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April 19, 2007

Patriots, Politicians and Guns

"Any politician who won't trust you with the weapon of your choice clearly cannot be trusted with the power he desires over your life."- Alexander Hope in the novel Hope

Today is April 19, also known as Patriots' Day in New England. On this day in 1775, the "shot heard 'round the world" took place at Lexington, as colonists defended their firearms from British confiscation. http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/amex/patriotsday/timeline/index.html

Nearly two centuries later on this date, Nazi troops entered the Warsaw Ghetto to anniliate the Jews interred there. This spurred an uprising by the armed Jews that held off the German army for nearly a month. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Warsaw_Ghetto_Uprising (you can read about the uprising in the words of SS Brigadefuhrer Jurgen Stroop -- who commanded the Nazi operation -- at www.jpfo.org/stroop.htm) .

Today is quietly dramatic in its own way. KnoxNews reports that the Tennesse legislature voted to repeal a state law that forbids the carrying of handguns on government property ( http://www.knoxnews.com/kns/state/article/0,1406,KNS_348_5491437,00.html ). Tennessee "gets" the Second Amendment. It's about the right to protect yourself without restriction.

And any politician who doesn't understand that simply can't be trusted.

- The Liberty Crew


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