is exactly the material that should be presented to secondary school kids (and higher) in civics class, but it has been traded for "Social Studies" because studying the diverse cultures of other countries is obviously much more important than thinking for ourselves and our way of life.

The only people who ponder what you've stated here are idealists, and we are being broadly painted as kooks and fanactics.

Keep up the good work. I enjoy reading your page.

jsid-1086644588-258445  Russell at Mon, 07 Jun 2004 21:43:08 +0000

"...and a de facto police state will exist."

If you want to create a police state, create a need for it.

And then feed the need.

jsid-1086933631-258479  pascal at Fri, 11 Jun 2004 06:00:31 +0000

The test of police efficiency is the absence of crime and disorder, not the visible evidence of police action in dealing with it.

Funny, but this sounds like a phrase I've often repeated when explaining -- or at least attempting to explain to the unenlightened -- the benefit of keeping guns in the hands of private citizens: a gun unfired is a gun well-used.

Maybe there is a better way to say it. This is your area of expertise, and not mine. But I know from first hand experiences that the very presence of a weapon more often than not precludes another victimization.

The bottom line for me, living as I have most of my life in a densely urban area, is that it is supremely obvious that the opportunistic criminal has far more common sense than the average believer in gun-elimination propaganda.

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