I'm currently reading a very interesting book, "The Founders' Second Ammendment, Origins of the Right to Bear Arms" by Stephen P. Halbrook. It is kind of a slow read compared to "Ted, White and Blue", by Ted Nugent that I reported on last. I thought you might all appreciate this paragraph written by Italian Ceasar Beccaria prior to the Revolutionary War found in Thomas Jefferson's "Commonplace Book".

"False is the idea of utility that sacrifices a thousand real advantages for one imaginary or triffling inconvenience; that would take fire from men because it burns, and water because one may drown in it; that has no remedy for evils, except destruction. The laws that forbid the crrying of arms are laws of such nature. They disarm only those who are neither inclined nor determined to commit crimes. Can it be supposed that those who have the courage to violate the most sacred laws of humanity, the most important of the code, will respect the less important and arbitrary ones, which can be violated with ease and impunity, and which, if strictly obeyed, would put and end to personal liberty - so dear to men, so dear to the enlightened legislator - and subject innocent persons to all the vexations that the guilty alone ought to suffer? Such laws make things worse for the assaulted and better for the assailants; they serve rather to encourage than to prevent homicides, for an unarmed man may be attacked with greater confidence than an armed man. They ought to be designated as laws not preventive but fearful of crimes, produced by the tumultuous impression of a few isolated facts, and not by thoughtful consideration of the inconveniences and advantages of universal decree."

100s of years later and our elected officials still can't understand this????

Jim