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Category: Second Amendment

The Polemicist: The Rifle on the Wall: A Left Argument for Gun Rights

Long, but worth every moment you spend reading…

“An essay in seven sections.

– From Progressive Economics
The Fundamental Political Principle

“That rifle on the wall of the labourer’s cottage or working class flat is the symbol of democracy. It is our job to see that it stays there.” — George Orwell

Let’s start with this: The citizen’s right to possess firearms is a fundamental political right. The political principle at stake is quite simple: to deny the state the monopoly of armed force. This should perhaps be stated in the obverse: to empower the citizenry, to distribute the power of armed force among the citizenry as a whole. The history of arguments and struggles over this principle, throughout the world, is long and clear. Instituted in the context of a revolutionary struggle based on the most democratic concepts of its day, the Second Amendment of the United States Constitution is perhaps the clearest legal/constitutional expression of this principle, and as such, I think, is one of the most radical statutes in the world.

Go read the whole thing, take a break and read it again.

The Polemicist: The Rifle on the Wall: A Left Argument for Gun Rights.

Yep. That about covers it.

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Some words of wisdom from Dr. Thomas Sowell

It’s awfully easy for someone in their ivory towers and gated communities with armed bodyguards to decide what’s right for the rest of us.

“The gun control controversy is only the latest of many issues to be debated almost solely in terms of fixed preconceptions, with little or no examination of hard facts.”

The left as always approaches  gun control from their bastion of nanny-statism – “We are so much smarter than you little people – we know how you should live your lives…”

“Anyone who faces three home invaders, jeopardizing himself or his family, might find 30 bullets barely adequate. After all, not every bullet hits, even at close range, and not every hit incapacitates. You can get killed by a wounded man.

These plain life-and-death realities have been ignored for years by people who go ballistic when they hear about how many shots were fired by the police in some encounter with a criminal. As someone who once taught pistol shooting in the Marine Corps, I am not the least bit surprised by the number of shots fired. I have seen people miss a stationary target at close range, even in the safety and calm of a pistol range.
We cannot expect everybody to know that. But we can expect them to know that they don’t know — and to stop spouting off about life-and-death issues when they don’t have the facts.” 


Words matter.

Amidst the noise

The money quote?

“…we know it was the people responsible”



Gun-related violent crimes drop as gun sales soar in Va. – Richmond Times-Dispatch: Central Virginia:

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