Re: Guns possessed by citizens and the State



On Tue, 23 Aug 2005 22:40:29 GMT, Trevor Wilson wrote:
>"Charles L" <tjf00@xxxxxxxxxxx> wrote in message
>news:430b771e@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
>> Which is of more concern, firearms in the hands of private citizens or
>> firearms in the hands of the State?
>
>**Private citizens, of course. In the US, there are nearly 10,000 gun
>related homicides each and every year.
>
>>
>> Who has the worst record when it comes to the misuse of firearms?
>
>**How far back do you want to go?
>
>>
>> By whom is citizen's liberty more effectively protected?
>
>**Huh? Re-phrase in a way that makes sense please.
>
>>
>> Is the State frightened by citizens being armed?
>
>**Not in the slightest.
>
> If so, why?
>>
>> If firearm ownership by citizens is banned or hampered with onerous
>> restrictions (which amounts to the same thing really) can citizens trust
>> the
>> State with it's firearms?
>
>**It makes no difference. The state (in all Western, developed nations) has
>VASTLY more firepower than all the private citizens put together. All
>private citizens can hope to do, is be a minor inconvenience. The state is
>more threatened by the ballot box in all Western, Democratic nations. THAT
>is where REAL power resides. The vote, not the barrel of a gun.

If handguns, rifles, and shotguns in civilian hands are so
inconsequential and impotent, why then try to control them?

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