Quote of the day—Stephen P. Halbrook

Tyrants, conquerors, and dictators of every breed disarm their subjects in order to dominate and exploit them. It’s an iron law of history.

Stephen P. Halbrook
September 6, 2019
Recalling the Tragic History of Gun Control
[I have nothing to add.—Joe]

4 thoughts on “Quote of the day—Stephen P. Halbrook

  1. Of course! That’s why it was outlawed in this country (second amendment) and it’s why our government ignores the law. There’s really nothing nothing more to it whatsoever. Therefore, the extent to which we allow ourselves to get bogged down in the various sets of details and statistics is the extent to which we miss the singular point and are dragged off-topic.

  2. Yes, as iron clad a law as supply and demand. And just like the 2A, a tyrant trying to, or crossing those thresholds are perfect milestones with which to gage societies place in the seemingly eternal cycle of ignorance.
    Those in charge are criminals. And not to be obeyed.
    “Traitor Joe”, Biden and crew are just the latest version of the worst traits of human nature.
    Mr. Holbrook should also mention equally iron clad is the law of human resistance. The more a tyrant pushes. The more resistance he will receive.
    And that it will always end badly for them. But even if it didn’t.
    What profit to gain the whole world, and lose one’s soul?

  3. I think it was in his book “That every man be armed” (get it and read it if you haven’t yet!) where there is a mention of a medieval practice, going back 1000 years or so: when a slave was freed, his former master would give him a spear and a shield as tokens of his freedom, because free men are armed and slaves are not.

  4. The other thing that tyrants always do is strangle “unauthorized” communication among those they oppress. Technology changes but the urge to power doesn’t. We have the 1A as well as the 2A but lately the tyrants are outsourcing suppression of communication to their ideological companions in the private sector. It is the equivalent of gun-free zones implemented by private actors (sometimes with the power to make violating their signs and policies a criminal offense.)

    There is a feedback loop between private actors violating the 1A and the 2A where a tactic successful on one front is tried on the other front. These private actors, increasingly, are a bigger threat to liberty than the government is because they are not constrained by law where government sometimes is. We need to give attention to private actors as well as the government. I have concluded that conservative lawfare, using the criminal law, is the only way to get this done.

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