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1 Two Tales of One City Myths & Truths Regarding Gun Control

2 A Tale of Two Cities – Charles Dickens It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair,

3 we had everything before us, we had nothing before us, we were all going direct to Heaven, we were all going direct the other way-- in short, the period was so far like the present period, that some of its noisiest authorities insisted on its being received, for good or for evil, in the superlative degree of comparison only.

4 The 1 st Tale of One City The Place - Aurora, Colorado The Location - a theater full of people attending the premiere of the latest Batman movie The time – 12:38am, July 20 th, 2012 The Perpetrator – James Egan Holmes The Victims – 12 dead, at least 50 injured and wounded The Tragedy – No one was armed to defend themselves The Impact – Millions mourn and grieve and leaders of government once again promote gun control and how it would have prevented this horrible tragedy

5 The 2 nd Tale of One City The Place – Aurora, Colorado The Location – a local church building The Date – April 22, 2012 The Perpetrator – 29-year-old Kiarron Parker, a convicted felon just out of jail The Victims – one congregant and the shooter himself who was killed by a congregant carry a gun The Tragedy – one innocent human life The Impact – Because the perpetrator was able to claim only one life before being killed himself by someone carrying a gun and acting in self-defense, it garnered relatively little publicity

6 2 nd Amendment “A well regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.”

7 “I ask, Sir, what is the militia? It is the whole people. To disarm the people is the best and most effectual way to enslave them.” George Mason

8 “So these are the people who stand at the front lines, guarding America against its lunatic mass murderers? Clerks at Wal- Mart. Clerks at sporting goods stores. Minimum-wage cashiers....”

9 George Washington “Firearms stand next in importance to the constitution itself. They are the American people's liberty teeth and keystone under independence … from the hour the Pilgrims landed to the present day, events, occurrences and tendencies prove that to ensure peace security and happiness, the rifle and pistol are equally indispensable … the very atmosphere of firearms anywhere restrains evil interference — they deserve a place of honor with all that's good.”

10 “Laws that forbid the carrying of arms...disarm only those who are neither inclined nor determined to commit crimes... 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.” Thomas Jefferson

11 “Are we at last brought to such humiliating and debasing degradation, that we cannot be trusted with arms for our defense? Where is the difference between having our arms in possession and under our direction and having them under the management of Congress? If our defense be the real object of having those arms, in whose hands can they be trusted with more propriety, or equal safety to us, as in our own hands?” Patrick Henry

12 “The supposed quietude of a good man allures the ruffian; while on the other hand arms, like laws, discourage and keep the invader and plunderer in awe, and preserve order in the world as property. The same balance would be preserved were all the world destitute of arms, for all would be alike; but since some will not, others dare not lay them aside … Horrid mischief would ensue were the law- abiding deprived of the use of them.” Thomas Paine

13 “Those who hammer their guns into plowshares will plow for those who do not.” Thomas Jefferson

14 “The down-side of ‘gun control’ is genocide. There have been at least seven major genocides in [the 20th] century, involving million victims, using conservative estimates. In every case, a “gun control” law was in force before the genocide began.”

15 GovernmentDateTargetKilled (est.) Ottoman (Turkey) Armenians1-1.5 M Soviet Union Anti-Communists20 M Nazi Germany Jews, Gypsies13 M China Anti-Communists20 M Guatemala Mayans100 K Uganda Christians300 K Cambodia Educated1 M

16 Objective #1: “The disbanding of all national armed forces and the prohibition of their reestablishment in any form whatsoever other than those required to preserve internal order and for contributions to a United Nations Peace Force”

17 “A world effectively controlled by the United Nations is one in which “world government” would come about through the establishment of supranational institutions, characterized by universal membership and some ability to employ physical force. Effective control would thus entail a preponderance of political power in the hands of a supranational organization rather than in individual units, and would assume the effective operation of a general disarmament agreement.”

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19 “When the people fear the government there is tyranny. When the government fears the people there is liberty.” Thomas Jefferson


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