Date: Fri, 24 Mar 2006 23:56:32 GMT From: Johannes <johsnospam-spam-sizefitter.com> Subject: Re: Well, the convertible is on Ebay now.
Dave Hinz wrote: > > On Fri, 24 Mar 2006 21:13:38 GMT, Paul Halliday <pjghnospamyonder.co.uk> wrote: > > in article 48itflFk7llkU1nospamvidual.net, Dave Hinz at DaveHinznospamcop.net > > wrote on 24/03/2006 18:52: > > > >> I'm gonna have to side with my ancestors on this one and say "time to > >> leave". > > > Well, this stream of discussion has led me to understand the US as "the land > > of the free", where the constitution has a real meaning. I know the US gets > > knocked both internally and internationally, with some sense of irony over > > the matter, but a constitution which enshrines the right to life without > > oppression is truly enviable. > > It's not perfect by any means, but it's not as bad as people with > political agendas would want you to believe. > > >> I'm trying very, very had not to point out what, to me, is blisteringly > >> obvious. > > > Civil disobedience? National riot? > > Right to keep and bear arms. Honest citizens are allowed to have guns, > which keeps criminals in fear and doubt, to an extent. That citizen > doesn't need to have a gun, themselves, just that the guy thinking about > breaking in the house knows that they legally can, and might. About the > same thing with government abuses; I'm of the theory that civilians > owning guns is a good reminder to our government how the country was > founded, and by what mechanism that was reached. The problem is psychological limitations that everyone have. Nobody is 100% rational 100% of the time. Nobody can concentrate 100% or they would never lose a Tennis match. Our emotional state vary and people can sometimes snap. If there is a loaded gun lying around, people may make the wrong choice that they might later regret. That is why there are different gun laws in the UK, very sensibly.