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Posted: 3/13/2001 4:53:15 PM EDT
Email fwd from Montana shooting sports Assn.: Dear MSSA Friends, Thought this might interest you. Gary ===================== March 13, 2001 Steve Woodruff, Editorial Page Editor Missoulian P.O. Box 8029 Missoula, Montana 59807 Dear Steve, A Sunday Missoulian letter writer asks the somewhat skewed question of why gun owners love firearms. The Missoulian editorial takes an admirable stab at answering that question, but falls a bit short. Let me add three points. Before the Civil War, the U.S. Supreme Court wrote an opinion in Sanford v. Scott. The court was required to determine if Dred Scott, a slave petitioning for his freedom in a state that didn't allow slavery, was legally a slave or a free man. Considering the status of Scott, the court enunciated one historic truth that an easily identifiable difference between a slave and a free man is that a slave is never allowed to possess arms, and a free man may not be debarred possessing arms. Thus, possessing arms is in all times a badge of freedom, and the antithesis of slavery. Also, it has been demonstrated by all contemporary and significant studies that in states where there is a high incidence of gun ownership by law abiding adults, and where the state has liberal concealed weapon permit laws, the people of the state (e.g., Montana) suffer under a dramatically reduced level of violent, interpersonal crimes such as murder, rape and robbery. Further, everyone benefits from this reduced victimization, even non-gun owners, when law abiding and competent people are armed. Last, Col Jeff Cooper, in "The Art of the Rifle", says, "It is a tool of power, and thus dependent completely on the moral stature of its user. It is equally useful in securing meat for the table, destroying group enemies on the battlefield, and resisting tyranny. In fact, it is the only means of resisting tyranny, because a citizenry armed with rifles simply cannot be tyrannized." Most Montana people understand these principles intuitively, and don't need to ask "Why do you love your guns?" Sincerely, Gary Marbut, president Montana Shooting Sports Association P.O. Box 4924 Missoula, Montana 59806 cont. in part II
Link Posted: 3/13/2001 5:58:02 PM EDT
Sounds like a great place to live.
Link Posted: 3/13/2001 6:22:46 PM EDT
Wish I could say it that well. Great stuff.
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