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The more corrupt the state, the more numerous the laws.
--Cornelius Tacitus (c. 116 A.D.)

Wednesday, October 30, 2002
Tee Hee
posted by Rachel 10/30/2002
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The Australians are grappling with the same gun-control issues that the US, Canada, and the UK, have and are dealing with. As with Canada and the UK they are discovering that gun-control doesn't control criminals.

This guy makes the point -as illustrated by a recent shooting- that it is private citizens who stop most crimes. The police simply can't be there in time. His argument is that everyone should be allowed to carry. I agree with him although for different reasons. I simply think that it's immoral to restrict anyone's ability to defend their own life. (obvious exceptions for children, criminals, and those otherwise objectively deemed incompetent) I wholeheartedly agree that people should be able to efficiently deal with someone bent upon killing them.

London wasn't so unsafe (your chances of being mugged are now six times higher than in New York,) until the populace was completely defanged. Now it's a crime to carry pepper-spray or any other offensive tool and people who do, and successfully defend themselves, are prosecuted and imprisoned. Bystanders to crime are counseled by the police to walk on by and let the professionals handle it. (This is not referring to situations where the police are on hand either.) See what has happened to their crime rate.

This is not to say, by any stretch of the imagination, that everyone is temperamentally suited to carry a gun, but then neither is everyone to drive a car and they are both deadly objects.
posted by Rachel 10/30/2002
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You wouldn't have seen an op-ed like this in USA Today a year ago.
posted by Rachel 10/30/2002
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How could they be so stupid? They've had to apologize. MPR is calling it a memorial/ rally. And the Republicans raised $150,000 in three hours!
posted by Rachel 10/30/2002
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More respect for Ventura. What does it tell you that the TV networks were trying to figure out if they could appropriately stop broadcasting halfway through because it was no longer a memorial?

"Scott Libin, news director at KSTP-TV, Channel 5, said the station was in a difficult position and couldn't respectfully stop coverage in the middle of the service when it went from "eulogy all the way to political pep rally.

"I don't think we could responsibly decide in advance not to cover this and I don't think we could courteously leave it while in the middle of it," he said.

When asked what the station might do to address complaints, he said the station probably wouldn't worry as much about over-covering a reported visit from President Bush on Sunday to garner support for Coleman."


I hope this backfires on their asses.
posted by Rachel 10/30/2002
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