>> 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.
No need to go to Europe to confirm that: just look at the LA riots. The only stores in untouched were those Korean-owned shops who had armed owners outside to keep the looters at a distance.
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