Michael Lorrey (
Thu, 01 Apr 1999 22:51:12 -0500

joe dees wrote:

> At Thu, 1 Apr 1999 08:00:44 -0600, you wrote:
> >
> >Actually, the Constitution explicitly presumes that private citizens will
> >own naval warships (see: Letters of Marquee and Reprisal), which were the
> >most expensive and specialized weapons of the day. As I understand it,
> >their main reason for favoring private weapon ownership was as a defense
> >against tyrannical government, which obviously requires private access to
> >just about anything.
> >
> >Of course, today there is a real question as to whether an armed citizenry
> >is really a significant barrier to oppression, but that's a different
> >argument.
> >
> But an argument I raised previously when I argued that Zed and his varmint gun would be useless against tanks and mortars, but if we gave every Tom, Dick and Zed their own tanks and mortars that it would be a sad day for the corner convenience stores.

Hardly. Quite the opposite in fact, since Storekeeper Joe would have his own tank, mortar and machine gun emplacements if he so chose to, or he had an insurance policy with a security agency which did so. People are the most polite and respectful of property when there are arms present. This is vouched for the high levels of property crime in europe and us cities compared to rural areas.

   Michael Lorrey, President
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