A Nurse with a Gun

Tuesday, October 17, 2006

Jeff Cooper on Weapons

"Weapons are the tools of power. In the hands of the state, they can be the tools of decency or the tools of oppression, depending on the righteousness that state. In the hands of criminals, they are the tools of evil. In the hands of the free and decent citizen, they should be the tools of liberty. Weapons compound man's power to achieve whatever purpose he may have. They amplify the capabilities of both the good man and the bad, and to exactly the same degree., having no will of their own. Thus, we must regard them as servants, not masters--and good servants of good men. Without them, man is diminished, and his opportunities to fulfill his destiny are lessened. An unarmed man can only flee from evil, and evil is not overcome by fleeing from it."

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5 Comments:

Blogger Mushy said...

Thanks. I needed that.

Still missing Jeff.

2:41 PM  
Blogger alpineman said...

The Col. Cooper quotations are superb. Keep 'em coming!

3:03 PM  
Anonymous cleanhead said...

So clearly said that even a hoplophobic liberal sack should be able to comprehend.

7:54 PM  
Anonymous Keith said...

Got to paraphrase (don't know mandarin, and don't have the quote in front of me);

Mao made a simillar argument in a speech.

"all things come out of the barrel of a gun... freedom, education, justice... but the party will control the guns, not the guns controlling the party"

That last bit is probably a big part in the 70 million odd deaths (murders) attributable to the little bastards regime.

ps, didn't see much of Cooper's stuff when he was alive, but appreciate seeing it now.

10:34 AM  
Anonymous Mike said...

Think I've read all of Cooper's books, including his biogaphy written by his daughter. All are excellent and enjoyable reads.
You will feel that he wrote because he loved telling what he felt others would enjoy and benefit from hearing.

11:26 PM  

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