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Jeffrey R. Snyder, Robert L. Ruble, Sheldon Richman


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"Is your life worth protecting?

If so, whose responsibility is it to protect it? ...

How can you rightfully ask another human being

to risk his life to protect yours,

when you will assume no responsibility yourself?"

-- Jeffrey R. Snyder

American attorney, author

Source: A Nation of Cowards, 113 Public Interest (Fall 1993).


"In March, 1982, Kennesaw, Georgia, passed a mandatory gun ownership ordinance which requires all heads of households to own a firearm -- handgun, rifle or shotgun. In 1982, our crime against persons, which include murder, rape, armed robbery, aggravated assault and residential burglary, decreased 74%. In 1983 these same crimes decreased [an additional] 46%. ... I would also like you to be aware that our population has increased in excess of 20% since 1982. We have had no accidents nor incidents involving our citizens with regards to firearms. ... It is a pleasure to see our senior citizens strolling the streets at night without fear of becoming a victim of violent crime."

-- Robert L. Ruble

Chief of Police, Kennesaw, Georgia

Source: November 5, 1984, unpublished letter to Ann Landers


"If you own your life, then you have the right to defend yourself against anyone who would deprive you of it. ... And, if you have the right of self-defense, it follows that you have the right to act ... to obtain means appropriate to that defense. That brings us to firearms, particularly the handgun, which so many people would outlaw. The handgun has been called the equalizer ..., and for good reason. It affords smaller, weaker people the chance to defend themselves against bigger, stronger people who threaten them. Handguns offer the otherwise defenseless a convenient, practical, inexpensive method of safeguarding themselves and their families. Banishing handguns -- even if the big and strong were also denied them -- would leave the small and the weak defenseless."

-- Sheldon Richman

V.P. of Future of Freedom Foundation, author

Source: The Right to Life Equals the Right to Possess Firearms, The Tyranny of Gun Control, 40 (Future of Freedom Foundation 1997).


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