On Assault Rifles

A disturbing scenario:

It was not my intention to impugn the gun owners of America as cowards or fools. My intention was only to give an example of how the fight you expect is not always the fight you get. If I were to add anything it would be this: Americans, as with all people of formerly free Western democracies ought to prepare for the possibility that their back will never be put against the wall en masse. That there will be no great peril that makes brothers in arms of those who were formally mere neighbours and acquaintances. That no definable moment will tip the scales or “cross the line”.

Edmund Burke said “When bad men combine, the good must associate; else they will fall one by one, an unpitied sacrifice in a contemptible struggle.”

Every militia, every army and every nation can trace its history back to a single point in time when two men looked each other in the eye and agreed not to fall “one by one”. Then two became four, four became eight, and so forth.

Start associating. Because by the time you’re waiting for them at your doorstep it’s already too late.

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Second Amendment news

HARTFORD, CT – In a blow to Connecticut citizens’ Second Amendment protections, U.S. District Judge Alfred V. Covello ruled that the state’s assault weapons ban is constitutional.

According to the judge, “While the act burdens the plaintiffs’ Second Amendment rights, it is substantially related to the important governmental interest of public safety and crime control.”

“Obviously, the court cannot foretell how successful the legislation will be in preventing crime. Nevertheless, for the purposes of the court’s inquiry here, Connecticut, in passing the legislation, has drawn reasonable inferences from substantial evidence.”

The judge ruled without hearing oral arguments.

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