Date sent: Tue, 01 Jun 1999 11:21:26 -0400 From: "Michael S. Lorrey" <firstname.lastname@example.org> Organization: http://lorrey.com http://artlocate.com To: email@example.com Subject: Re: Guns and Slaves Send reply to: firstname.lastname@example.org
> Joshua Clingenpeel wrote:
> > No, a person who shouldn't have a gun gets quickly dead. A free man is not
> > free
> > unless armed.
> > Mike Lorrey
> > Wrong as well. A person without a gun is free in a society where no one
> > else has guns, nor the will to do harm to others. We're looking for a
> > Utopian Ideal here, right? If a man has a gun and intends to be free, he
> > will only be free by himself, as he has singular power. In order for
> > coexistence - and ultimately Utopia - to be reached, we must be free
> > together. Freedom is the ability to walk down the street and, not only be
> > able to not worry about getting shot, but not worry about having to shoot
> > someone else.
> This works only if a) the government has no guns, and b) nobody else on the
> planet has or knows how to make guns.
> You can't but a genie back in a bottle.
No, but you can try to keep genies out of the hands of violent criminals, kids and maniacs.
> Mike Lorrey