Wednesday, August 10, 2005

Vermont: SWAT team show off: "A police SWAT team raided an apartment house after shots were fired Tuesday afternoon. ... Eyewitnesses said it all started when a man armed with a knife broke into the building and threatened one of the tenants. One woman -- who was inside the apartment at the time -- said the man refused to leave, so her ex-boyfriend shot him in self defense. The standoff that followed shut down several streets in the neighborhood while more than a dozen officers surrounded the building to search for weapons or shooters inside."

The real protectors of freedom: "Our framers decided that the natural right of each individual to own weapons, and to form a militia with his neighbors, was the best guarantor of freedom. Further, there is no provision in the Constitution for a permanent, standing army -- to the contrary, the framers considered a standing army a constant threat to liberty. That was the essence of the Second Amendment which recognizes the importance of the militia -- a reference to all able-bodied males who owned guns -- and the right of Americans to keep and bear arms. In short, a well-armed citizenry is more important than any army when it comes to the defense of liberty. For proof of this, look no further than the terrorist attacks of 9/11. The most powerful military in the history of civilization was unable to prevent the hijacking of four commercial airliners. One or two guns on each of those planes, however, could have saved 3,000 lives. And yet we continue to think that a Second Generation military is key to winning a Fourth Generation war."

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