At 05:43 PM 5/27/99 -0500, you wrote:
>Date sent: Thu, 27 May 1999 14:05:15 -0700
>From: James Rogers <email@example.com>
>Subject: Re: Guns and Slaves
>Send reply to: firstname.lastname@example.org
>> At 03:31 PM 5/27/99 -0500, Joe Dees wrote:
>> >Do you feel that the prohibition against owning a thermonuclear
>> >weapon, or Anthrax bacillus, or Sarin, or C-4, or Botulinin toxin, or
>> >even a submachine gun, renders you a slave? Then you have a
>> >pretty stultified and monochromatic view of what freedom's all about.
>> It doesn't render you a slave, but it makes you an easy mark for those that
>> would enslave you.
>Slavery is illegal here.
So is murder, rape, drug use...what is your point?
>> The difference between a free man without a means to defend himself and a
>> slave is vanishingly small; they are separated only by random circumstance
>> that neither control.
>The difference between a free man and a dead one is one person
>with a gun who shouldn't have it.
Perhaps in the case of a free criminal who kills an unarmed man with his illegally obtained weapon. What about the man who defends his life and wins against the same criminal?