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Proposal: Force Citizens to Own Guns
The New American ^ | 01 August 2012 | Selwyn Duke

Posted on 08/01/2012 7:47:20 AM PDT by Paladins Prayer

When people such as Little Big Gulp Bloomberg propose some new nanny-state law, they often express the hope that “it will become a model for the nation.” But forget about aping sprawling metropolises such as the Big Apple or San Francisco if you want to increase public well-being. There is a better locality to copy: Kennesaw, Georgia.

I propose that we take one of its laws nationwide and require every law-abiding citizen to own a gun. After all, studies have shown that the deterrent criminals fear most is that of an armed prospective victim. And as the apocryphal saying goes, “The very atmosphere of firearms everywhere restrains evil interference.”

Yet I’ll go even further and propose that we also eliminate many of the gun-control laws in existence. And since they number in the thousands, it shouldn’t be hard to pare them down by at least 50 percent. Isn’t this the least we could do in the name of increasing freedom and people’s capacity to defend themselves?

Of course, I wouldn’t expect the above to garner much support from the Left; in fact, I’m sure they’d howl. So I’ll tell you what, my liberal friends.

(Excerpt) Read more at thenewamerican.com ...


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Culture/Society; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: banglist; freedom; guns; laws; relativism
Wow, this article takes a couple of twists and turns you wouldn't expect. Read it till the end,or you'll miss a lot.
1 posted on 08/01/2012 7:47:26 AM PDT by Paladins Prayer
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To: Paladins Prayer
It works, on two levels. Swiss men are all expected to have a rifle, with the younger men issued automatic weapons from the military.

1. Violent crime is extremely low in Switzerland. Who wants to come up against a military weapon?

2. Switzerland hasn't been invaded for centuries, even though it sits in the middle of Europe. Not even Hitler wanted to mess with a nation of well-armed citizens.

2 posted on 08/01/2012 7:53:57 AM PDT by expat2
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To: Paladins Prayer

Little Big Gulp Bloombeg-——LOL


3 posted on 08/01/2012 7:55:00 AM PDT by cubreporter
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To: Paladins Prayer

Little Big Gulp Bloombeg-——LOL


4 posted on 08/01/2012 7:55:15 AM PDT by cubreporter
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To: Paladins Prayer

Well, since we can now force people to buy health insurance, we can force people to buy guns and ammo.


5 posted on 08/01/2012 7:59:55 AM PDT by Yo-Yo
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To: Paladins Prayer

Point of the verbose article: conservatives need to use the Left’s game against them, making outlandish demands so that we may get them to settle for what we want. Demand compelling everyone to own a gun, then settle for not expanding current gun laws.

The one problem with this: we want _liberty_. The Left’s technique is to demand lots of control so we’ll settle for some oppression. You don’t achieve liberty by negotiating subjugation.


6 posted on 08/01/2012 8:00:23 AM PDT by ctdonath2 ($1 meals: http://abuckaplate.blogspot.com)
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To: Paladins Prayer

Reacting to the lead proposal (and not the actual point of the article):
Restore the Militia Act of 1792.


7 posted on 08/01/2012 8:01:22 AM PDT by ctdonath2 ($1 meals: http://abuckaplate.blogspot.com)
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To: Paladins Prayer

Kennesaw, Georgia passed a law requiring gun ownership in 1982.

The overall crime rate dropped 50% and Kennesaw has the lowest crime rate in the county (Cobb—a heavily populated county right next to the city of Atlanta).


8 posted on 08/01/2012 8:05:59 AM PDT by Brookhaven (Obama Admits He Can't Fix What Bush Broke, So Why Reelect Obama?)
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To: Paladins Prayer
why not? The Supremes say they can force us to buy into Obamacare

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9 posted on 08/01/2012 8:08:14 AM PDT by Elle Bee
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To: expat2

Switzerland is too mountainous to invade. That’s why even the Germans left it alone—too much cost in men and machinery for too little gain.


10 posted on 08/01/2012 8:08:54 AM PDT by Brookhaven (Obama Admits He Can't Fix What Bush Broke, So Why Reelect Obama?)
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To: Paladins Prayer
How this bodes for liberty should be obvious. Since a law, regulation, or mandate is by definition the removal of a freedom, and since we continually agree to the creation of more such measures but hardly ever rescind any, every year we are less and less free. It’s called compromising our way to tyranny.

One glaring exception has been the change to concealed carry laws across the country in the past decade.

Even before Heller, 38 states were converted from may issue to shall issue states.

I think that was a big blow against tyranny.

11 posted on 08/01/2012 8:09:46 AM PDT by Yo-Yo
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To: Paladins Prayer

I think it is a great idea. Plus, we can truthfully use their arguments against them. “We have tried gun control and it did not work.” Trying it again makes no sense when statistics show that it does not accomplish the objective. Since insanity is doing the same thing over and expecting different results, lets try something sane. I.e. less gun control than we have now and a gun in every home.

The criminals will be stymied until they figure out that anyone supporting gay marriage, enviro nonsense and all the other Lib insanities are who they can safely target. A real TWOFER if you ask me : )


12 posted on 08/01/2012 8:15:36 AM PDT by 1malumprohibitum
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To: Paladins Prayer

I think it was Daniel Webster who said, “An armed society is a polite society.”


13 posted on 08/01/2012 8:21:08 AM PDT by FrankR (They will become our ultimate masters the day we surrender the 2nd Amendment.)
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To: ctdonath2

Actually, the point of the article is found in the last four paragraphs. It’s not really what you say it is.


14 posted on 08/01/2012 8:26:42 AM PDT by Paladins Prayer
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To: Paladins Prayer

Kennesaw, Georgia enacted a law in the 70s IIRC that required the head of household to own a gun....the model for many others to follow.....


15 posted on 08/01/2012 8:27:08 AM PDT by Gaffer
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To: ctdonath2

Using the left’s techniques against them, we need our representatives to demand the repeal of all gun laws immediately. Then request compromise.


16 posted on 08/01/2012 8:36:21 AM PDT by STYRO (Do not accept unconstitutional government as legitimate government.)
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To: Paladins Prayer

The government should not force us to own anything. I am stunned that any conservative would support this ... gun or not.


17 posted on 08/01/2012 8:42:39 AM PDT by RIghtwardHo
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To: Paladins Prayer
I think school should have firearms safety as part of the curriculum. A few of my classmates were killed by fellow students who were ignorant of basic firearms safety. Take a week each year and divert the "PE" classes to the indoor range for some practical "hands on". It is every bit as relevant as driver's safety training.

I don't see a need to require everyone to own a gun. Do with your earnings as you see fit. If a firearm makes you happy, buy it.

18 posted on 08/01/2012 8:44:33 AM PDT by Myrddin
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To: RIghtwardHo

I see there’s someone else who didn’t read the article.

Hint: he doesn’t support it. It needs to actually be read to be understood.

I wouldn’t post a piece that was in favor of statism.


19 posted on 08/01/2012 8:51:02 AM PDT by Paladins Prayer
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To: Paladins Prayer

Example of the absurdity is good for the argument though.

Libs have been using that tactic on us for decades now. WE are all racist, sexist, homophobic, and thus have to spend all our time and energy trying to prove we aren’t instead of teaching and preaching conservatism. It changes the discussion from conservatism to “no we aren’t those guys”.

That is how Obama got elected; The political swing middle wanted to prove to the world we weren’t racist.

We have to start with the assumption we are not racist (sexist, homophobic, whatever), and prove they (libs) are idiots which is otherwise easy to do. Just look at their results.


20 posted on 08/01/2012 9:33:18 AM PDT by Wildbill22
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To: Paladins Prayer

HAS any other county or city emmulated mandatory ownership?


21 posted on 08/01/2012 9:34:02 AM PDT by longtermmemmory (VOTE! http://www.senate.gov and http://www.house.gov)
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To: Paladins Prayer

Having lived in Kennesaw myself, I can tell you I know of no safer city of its size. Truly it is a model for others.


22 posted on 08/01/2012 9:42:52 AM PDT by so_real ( "The Congress of the United States recommends and approves the Holy Bible for use in all schools.")
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To: Myrddin

Heck with that.
Kids should get firearms safety in kindergarten or first grade. “If you find an unattended firearm, don’t touch, leave the area, and tell an adult.” Followed by “When you handle a firearm, this is how you clear a gun.”

In elementary school and high school, they should have mandatory marksmanship training and pistol and rifle teams.


23 posted on 08/01/2012 9:43:24 AM PDT by Little Ray (AGAINST Obama in the General.)
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To: Paladins Prayer

A couple of quotes from one of my favorite authors, Louis L’Amour:

From “The Lonesome Gods”:

“Our constitution provides that no law shall forbid us from keeping and bearing arms because of the necessity for a militia. We have a militia of a sort, but our greatest strength lies in the fact that so many of our people not only possess weapons but also understand their use, and above all they are prepared to defend themselves against any sudden attack by an enemy.
“You will remember that we won our freedom because we were armed. We were not a simple peasantry unused to weapons. The men who wrote our Constitution knew our people would be safe as long and they were armed.”

From “North to the Rails”:

“Understand one thing……You can make laws against weapons but they will be observed only by those who don’t intend to use them anyway. The lawless can always smuggle or steal, or even make a gun. By refusing to wear a gun you allow the criminal to operate with impunity.”


24 posted on 08/01/2012 9:53:39 AM PDT by fredhead (It's my Herbie year...check out the number on the side of the famous VW.)
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To: Paladins Prayer

Goreville, IL did this back in 1982 after Morton Grove passed a handgun ban (since revoked, I believe).

Every resident must possess a handgun.

It was never enforced, or course. It was intended as a big FU to Morton Grove and, by extension, Northern (read:Chicago)Illinois.

God, I love it down here.

Being the sympathetic soul that I am, I felt it my civic duty to purchase a second Series 70 M-1911A1 and, in Gorevilles’ distinct honor, a parkerized Commander to boot.


25 posted on 08/01/2012 10:02:31 AM PDT by 98ZJ USMC
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To: longtermmemmory

See my reply above.


26 posted on 08/01/2012 10:04:55 AM PDT by 98ZJ USMC
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To: Paladins Prayer

Force? No! Choice? Yes!


27 posted on 08/01/2012 10:06:59 AM PDT by JimRed (Excise the cancer before it kills us; feed &water the Tree of Liberty! TERM LIMITS, NOW & FOREVER!)
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Click the Gadsden flag for pro-gun resources!
28 posted on 08/01/2012 10:33:31 AM PDT by Joe Brower (Sheep have three speeds: "graze", "stampede" and "cower".)
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To: Paladins Prayer

How about an annual payment for the purchase of a new gun or ammunition?


29 posted on 08/01/2012 11:01:58 AM PDT by DonkeyBonker (Oppose Senate Amendment S.A. 2575! I need more than 10 rounds in my magazine.)
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To: 98ZJ USMC
The first time a "stimulus check" hit my mailbox, it was converted to a new firearm. I'm sure that would have the lefties panties in a wad.
30 posted on 08/01/2012 11:47:15 AM PDT by Myrddin
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To: Paladins Prayer

Oooh. I like the way this guy thinks.


31 posted on 08/01/2012 2:53:25 PM PDT by RKBA Democrat (Vote for willard. Because "our" pro-abort, anti-gun socialist is SO much better than theirs.)
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To: DonkeyBonker

Better: a tax credit. Put the grabbers on the defense for once.


32 posted on 08/01/2012 2:59:13 PM PDT by RKBA Democrat (Vote for willard. Because "our" pro-abort, anti-gun socialist is SO much better than theirs.)
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To: majstoll

Ping. You might appreciate how this guy thinks


33 posted on 08/01/2012 3:31:39 PM PDT by RKBA Democrat (Vote for willard. Because "our" pro-abort, anti-gun socialist is SO much better than theirs.)
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To: Paladins Prayer

Better idea: since folks who are armed pretty much take c are of themselves, waive the payment of state sales taxes for them, and let those who use the services so provided pay.

No personal weapon at time of sale, pay the tax. Armed, no tax. Simple.


34 posted on 08/03/2012 11:33:14 AM PDT by archy (I'd give my right arm to be ambidextrous!)
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