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by John Taylor
For what must be the umpteenth time ... a few sad, shabby, shopworn
lessons from the past month or two:
1. "Using a gun in the commission of a felony" is a hollow charge --
the felony itself is the crime (and then if and only if the felony
involves the actual infringement of one individual's rights by
2. "Enforce existing gun laws" is not a pro-gun stance, unless you
agree that the current 20,000 laws are constitutional and proper.
3. A legislator who proposes a "less stringent version" of an
unconstitutional gun control law is not an ally, cannot be trusted,
and is just as much in violation of his oath as the one who proposes
a more onerous gun control law.
4. A gun rights organization that accepts a compromise of individual
liberty -- whether it involves a gun control law or not -- will
betray you sooner or later, and almost certainly already has.
5. Any advocate who tells you that they have a strategy for dealing
with gun control but won't publicly spell it out in detail either
doesn't have a strategy ... or does have one that has already sold
6. Anyone who tries to work with a legislator who has betrayed you in
the past is either dangerously naive, hopelessly desperate, or is in
the process of betraying you.
7. The "Heinlein Rule" doesn't apply with legislators or gun rights
organizations. In those cases, "once is happenstance, twice is enemy
action". There is no "three strikes" leeway. Anybody can make a
mistake; but there can be no tolerance for those who make the
same mistake again.
8. Anyone who on the one hand asks you to respect individual liberty,
and on the other hand asks you for money so they can protect your
rights, either doesn't understand the unbreakable link between
individual liberty and individual accountability ... or hopes that
9. Anyone who tells you that you must support one party over another
regardless of that party's actions ...
Anyone who tells you that you must support one candidate over another
because he is not as bad a Constitution-mangler ...
Anyone who tells you that a covert traitor is somehow superior to an
overt traitor ...
Is a fool.
10. Anyone who accepts a "reasonable" amount of infringement of his
liberty is a frog in a simmering pot.
11. Anyone who labels you as an extremist for opposing incremental
infringement of a right doesn't believe in that right at all, doesn't
want you to exercise it, and will lie to you repeatedly about his
12. Most legislation proposed "for the children" ... isn't.
Furthermore, it is almost always based solely on hysteria, illogic,
and outright falsehood.
13. As long as the bulk of the citizenry believes that government is
in place to do something for them, there will never be any meaningful
reform. Furthermore, government's power will continue to increase at
(at least) geometric rates.
Thirteen Questions for George W. Bush
by L. Neil Smith
A Plea To My Military Friends
by Victor Milan
The New Provos
by Andy Barniskis
by Casey J. Lartigue Jr.
To Prevent A Life Of Crime, Buy Your Kid A Gun
by Vin Suprynowicz
The Anti-War Movement, An Anti-Statist Model
by Michael R. Allen
Letters To The Editor
by Our Readers
The Compassionati Speak
by Mike Arst
Twenty To Life
by Jonathan Taylor
One Step At A Time
by Bruce Elmore
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