Monday, January 23, 2006

Why Guns? Why the 2nd Amendment?

Alex Kosinski, an immigrant from Eastern Europe and now a federal judge, knows why:
[T]he simple truth - born of experience - is that tyranny thrives best where government need not fear the wrath of an armed people.

The prospect of tyranny may not grab the headlines the way vivid stories of gun crime routinely do. But few saw the Third Reich coming until it was too late. The Second Amendment is a doomsday provision, one designed for those exceptionally rare circumstances where all other rights have failed - where the government refuses to stand for reelection and silences those who protest; where courts have lost the courage to oppose, or can find no one to enforce their decrees. However improbable these contingencies may seem today, facing them unprepared is a mistake a free people get to make only once.
That's why we need guns in the hands of responsible civilians. That and Crackpipe Willy up the street.


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