Skip to comments.Anti-Firearms Letter From Berkeley
Posted on 03/18/2004 1:43:47 PM PST by Travis McGee
"C_____ _. W______" wrote:
I represent me only. This is a comment and my opinion.
I don't think the "foundering fathers" had AK-47 or automatic weapons on their minds when they gave American citizens the right to bare arms or when you quoted these individuals to sale your book.
To disarm the people is the best and most effectual way to enslave them." "What is the militia? It is the whole people, except for a few public officials. ~George Mason, 1788
"On every question of construction, let us carry ourselves back to the time when the Constitution was adopted, and instead of trying what meaning may be squeezed out of the text, or invented against it, conform to the probable one in which it was passed." ~Thomas Jefferson, 1823
"That the said Constitution shall never be construed to authorize Congress to prevent the people of the United States who are peaceable citizens from keeping their own arms..." ~Samuel Adams, 1788
"The people never give up their liberties but under some delusion." ~Edmund Burke
"Necessity is the plea of every infringement of human freedom. It is the argument of tyrants, it is the creed of slaves." ~William Pitt, 1783
"The militia is our ultimate safety. We can have no security without it. The great object is that every man be armed." ~Patrick Henry
We give up our freedom every time we go into another country under the flag of democracy to kill the citizens of another country.
Do you think these people love their families less than Americans. Do you think they will forget. People love their families like you love your own.
Life is basic: to have food, shelter, drinkable water, medicine for the sick. Don't you think that if the world's poor had a choose they would chose to live in peace not war. Don't you think if American poor had a choice they would want just what you have, to provide for their families and enjoy the basics. Instead, we sale them guns to take their resources, we sale them war.
I am a veteran who volunteered no one had to draft me. I was born in this country and have traveled to other countries. I have had children and adult family members killed by guns. This is life long pain. It does not make you want to run out to buy a gun. That gun will not bring back one of my loved ones.
This week three American citizens were killed with AK-47 in Iraq. Do you think they may have bought these guns from the US.
It would be great if all Americans used muskets. The world would be a safer place for all of us to live.
There is a difference between automatic weapons of mass destruction on the streets and a musket in your home for your home protection.
If you are making a profit from the sale of these guns then of course your argument is for the (mass) production of these automatic weapons.
This is the email I sent back to her at Berkeley:
You fall into some of the basic traps of those who think that preventing the private ownership of arms will lead to a safer society. For example, your point about muskets being so much safer is totally wrong. When you factor in the medical care available in the musket era, muskets were MORE dangerous than today's rifles. Any wound at all with a musket usually led to a death in screaming agony in minutes to days. At best, limbs were amputated, and more than half of the time, they died anyway, also in screaming agony with no anesthesia. Today, bullet wounds are usually patched up in the majority of cases, with modern surgery, antibiotics, and anesthetics. So your "muskets were kind and gentle" argument is totally incorrect.
Even in 1780, folks owned "blunderbusses" for shooting geese, and for stopping robbers, rioters, and mutineers. A blunderbuss could fire over 100 chunks of rusty iron in one shot, and could be reloaded rapidly via the wide muzzle. Yet no one worried about someone attacking a picnic or workplace with a blunderbuss. What changed, the deadliness of weaopons, or society? I think the latter.
As far as examples of societies where only the government owned modern weapons, and the people were disarmed, I give you Hitler's Germany, Stalin's Russia, China etc. The Jews who were herded onto trucks and trains in Nazi Germany by a handful of police and soldiers were sent away easily ONLY after they had been disarmed, according to German law. In the Warsaw Ghetto in 1943, Jews used a handful of hidden firearms to begin a rebellion, and used those weapons to win German weapons, and they held out against the force of the German army for months. If all of the German Jews had disobeyed German law and kept their firearms, and resisted at every step, the Nazi holocaust of the Jews could not have happened, based on the Warsaw experience.
I hope you look more deeply into this subject. I urge you to check out this site: "Self Defense is a Basic Human Right. http://www.a-human-right.com/introduction.html
Yep, it's from Berkeley. Looks like they need to not only study up on the 2nd Amendment, but a little spelling and grammar.
Yeah, they got the SCUDs from us as well.
They strap bombs to their kids, don't they?
Our founding fathers knew exactly what they were doing when they crafted the Second Amendment. They knew what life was like when the People served (and feared) the Government. They sought to establish from the start that the Government should serve (and fear) the People.
No. Only communist governments used and produced the AK-47.
That's true, but then again, assuming you could afford them, every "military" weapon available was available to the general public. Cannons, for instance. I've seen old pictures and drawings of private residences with cannons in the yard, among other things.
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