At 05:26 AM 5/30/99 -0500, Sasha Chislenko wrote:
>If, on the other hand, the Third World teens are more
>mature and able to carry firearms (they definitely do
>carry other weapons), maybe that's because they haven't
>been infantilized by overprotective governments?
I think you have hit on something here. Big Brother just does not want 'little' brothers and sisters to think for themselves.
>I was recently surprised to learn that hitch-hiking is now
>ILLEGAL in the "free" state of New York - and, apparently,
>in many other states. Any other country that has this rule?
It's been illegal in just about every state I know of, probably since the Depression when people could only travel long distances by hitchhiking or jumping a train...can't have those rabble-rousers getting around freely, now can we?
>Where should we draw the lines of "protection"?
At the point where it interferes with personal liberty.
>If there is a town where all citizens agree to give guns to
>their kids, would the government allow it as an experiment?
The Federal government has no say in this, according to the Constitution, but I would not put it past them to interfere. Look what happened with medical maryjane in California...
A small town down south (Georgia?) about ten or fifteen years ago passed a law requiring all able citizens to buy and maintain a firearm - this was in reaction to some gun legislation at the time. I don't know what ultimately happened there, though.