Monday, April 23, 2007

USA: The Cowboy State

The second amendment to the U.S. Constitution referred to the right of a militia to hold arms when the militia was the new country's early form of self-defense. The United States is not the Wild West anymore; yet by insisting on the gun as a symbol of individual rights, we confirm the world's caricature of America as a violent cowboy state.

Julia Sweig
Friendly Fire, Losing Friends and Making Enemies in the Anti-American Century
Public Affairs, New York, 2006

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JG: As long as the economic elites that run our country continue to insist on their right to make a fast buck at pawn shops, many more Virginia Tech massacres will occur.

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