L. Neil Smith's
Number 193, October 7, 2002


by the Editor

Exclusive to TLE

ON THIS DATE [October 7, 1780]

<<During the American Revolution, Patriot irregulars under Colonel William Campbell defeat Tories under Major Patrick Ferguson at the Battle of King's Mountain in South Carolina.

"Major Ferguson's Tory force, made up mostly of American Loyalists from South Carolina and elsewhere, was the western wing of General Lord Cornwallis' North Carolina invasion force. One thousand American frontiersmen under Colonel Campbell of Virginia gathered in the backcountry to resist Ferguson's advance. Pursued by the Patriots, Ferguson positioned his Tory force in defense of a rocky, treeless ridge named King's Mountain. The Patriots charged the hillside multiple times, demonstrating lethal marksmanship against the surrounded Loyalists.

"Unwilling to surrender to a "band of banditti," Ferguson led a suicidal charge down the mountain and was cut down in a hail of bullets. After his death, some of his men tried to surrender, but they were slaughtered in cold blood by the frontiersmen, who were bitter over British excesses in the Carolinas. The Tories suffered 157 killed, 163 wounded, and 698 captured. Colonel Campbell's force suffered just 28 killed and 60 wounded.>>

The colonists, on hearing the Loyalists request surrender terms, offered them "Tarleton's Quarter", a reference to the brutal suppression by the hated Banastre Tarleton during his "Carolina Campaign", especially at the "Battle of the Waxhaws" [May 29,1780], where he refused "quarter" to surrendering troops of the Third Virginia Continentals under Col. Abraham Buford.

The modern corollary, if we can even still imagine one in this "Nation of Cowards", would be "Reno's Quarter", I suppose.


I didn't realize that the "carry" issue still had legs in New Jack City. Given the advanced age of the "Sullivan Act" mentality, I took it as a given that denizens of The Big Rotten Apple had long since traded their birthright for the "avantages" of "living" in Gothamorrah.

Then someone brought to my attention a story in New York Newsday's online edition that, while license applications are down in most categories, the patronage process is still quite active. [" Cleared to Carry in City: Permit totals drop, but not for notables
by Melanie Lefkowitz
September 30, 2002]

It's important to remember -- especially whenever we are told that this politician or that is the "lesser of two evils", and therefore somehow deserving of our support -- that gun controllers truly believe that they are better than we, and that they are not subject to the same restricitons they would impose on us. This amounts to a "royalty syndrome"; it is evil of the highest order; and it should be stamped out with whatever force is necessary.

As a former member of the law enforcement establishment, it pains me -- only slightly -- to point out that nowhere is this attitude more prevalent than among those allegedly hired "to protect and serve".

<<New York Police Commissioner Bernard Kerik - who, as a retired cop, is exempt from most of the stringent licensing requirements ... told Newsday that he carries a gun because "every retired cop has the right ... I've always had one.">>

Now everybody knows that the number of "legal" guns bears no correlation to the "crime rate", but that doesn't stop the prohibitionists from trying.

<<Federal officials generally estimate that there are about 2 million illegal guns in New York City, but caution it is impossible to know for sure. [Eli Silverman, a criminologist at John Jay College of Criminal Justice] said that while the reduction of legal guns may be linked to the decline in shooting crime since the 1980s and 1990s, he doubts it was a major factor.

"The bad guys who want guns can get them and do get them," he said.>>

That's quite an admission, though it means absolutely nothing. What matters is that residents of New York live in a city where bad laws are selectively enforced; where rights are subordinated to "security"; where the "elite" are openly contemptuous of the "masses"; and where it's seriously considered better for a woman to be raped, strangled with her own panty-hose, and left lying in an alley dead than for her to carry a sub-nosed .357 in her purse. Thank goodness the rest of the country isn't headed that way, hunh?


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