Saturday, January 26, 2013

WHY ARE AMERICANS ARMING UP? A Supreme Court Justice and a Despot Explain

In the last two months, Americans have purchased enough weapons to outfit the entire Chinese and Indian armies combined.

We are in danger of forgetting that the Bill of Rights reflects experience with police excesses. It is not only under Nazi rule that police excesses are inimical to freedom. It is easy to make light of insistence on scrupulous regard for the safeguards of civil liberties when invoked on behalf of the unworthy. It is too easy.

History bears testimony that by such disregard are the rights of liberty extinguished, heedlessly at first, then stealthily, and brazenly in the end.

--Supreme Court Justice Felix Frankfurter

The most foolish mistake we could possibly make would be to allow the subject races to possess arms. History shows that all conquerors who have allowed their subject races to carry arms have prepared their own downfall by so doing.

--Adolph Hitler

Via: Stephen P. Halbrook (PDF).


Anonymous said...


Simple. To protect themselves from Obama's sons, Holder's people (who are statistically the criminal class) and from those (elected or not) who would infringe and trespass upon their God-given and Constitution-recognized rights.

H.R. Samuel

The MUSEman said...

Obama's actions remind me of a Stalin quote:

"We don't let them have ideas. Why would we let them have guns? -- Joseph Stalin, Premier, Union of Soviet Socialists Republic

...while 2nd Amendment defenders remind me of a Bushism:

"Just remember it's the birds that's supposed to suffer, not the hunter." -- George W. Bush, 43rd US President, Jan. 22, 2004

FYI: Photos from the Hartford CT Gun Rights rally on Jan 19, 2013

Thanks for reading!

Unknown said...


Have a recollection of a film based on an event in Texas(?) where the citizens rose against the police. This film had Gary Sinise in it and was trying to find the name of the film as it describes what the judge said about police excesses.
Do you know about this film?

K-Bob said...

I had to look up Justice Frankfurter.

Sounds like a made up name. But he served from Roosevelt thru 1962.

There's a document on the web written by Dr. Peter Beter, having to do with possible "missing" gold from Fort Knox. Evidently he's not a made up name, either.

Unfortunate name, perhaps. But there you are.

Anonymous said...

"Among the many misdeeds of British rule in India, history will look upon the Act depriving a whole nation of arms as the blackest."
Mohandas Gandhi, an Autobiography, page 446.

Anonymous said...

Not Texas.
Athens TN, 1946.