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Wednesday, October 19, 2005

THE DOOMSDAY PROVISION

I don't weigh in on gun control much, although I'm an ardent supporter of the right to keep and bear arms. I'm also currently shopping for my first gun; watching some of the chaos after Katrina spurred me to actually quit talking, buy one and learn to use it. Hey, killing the threatening intruder in your home saves everyone the time and expense of a trial and incarceration.

John Stossel has an excellent column on gun control at TownHall.com, read it here.

Snipet:
As Alex Kozinski, a federal appeals judge and an immigrant from Eastern Europe, warned in 2003, "the simple truth -- born of experience -- is that tyranny thrives best where government need not fear the wrath of an armed people."

"The prospect of tyranny may not grab the headlines the way vivid stories of gun crime routinely do," Judge Kozinski noted. "But few saw the Third Reich coming until it was too late. The Second Amendment is a doomsday provision, one designed for those exceptionally rare circumstances where all other rights have failed -- where the government refuses to stand for reelection and silences those who protest; where courts have lost the courage to oppose, or can find no one to enforce their decrees. However improbable these contingencies may seem today, facing them unprepared is a mistake a free people get to make only once."

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