|Juan Valdez should be a wealthy man.|
"[E]very Man has a Property in his own Person. This no Body has any Right to but himself. The Labour of his Body, and the Work of his Hands, we may say, are properly his. The great and chief end therefore, of Mens uniting into Commonwealths, and putting themselves under Government, is the Preservation of their Property." -- John Locke (1632-1704) English philosopher and political theorist. Considered the ideological progenitor of the American Revolution and who, by far, was the most often non-biblical writer quoted by the Founding Fathers of the USA.
"Positive laws are tyrannical. One's individual rights -- whether they be life, liberty, or property -- must be sacrificed by the state in order to fulfill the positive rights of another. For example, if housing is considered a "right," then the state will have to confiscate wealth (property) from those who have provided shelter for themselves in order to house those who have not.... True justice is realized when our lives, and property are secure, and we are free to express our thoughts without fear of retribution. Just laws are negative in nature; they exist to thwart the violation of our natural rights. Government ought to be the collective organization -- that is, the extension -- of the individual's right of self-defense, and its purpose to protect our lives, liberties, and property." -- Mark Da Vee Source: Defining Justice, The Freeman, P. 566-67, August, 1996 http://quotes.liberty-tree.ca/quote_blog/Mark.Da.Vee.Quote.752A
"The doctrine of non-resistance against arbitrary power and oppression, is absurd, slavish, and destructive of the good and happiness of mankind. -- New Hampshire Constitution, Source: Article 10 http://quotes.liberty-tree.ca/quote_blog/New.Constitution.Quote.5380
"Is your life worth protecting? If so, whose responsibility is it to protect it? ...
How can you rightfully ask another human being to risk his life to protect yours, when you will assume no responsibility yourself?" -- Jeffrey R. Snyder American attorney, author Source: A Nation of Cowards, 113 Public Interest (Fall 1993). http://quotes.liberty-tree.ca/quote_blog/Jeffrey.Snyder.Quote.392C
"In March, 1982, Kennesaw, Georgia, passed a mandatory gun ownership ordinance which requires all heads of households to own a firearm -- handgun, rifle or shotgun. In 1982, our crime against persons, which include murder, rape, armed robbery, aggravated assault and residential burglary, decreased 74%. In 1983 these same crimes decreased [an additional] 46%. ... I would also like you to be aware that our population has increased in excess of 20% since 1982. We have had no accidents nor incidents involving our citizens with regards to firearms. ... It is a pleasure to see our senior citizens strolling the streets at night without fear of becoming a victim of violent crime." -- Robert L. Ruble Chief of Police, Kennesaw, Georgia Source: November 5, 1984, unpublished letter to Ann Landers
"If you own your life, then you have the right to defend yourself against anyone who would deprive you of it. ... And, if you have the right of self-defense, it follows that you have the right to act ... to obtain means appropriate to that defense. That brings us to firearms, particularly the handgun, which so many people would outlaw. The handgun has been called the equalizer ..., and for good reason. It affords smaller, weaker people the chance to defend themselves against bigger, stronger people who threaten them. Handguns offer the otherwise defenseless a convenient, practical, inexpensive method of safeguarding themselves and their families. Banishing handguns -- even if the big and strong were also denied them -- would leave the small and the weak defenseless." -- Sheldon Richman V.P. of Future of Freedom Foundation, author Source: The Right to Life Equals the Right to Possess Firearms, The Tyranny of Gun Control, 40 (Future of Freedom Foundation 1997).
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Tim Lebsack | Points: +32 | Tuesday December 7, 2010, 13:24 PM