View Full Version : Such laws make things worse...

04-19-2007, 11:47 AM
Found a snipet of this quote in one thread here on calguns...

Here is IMO a great quote:


"False is the idea of utility that sacrifices a thousand real advantages for one imaginary or trifling 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 carrying of arms are laws of such a 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 an end to personal liberty... 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 a universal decree."

04-19-2007, 1:20 PM
the latest analogy i've been using is:

if the guy in Virginia Tech torched the school, would you ban matches to prevent future acts of arson? Or would you just ban those deadly assault lighters?

04-19-2007, 3:37 PM
Thats a very good analogy. The quote is from Cesare Beccaria as translated by Thomas Jefferson in 1764!

04-19-2007, 3:43 PM
And it happens to my favorite of all of them. :)

Bad Voodoo
04-19-2007, 6:16 PM
Our next revolution in this country should be political - find whomever holds the ideology of our forefathers dear in practice and vote them into office one after the other until our Republic has been saved.

Thomas Jefferson, and peers, have to be among the most brilliant minds this planet has ever been blessed with. You start to realize it once you research their documents and quotes. It's one of the few things in life that truly astound me. Truly incomprehensible vs. today's political standard.