August 2001

Downrange: 08/01

Gun Wisdom
As I write this, there’s a big United Nations’ conference going on that seeks to control the so-called illicit gun trade between nations. This is chilling, because there are few countries in the world outside the U.S. which respect gun ownership. It’s not too big a reach to think that gun confiscationists worldwide will take any trade restrictions on any firearms they can get anywhere, since their ultimate agenda is to take everyone’s right to self-defense away wherever they can. That makes controlling people—and murdering them in the name of the “good of the state”—much easier to accomplish.

I received an unsigned email the other day that included a few additional thoughts along these lines, and I thought you might enjoy reading them. To wit:

• An armed man is a citizen. An unarmed man is a subject.
• A gun in the hand is better than a cop on the phone.
• Gun control is not about guns, it is about control.
• If guns are outlawed, can we use swords?
• If guns cause crime, then pencils cause misspelled words.
• Free men do not ask permission to bear arms.
• If you don’t know your rights, you don’t have any.
• Those who trade liberty for security have neither.
• The United States Constitution (C) 1791. All Rights Reserved.
• What part of “shall not be infringed” do you not understand?
• 64,999,987 firearm owners killed no one yesterday.
• Guns have only two enemies: Rust and Politicians.
• Know guns, know peace and safety. No guns, no peace nor safety.
• You don’t shoot to kill; you shoot to stay alive.
• What is 911? Government-sponsored “Dial a Prayer”.
• Assault is a behavior, not a device.
• Criminals love gun control. It makes their job easier and safer.
• If guns cause robberies, then matches cause arson.
• Only a government that is afraid of its citizens tries to disarm them.
• You have only the rights you are willing to fight for.
• When you remove the people’s right to bear arms, you create slaves.
• The American Revolution wouldn’t have happened with gun control.

-Todd Woodard

Note to Readers
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—Timothy Cole, Publisher