Tuesday, January 09, 2007

And so it begins ... again: "Karen Smith is one of America's heroes for gun rights, and I bet nobody remembers her, or what she did. Gun owners and gun rights advocates aren't going to get off that easy. I'm not going to disclose her story in this article as a way of making each and every reader more cognizant of the information available through a little research on the Internet, or at the local library. ... Karen Smith's place in the lexicon of the gun rights world was thrust upon her, she had no choice in that matter. Yet, when it came down to making the right decision, at the right time, she proved what gun rights advocates have claimed for years -- that law abiding citizens will do the right thing."

Anti-gun fanatics can't stand the truth: "Following a recent FBI report that the first half of 2006 saw an increase in violent crime, anti-gun rights organizations quickly moved to blame passage of concealed carry laws and other common sense reversals of 1990s gun control policies. There's a term for such a theory: preposterous. Across the country, experts have anticipated this crime increase for some time, because of the rising number of younger males in what researchers call the 'crime prone years' -- combined with a decrease in the number of jobs for unskilled workers and, perhaps most importantly, a return to the streets of gangsters who were imprisoned in the 1990s, and who have completed their sentences."

George Orwell on guns: "That rifle hanging on the wall of the working-class flat or labourer's cottage is the symbol of democracy. It is our job to see that it stays there. [George Orwell was himself a sergeant in Britain's Home Guard]

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