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    ... From: Phil Webber To: TamiW ; ron Z ; Mark M ; joyb ; JAIL ; jericloutier ; jack@custompackaging.com ; paula baer ; MichaelW ; Kev&Theresa ; Dana ;
    Message 1 of 1 , Jul 19, 2000
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      Sent: Saturday, July 08, 2000 6:26 PM
      Subject: Fw: Where We're Headed

      How do you REALLY FEEL about this one?  Have you given ANY THOUGHT  to the
      apparent consequences?  Ron

      ----- Original Message -----
      From: The Republican <therepublican@...>
      To: <therepublican@...>
      Sent: Monday, June 26, 2000 11:14 PM
      Subject: Where We're Headed

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      > Where We're Headed
      > http://www.sierratimes.com/rwaters.htm
      > By Robert A. Waters - 06.23.00
      > You're sound asleep when you hear a thump outside your bedroom door.
      > Half-awake, and nearly paralyzed with fear, you hear muffled whispers. At
      > least two people have broken into your house and are moving your way.
      > With your heart pumping, you reach down beside your bed and pick up your
      > shotgun. You rack a shell into the chamber, then inch toward the door and
      > open it.
      > In the darkness, you make out two shadows. One holds a weapon
      > -- it looks like a crowbar.
      > When the intruder brandishes it as if to strike, you raise the shotgun and
      > fire. The blast knocks both thugs to the floor. One writhes and screams
      > while the second man crawls to the front door and lurches outside.
      > As you pick up the telephone to call police, you know you're in trouble.
      > your country, most guns were outlawed years before, and the few that are
      > privately owned are so stringently regulated as to make them useless.
      > was never registered.
      > Police arrive and inform you that the second burglar has died. They arrest
      > you for First Degree Murder and Illegal Possession of a Firearm.
      > When you talk to your attorney, he tells you not to worry: authorities
      > probably plea the case down to manslaughter. "What kind of sentence will I
      > get?" you ask. "Only ten-to-twelve years," he replies, as if that's
      > nothing. "Behave yourself, and you'll be out in seven."
      > The next day, the shooting is the lead story in the local newspaper.
      > Somehow, you're portrayed as an eccentric vigilante while the two men you
      > shot are represented as choir boys. Their friends and relatives can't find
      > an unkind word to say about them. Buried deep down in the article,
      > authorities acknowledge that both "victims" have been arrested numerous
      > times. But the next day's headline says it all: "Lovable Rogue Son Didn't
      > Deserve to Die." The thieves have been transformed from career criminals
      > into Robin Hood-type pranksters.
      > As the days wear on, the story takes wings. The national media picks it
      > then the international media.
      > The surviving burglar has become a folk hero. Your attorney says the thief
      > is preparing to sue you, and he'll probably win.
      > The media publishes reports that your home has been burglarized several
      > times in the past and that you've been critical of local police for their
      > lack of effort in apprehending the suspects. After the last break-in, you
      > told your neighbor that you would be prepared next time. The District
      > Attorney uses this to allege that you were lying in wait for the burglars.
      > A few months later, you go to trial. The charges haven't been reduced, as
      > your lawyer had so confidently predicted. When you take the stand, your
      > anger at the injustice of it all works against you. Prosecutors paint a
      > picture of you as a mean, vengeful man.
      > It doesn't take long for the jury to convict you of all charges.
      > The judge sentences you to life in prison.
      > This case really happened.
      > On August 22, 1999, Tony Martin of Emneth, Norfolk, England, killed one
      > burglar and wounded a second. In April, 2000, he was convicted and is now
      > serving a life term.
      > How did it become a crime to defend one's own life in the once-great
      > British Empire?
      > It started with the Pistols Act of 1903. This seemingly reasonable law
      > forbade selling pistols to minors or felons and established that handgun
      > sales were to be made only to those who had a license. The Firearms Act of
      > 1920 expanded licensing to include not only handguns but all firearms
      > except shotguns. Later laws passed in 1953 and 1967 outlawed the carrying
      > of any weapon by private citizens and mandated the registration of all
      > shotguns.
      > Momentum for total handgun confiscation began in earnest after the
      > Hungerford mass shooting in 1987. Michael Ryan, a mentally disturbed man
      > with a Kalashnikov rifle, walked down the streets shooting everyone he
      > When the smoke cleared, 17 people were dead.
      > The British public, already de-sensitized by eighty years of "gun
      > demanded even tougher restrictions. (The seizure of all privately owned
      > handguns was the objective even though Ryan used a rifle.)
      > Nine years later, at Dunblane, Scotland, Thomas Hamilton used a
      > semi-automatic weapon to murder 16 children and a teacher at a public
      > For many years, the media had portrayed all gun owners as mentally
      > unstable, or worse, criminals. Now the press had a real kook with which to
      > beat up law-abiding gun owners. Day after day, week after week, the media
      > gave up all pretense of objectivity and demanded a total ban on all
      > handguns. The Dunblane Inquiry, a few months later, sealed the fate of the
      > few sidearms still owned by private citizens.
      > During the years in which the British government incrementally took away
      > most gun rights, the notion that a citizen had the right to armed
      > self-defense came to be seen as vigilantism. Authorities refused to grant
      > gun licenses to people who were threatened, claiming that self-defense was
      > no longer considered a reason to own a gun. Citizens who shot burglars or
      > robbers or rapists were charged while the real criminals were released.
      > Indeed, after the Martin shooting, a police spokesman was quoted as
      > "We cannot have people take the law into their own hands."
      > All of Martin's neighbors had been robbed numerous times, and several
      > elderly people were severely injured in beatings by young thugs who had no
      > fear of the consequences. Martin himself, a collector of antiques, had
      > most of his collection trashed or stolen by burglars.
      > When the Dunblane Inquiry ended, citizens who owned handguns were given
      > three months to turn them over to local authorities. Being good British
      > subjects, most people obeyed the law. The few who didn't were visited by
      > police and threatened with ten-year prison sentences if they didn't
      > Police later bragged that they'd taken nearly 200,000 handguns from
      > citizens.
      > How did the authorities know who had handguns?
      > The guns had been registered and licensed. Kinda like cars.
      > Sound familiar?
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      > Necessarily Endorsed By The Sender - A.K. Pritchard]
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      >  Mr. President, it is natural to man to indulge
      > in the illusions of hope. We are apt to shut our
      > eyes against a painful truth, and listen to the
      > song of that siren till she transforms us into
      > beasts. Is this the part of wise men, engaged
      > in a great and arduous struggle for liberty?
      > Are we disposed to be of the numbers of those
      > who, having eyes, see not, and, having ears,
      > hear not, the things which so nearly concern
      > their temporal salvation? For my part, whatever
      > anguish of spirit it may cost, I am willing to know
      > the whole truth, to know the worst, and to provide
      > for it.
      > Patrick Henry - Give Me Liberty Or Give Me Death
      > March 23, 1775
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