Thursday, August 20, 2009

An Uninfringable Right Explained

"False is the idea of utility that sacrifices a thousand real advantages for one imaginary or trifling inconvenience; that would take fire from men because it burns, and water because one may drown in it; that has no remedy for evils except destruction.

The laws that forbid the carrying of arms are laws of such a nature. They disarm only those who are neither inclined nor determined to commit crimes. Can it be supposed that those who have the courage to violate the most sacred laws of humanity, the most important of the code, will respect the less important and arbitrary ones, which can be violated with ease and impunity, and which, if strictly obeyed, would put an end to personal liberty... and subject innocent persons to all the vexations that the guilty alone ought to suffer?

Such laws make things worse for the assaulted and better for the assailants; they serve rather to encourage than to prevent homicides, for an unarmed man may be attacked with greater confidence than an armed man.

They ought to be designated as laws not preventive but fearful of crimes, produced by the tumultuous impression of a few isolated facts, and not by thoughtful consideration of the inconveniences and advantages of a universal decree." ~Cesare Beccaria


Johann Van De Leeuw said...


AdamS said...

History teaches us, from the Roman Empire to the British Empire; the tyrant first takes the weapons and then enslaves the disarmed.

The main problem is convincing people that history didn't stop repeating itself, and in fact is continuing to do so.

Bryan said...

The framers of the constitution were slave owning white men who didn't understand freedom because the entire Bill of Rights were based on negative liberties so sayest king obama. How can a man swear to uphold the constitution when he despises it so much? Isn't that an act of treason? It is up to us to exerciser those freedoms, sometimes at a cost in order to protect them for future generation. NO OTHER ISSUE IS MORE AT RISK THAN THIS!

Son3 said...

Johann, thanks for the comment, but the link isn't working! Try copy/pasting. :)

AdamS, you've hit the nail on the head.

It seems some in this country do not believe in the rule of law, or in the validity of the Constitution. It's so very "old", you know! LOL!

Bryan, exactly! He can swear to uphold and defend because he's a liar and a perjurer!

And yes, all our rights are only as valid and precious as we make them out to be, and how high we set their price.

Thank you for your comments, gentlemen!

Johann Van De Leeuw said...

No link, I was wondering what the html A did. Sorry, now I know!

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