[FoRK] Fwd: Rand Paul: Obama Just Banned 1 Million Firearms
Gregory Alan Bolcer
greg at bolcer.org
Mon Aug 6 07:06:05 PDT 2012
It's the threat that keeps it in check.
Are you not familiar with the theory of raw power politics?
"...Tipping points in political change are based on psychological
thresholds, which are both difficult to predict and measure. Often the
very people who know the country best are least able to foresee the
change, rooted as they are in old assumptions of stability."
On 8/6/2012 6:47 AM, geege schuman wrote:
> Weapons are like money; no one knows the meaning of enough.
> Martin Amis
> Read more at http://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/authors/m/martin_amis.html#K07rzQ037KgRPJBH.99
> On Mon, Aug 6, 2012 at 3:55 AM, Damien Morton <dmorton at bitfurnace.com> wrote:
>> You think the Economist reads FoRK? Or Scalia?
>> "The idea that, in the modern world, a country full of people with
>> private handguns, shotguns and AR-15s in their households is more
>> likely to remain a liberal democracy than a country whose citizens
>> lack such weapons is frankly ridiculous. Worldwide, there is no
>> correlation whatsoever at the country level between private handgun
>> ownership and liberal democracy. There are no cases of democratic
>> countries in which nascent authoritarian governments were successfully
>> resisted due to widespread gun ownership."
>> "When, on the other hand, authoritarian governments are overthrown in
>> military uprisings (as opposed to peaceful revolutions, which are more
>> common), the arms that defeat them come from defecting soldiers or
>> outside aid. "
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