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Never forget those who have given their lives for our liberty.

John Dean “Jeff” Cooper 1920-2006


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 of 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.  John Dean “Jeff” Cooper 1920-2006