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Both oligarch and tyrant mistrust the people, and therefore deprive them of arms.
There is a war going on between law enforcement and privacy, and privacy is losing.
Feb. 22, 2001 - from "Technology Widens Privacy War", published by Creators Syndicate Inc.
Clinton, William Jefferson
Once again, the gun lobby and its allies in the leadership of Congress are standing in the way of real progress. We battle not just for the safety of our families, but for the soundness of our democracy.
There is no simple correlation between guns and crime. We hear endlessly about America, where guns can be had nearly on demand, and where the murder rate per capita is 11.3 times [England's]. We hear little about the trends behind these statistics - how between 1900 and 1930, the possession of handguns remained stable, and the murder rate rose tenfold; how between 1937 and 1963, handgun ownership rose by 250 per cent, and the murder rate fell by 35.7 per cent; how between 1968 and 1985 handgun ownership rose by another 250 per cent, and the murder rate fell by another 10 per cent.
Nov. 1991 - from "The Lesson of Killeen", published in
Ordinary citizens don't need guns, as their having guns doesn't serve the State.
This year will go down in history. For the first time, a civilized nation has full gun registration! Our streets will be safer, our police more efficient, and the world will follow our lead into the future!
There are twenty thousand gun laws already on the books, seventeen of which were violated by the Columbine killers. What would one more law accomplish that these twenty thousand could not, especially one that would merely mandate background checks on buyers at gun shows, as the new one did? Is there any evidence that these shows are the sites of a significant number of criminal purchases, or that such legislation would have any effect on armed crimes? The Brady Bill - the most celebrated triumph of gun-control advocates in the last decade - has been violated on more than a quarter of a million occasions since its adoption, but the Clinton Administration (although a fierce advocate of the legislation) has only prosecuted a handful of the violators. Is there more than political smoke at issue in this debate?
Aug. 10, 2000 - from
The Art of Political War and Other Radical Pursuits
, excerpted in
Humphrey, Hubert H.
The right of citizens to keep and bear arms is just one more guarantee against arbitrary government, one more safeguard against tyranny which now appears remote in America, but which historically has proved to be always possible.
The liberal mindset never ceases to amaze. When it comes to teaching kids about sex, the more the better. The younger the better. Bring on the condoms and bananas, diaphragms and diagrams. Don't worry about the heightened interest and glorification of pre-marital sex that might result from young, impressionable children handling contraceptives. But when it comes to guns, [anti-gun Governor of Maryland Parris] Glendening and his ilk turn into tight-lipped prudes preaching absolute abstinence. Giving kids basic information about how guns work promotes safety -- not usage. Like the captains of kiddie condom classes always say, knowledge isn't deadly. Ignorance is.
Jun. 1, 2001 - from "Kids, Condoms, and Guns", published by Creators Syndicate Inc.
National Post, The
... the Firearms Act specifically allows ... an aboriginal to own guns, even if he has a criminal record, or a history of violence [either of which would prevent non-aboriginals from owning weapons] ... The aboriginal loophole [in the Act] is not an accident. The Justice department positively encourages its use. The federal gun registry even has a special aboriginal Web site, which encourages aboriginals to use such exemptions ... Even aboriginal children are given special gun rights ... And there is no need to worry about the pesky Canadian Firearms Safety Course, as other gun owners do.
Jan. 8, 2001 - from its editorial "Guns and loopholes"
There is no body of reputable peer-reviewed research that provides anything like a justification for asking ... highly personal questions on gun licence application forms. The fact that the Minister of Justice is doing so nonetheless supports the view that the gun registry is not about safety - that its only real purpose is to allow the Liberal government to posture on the side of gun control. Intrusive, spurious personal questions should be removed from the gun licence application forms, and the answers already given by two million people should be purged from government databases.
Sep. 4, 2001 - from its editorial "Justice knows what you did last summer"