September 20, 2004

Banning Assault Weapons a Slippery Slope

On my daily commute to Union station I was reading about this American hunter who thinks America should allow the private ownership on assault weapons and will not vote for Kerry because Kerry supports the ban. This man argued that banning assault weapons, under Kerry, will lead to the banning if handguns and rifles and then probably anything that can be used to hunt or defend yourself. Essentially this man believes Kerry will enter the U.S. into a slippery-slope. He even said that if that is allowed to happen, the U.S. will be more like CANADA. I must have missed the memo that said Canadians couldn't own any guns and I guess that means my father owns contraband! Actually, it is more likely that this hunter missed the statistic reports that there are actuslly more guns per capita in Canada then there are in the U.S. (despite us not being able to own assault weapons).

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Quotes from people smarter than me...

"If a free society cannot help the many who are poor, it cannot save the few who are rich" ~ JFK

"Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter. " ~ Martin Luther King Jr.

"Those who would give up essential liberty to purchase a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety. " ~ Benjamin Franklin

"First it is necessary to stand on your own two feet. But the minute a man finds himself in that position, the next thing he should do is reach out his arms. " ~ Kristin Hunter

"When you're a mayor and you have a problem you blame the provincial government. If you are provincial government and you have a problem you blame the federal government. We don't blame the Queen any more, so once in a while we might blame the Americans." ~ Jean Chretien

"Which is ideology? Which not? You shall know them by their assertion of truth, their contempt for considered reflection, and their fear of debate." ~ John Ralston Saul

"It is undoubtedly easier to believe in absolutes, follow blindly, mouth received wisdom. But that is self-betrayal." ~ John Ralston Saul

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