Quote of the day—Tom Mauser

People don’t trust government to do what’s right. They are very attracted to the idea of a nation of individuals, so they don’t think about what’s good for the collective.

Tom Mauser
Gun-control activist.
November 2012
The Case for More Guns (And More Gun Control)
[It’s good to have him explicitly say it. Mauser (how ironic!) is opposed to a nation of individuals and individual rights. The collective is what is important.

Mauser is opposed to not just a specific enumerated right called out in the Bill of Rights, but the very foundation of this nation. He should move to a country more closely politically aligned with his views. I’m thinking North Korea would be appropriate. The United States Constitution clearly was designed for people totally different from him.—Joe]


10 thoughts on “Quote of the day—Tom Mauser

  1. Oh great, now I’m a Borg that must join the collective! I should have been a well-armed Klingon.
    No, I do not trust the government and history proves it. Examples abound.

    Name one thing the government does well (i.e. efficiently, inexpensively, competently, ethically).
    Sorry, the military does not count since it operates by very different rules. The answer is zilch.

    News flash Tom Mauser, socialism and blindly relying on a government usually results in genocide and murder of dissidents.
    Our task, as citizens, is to remain ever vigilant against the rise of tyranny that power-hungry politicians try to implement.
    We should not have to school these socialist fools that their philosophy never works, it always oppressive, and is pure evil.

  2. Wait…
    So, he meant that as a bad thing?
    That single line, taken out of context, makes me think he’s the kind of guy I could get along with.

  3. The RKBA is a “Collective” Right. It belongs to the “Collective” known as the Citizens of the United States of America. But unlike the Borg, Mauser has the Freedom to leave the ‘Collective” any time he chooses. But good luck finding another Nation-State that will take him.

  4. How can something that is destructive to the component parts of a collection be good for the collection as a whole?

  5. There’s some misunderstanding of our colonial and revolutionary heritage by both sides of this issue.

    I highly recommend every one read this:


    A theme to consider from that time – “collective liberty and individual responsibility”.
    For example, each individual militiaman at Concord did what he felt was best for his community. It wasn’t a bunch of individuals defending their respective rights.

    I think today it’d be very difficult, even among politically aligned patriots, to function with the direction and purpose of the various New England militias did against the regulars in 1775.

  6. I thing there is a lot of confusion over the use of “collective”. When a communist like Tom Mauser uses the word, he refers to coercion. You are to be FORCED to behave in accordance with someone else’s idea of what is “best” for the collective.

    When WE use the term, we are talking about the individual FREELY choosing to act as he sees fit, so as to benefit his community.

    So as always it is a difference between coercion and liberty. The idea of collective verses individual this or that is only a smoke screen, a cheap trick.

  7. I see now. To tie back to my example, some of the colonial whigs did conscientiously object to militia service. That was socially acceptable, even if not the popular attitude among most patriots. Contrast that to the Royal Navy’s infamous “press gangs” of that time. They would basically capture able-bodied men and force them into service.

    Once you involve coercion, it’s a simple function of “might is right”.

  8. “Once you involve coercion, it’s a simple function of “might is right”.”

    ECACTLY. And the left’s primary function is to come up with new and innovative “reasons” and rationalizations to use coercion. The first and foremost motivation is to use coercion, and the way to do that is through a massive, unending and ever-changing “marketing” campaign, getting as many people as possible, including most self-described “conservatives” to fall for the ruse. The result is that millions of Americans (and most other people around the world) actually believe that coercion is a GOOD thing, and that anyone who opposes it is evil, or stupid, or brainwashed, or all three.

  9. Tom Mauser’s father of one of the Columbine victims, I do believe. Not that it excuses his behavior…

  10. It’s been my experience that a group of like-minded individuals usually function better than a collective of forced members.
    Just my opinion.

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