[FoRK] Fwd: Rand Paul: Obama Just Banned 1 Million Firearms

Damien Morton dmorton at bitfurnace.com
Mon Aug 6 07:08:11 PDT 2012


So... your be an advocate of, say, the Occupy movement going
open-carry in order to keep police brutality in check?

On Mon, Aug 6, 2012 at 10:06 AM, Gregory Alan Bolcer <greg at bolcer.org> wrote:
> 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."
>
> Greg
>
>
> 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?
>>>
>>> http://www.economist.com/blogs/democracyinamerica/2012/07/gun-rights
>>>
>>> "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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