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Tuesday, December 14, 1999
By Smokey Briggs
Sam Colt made
If it weren't so serious Clinton's national lawsuit against gun manufacturers
would make for a good laugh.
The suit accuses gun manufacturers of selling defective products and
marketing them in ways that increase the likelihood they will be used to
Nothing contained in this suit is anything more than garbled double-speak.
It is a perverted attempt to accomplish through the civil justice system
what was not accomplished through the legislative system.
The judge should levy charges for filing a frivolous lawsuit at every
attorney working for the government on this thing.
First of all, the government is not complaining that the guns do not
work, despite the fact that it is a "defective products" case. The actual
complaint is that guns work very well. Somehow, this is bad.
Lets face it, guns are for killing things.
Yes, you can have great fun shooting targets, and I highly recommend
it as a means of sharpening your skills, but a gun's sole function in the
world is to end something's life. It is a tool. A tool used to kill things.
This is one point the Second Amendment crowd has missed the boat on.
In a misguided attempt to make guns more acceptable they have downplayed
the true nature of a firearm.
Second, how would you market a machine meant to kill things in a way
that makes it LESS likely to be used in a crime by a criminal?
I can see the advertisement now, "This isn't your dad's firearm _ because
it's not nearly as effective as the one we sold back then."
Yeah, you'll sell a bunch of that model.
So, it is a Catch 22. You can't market a firearm as being effective
without subjecting your company to claims by the federal government that
your product is defective _ because it is effective.
Somehow, after seven years of Clinton, I can say that and barely blink.
The problem with all of this, other than the mind-bending logic required
to arrive at the above conclusion, is the underlying, yet unspoken foundation
_ the concept that somehow we can end crime if criminals can't get a firearm.
Of course, to prevent this, our friendly neighbors and governors will
need to prevent law-abiding citizens from owning firearms too.
What no one has explained to me, is how this prevents crime.
It seems to me, all we have managed to do is take a big step backward
First, every disarmament scheme ever concocted has failed to get guns
out of the hands of the criminals. (Although, each scheme has been very
effective in getting guns out of the hands of the law-abiding).
Second, just suppose that you could take up all of the guns. Then what?
Then your friendly neighborhood rapist/murderer/thug will go get the
next best weapon _ a club, hammer, knife, axe, etc…
Then he selects his victim. Probably, he won't select the biggest, meanest,
toughest, club-carrying guy on the street.
No, he's going to come after some guy like me. Somebody he is stronger
than, faster than, and more coordinated than. All these years I was learning
how to spell (trying) he was practicing with his club.
So, now I try to defend myself against Mr. Thug-with-the-club.
Guess the probable result?
No thanks. I'll stick with my firearm. It takes some practice, but physical
stature, health, strength etc… are a lot less important with a firearm.
As the old western adage goes, "God may have created all men, but Sam
Colt made them equal."
There is a lot of truth to that, and the less physical of a person you
are, the more it holds true.
Making all of the guns disappear (which you can't) won't put a dent
in crime or even the murder rate. It will give criminals a new advantage
though and make crime a lot more attractive.
It will be one more step away from civilization and back toward the
I won't even get into the necessity of armed citizens when the people
find it necessary to revolt against their government's oppression and tyranny.
EDITOR'S NOTE: Smokey Briggs is the Editor and Publisher of the
Pecos Enterprise whose column appears on each Tuesdays. He can be e-mailed
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