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"Run by a gun zealot who's too blinded by the NRA" - Sam Penney of

Tuesday, February 17, 2004

More Light Postings

We watched The Pianist last night. Excellent movie if you haven't seen it. I was really impressed with the fortitude exhibited by both the Jews and Poles in battling their Nazi oppressors.

One thing that is striking to me (and which I will write more on later) is how important the private (and unregistered) ownership of firearms truly is. It took only a few members of the Jewish resistance with firearms to halt the resettlement (read: extermination) of the Warsaw Jewish population. Once the Hungarians got their act together, they too were able to effectively strike back at the Germans.

True, both resistance movements failed to remove the Germans (it took the Russian and American Armies to do that). But, they were able to cause significant confusion amongst the Nazi military machine and when faced with certain death, at least died with dignity and after taking out scores of Nazi's too. Those who refused to rise up were killed anyway.

The Israelis seem to understand this (both in the high rates of firearms ownership amongst its citizens and in their efforts to disarm the Palestinians) but shockingly far fewer Jewish American's than would be expected do. One look at the leadership and top funders of the nation's gun grabbing lobby (or simply just the democratic party) show striking levels of Jewish support for suppressing the right to keep and bear arms. It is mindboggling.

Thankfully, this of course isn't the position of the entire Jewish population (indeed, I don't know if it is even the position of the Jewish majority) but the number of high profile Jewish cultural leaders (hypocrites like Steven Spielberg (who is a well known gun collector and fan of so called assault weapons but wants to restrict their availability to the little people) and Diane Feinstein (who carries a handgun but wants to deny that right to the rest of the nation) who should know better) that continue to fight for disarmament really shows a fundamental lack of historical knowledge.

As the old saying goes, those who fail to learn from history are doomed to repeat it (or something like that).

Anyway, since we were up pretty late last night (we went to bed at (2:00 am) and I've got lots to do at work, blogging will be pretty light today. I will try to put up the Monday Song Lyric at lunchtime though.


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