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To: 45Auto
If the left-wing promoters of gun control have any brains they certainly realize the implications of taking away our guns and the only motive one can attribute to them is the desire to make our democratic socialist state even more dictatorial and to prevent any serious challenge on the part of the citizens of the nation

At one time even the socialists/leftists understood the concecpt properly:

“Certainly, one of the chief guarantees of freedom under any government, no matter how popular and respected, is the right of citizens to keep and bear arms. This is not to say that firearms should not be very carefully used and that definite safety rules of precaution should not be taught and enforced. But the right of citizens to bear arms is just one more guarantee against arbitrary government, and one more safeguard against a tyranny which now appears remote in America, but which historically has proved to be always possible.” --Humphrey, Hubert, “Know Your Lawmakers,” Guns, February 1960, p.4.

8 posted on 05/20/2002 5:47:36 PM PDT by El Gato
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To: El Gato
At one time even the socialists/leftists understood the concecpt properly:

“Certainly, one of the chief guarantees of freedom under any government, no matter how popular and respected, is the right of citizens to keep and bear arms. This is not to say that firearms should not be very carefully used and that definite safety rules of precaution should not be taught and enforced. But the right of citizens to bear arms is just one more guarantee against arbitrary government, and one more safeguard against a tyranny which now appears remote in America, but which historically has proved to be always possible.” --Humphrey, Hubert, “Know Your Lawmakers,” Guns, February 1960, p.4.

There is some dispute about that quote and its source. The current US Senate Republican Policy Committee has it without the "safety" term:

"Certainly one of the chief guarantees of freedom under any government, no matter how popular and respected, is the right of the citizen to keep and bear arms. This is not to say that firearms should not be very carefully used and that definite rules of precaution should not be taught and enforced. But the right of the citizen to bear arms is just one more safeguard against a tyranny which now appears remote in America, but which historically has proved to be always possible." Taken from "A Liberal Democrat's Lament," by Robert Cottrol, American Enterprise Institute. Statement made in 1960. Senate GOP Site.

Also, the NRA-ILA has it the same way, without the "safety" term here.

In any event, it is difficult to reconcile almost all gun control legislation with the limited allowance of "rules" that may be "taught."

Can anyone come up with the original source on this to verify the accurate quote?

9 posted on 05/21/2002 7:38:51 AM PDT by Atlas Sneezed
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