“Neither despise, nor oppose, what thou dost not understand.” –William Penn, Some Fruits of Solitude
[America would be a much more comfortable and wonderful place if the tree of liberty was truly allowed to flourish without people attacking the branches that they dislike for lack of understanding. It is amazing the number of people who would wish the Gun Culture away because the do no understand it and cannot fathom why it would exist.
Even more though than the what William Penn wrote, I submit the following change, “Neither despise, nor oppose, what dost not affect thou.” That which affects you must be an actuality, not a potentiality. For just because a bat could be used in a brutal assault, should not cause them to be outlawed from possession.
Why does the government prevent me from using a suppressor for my own benefit? Because someone else at some other time despised it, opposed it, and outlawed it. True criminals still have the pleasure of use, but I as a law abiding citizen have been robbed of this branch of liberty by those who do not understand it. May new fertilizer come to the tree of liberty, that it may grow and flourish again. -B]