An ijit at The Guardian writes:* "What is so dangerous, in the US, that you need an automatic or semiautomatic high-powered rifles with big clips?"
Why, I can answer that: Freedom -- and especially its foes. (But all we can buy new here are semi-autos, kid, and you would not believe the prices rusty old full-automatics fetch, even before the $200 Federal transfer task.)
This sprawling mess of a country, with its 50 states and various kinds and sorts of regional, cultural and historic areas and subdivisions is essentially ungovernable. As long as a significant percentage of us unruly -- but peaceable and largely law-abiding -- hordes (or is it "masses?" Geesh, I should'a paid more attention in Civics) -- are well-armed, the only way we-the-people are gonna be ruled is by our consent. By persuasion, not by force.
Jackbooted thuggery against the citizenry on any kind of large scale just won't fly here.
I sure hope Congress remembers that. I sure hope the President figures it out. I don't care if commenters overseas ever do.
* The Guardian's tender solicitude for (and near-total lack of comprehension of) firearms policy in the United States is duly noted. Hey, do we try'n tell you what to do with your Royals? We happen to speak more or less the same lingo. Don't read too much into it.
CHICAGO RAILROAD FAIR, 1948
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