Monday, November 2, 2009

Quote for the Day

"A gun is a tool, Marion, no better or no worse than any other tool, an axe, a shovel or anything. A gun is as good or as bad as the man using it. Remember that." ==- Shane


  1. That should be added into the 2nd Amendment as a reminder to those who want to end it: that this is a free country among equals.
    If they cannot trust the common man, their fellow citizens, to be armed with a weapon, then they should go and live in a country with a Totalitarian Government like China or North Korea where they can have their betters tell them whether they can defend themsleves or not.
    I think I know what Aaron Copeland thought of his fellow equals with this music that was dedicated to all of us. The Americans.

  2. That is a sentiment I've shared with many people over the years. Instead of enlightening them, it just reminded me that some people are even afraid of tools...

  3. Good quote, and GREAT new header.

  4. Best western ever.

    So you're Jack Wilson... I've heard of you.

    What have you heard Shane?

    I heard you were a lowdown Yankee liar.

    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 as 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.

    -Jeff Cooper

  5. Which is why Shane is one of my favoritest books ever, one of the five I would save from my collection if I even had to evacuate.

  6. One of my very favorite quotes, Brigid...

  7. One of the best movies ever! And a very cogent comment that we would do well to impress upon people today.

  8. Love that movie... and dig the new header too :)

  9. I think one of the things that bother hoplophobes is that guns seem to be more than just tools to many of us. And there's some truth to this perception.

    We don't see blogs and fora devoted to hammers or levels or saws (I don't think - I haven't looked for any). We don't come across people rhapsodizing over a particularly well-crafted set of chisels or drill sets (well, maybe the chisels).

    Then again, we don't have people trying to take our hammers, chisels, saws and drills away from us.

    Is it a chicken/egg thing? Maybe at some level, but I think there's more here than maybe even we are ready to address.

    I may do so one of these days on my blog, but I want to ponder it some more.

  10. This struck me a month ago or so when watching a vid on malfunction drills.

    He manhandled the things one after another and it struck me that I was always treating them like delicate pieces of art.

  11. I've been thinking about hunting up that movie.
    But forgot that quote was in it.
    Now I have another reason to find it.

  12. You can never have to many tools. Buy the best you can afford, and learn to use them.

    See Ya

  13. Brigid,

    I read once that Allan Lad, ( Shane) was so short, he needed turn ups on his underpants! Do you suppose that's true?

    RE the Phantom bomber. There is supposed to be another one in the county of Linconshire, in eastern England.

    During WW2 most of the RAF bomber airfields were in the flat country of Lincs, and sadly, many bomber crews died as their aircraft crashed onto the runway in flames, after having been shot up over the Rhine.
    Perhaps a few lost souls linger there still?

    I was going to post you some black lab photos, but unfortunately couldn't find an e-mail address on your site.

    If you want to know more about the Lincs phantom bomber, let me know, and I'll fill you in, ( so to speak).

    Great blog. Please keep it up



  14. Matt: ...some people are even afraid of tools...

    It's the tools in Washington that worry me.


  15. markof. . - ha!

    Love the movie, need to see if I can find it on CD.


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