1993-05-24 - Re: Police protection

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From: mbriceno@aol.com
To: cypherpunks@toad.com
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UTC Datetime: 1993-05-24 02:18:38 UTC
Raw Date: Sun, 23 May 93 19:18:38 PDT

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From: mbriceno@aol.com
Date: Sun, 23 May 93 19:18:38 PDT
To: cypherpunks@toad.com
Subject: Re: Police protection
Message-ID: <9305232219.tn33171@aol.com>
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> I've never felt safer than in such places [where lawabiding citezens are
armed], and most would say 
>   most such places are desirable, compared to say Washington DC 
>   or New York where guns have been outlawed for ages. Except for 
>   of course, those in the hands of the state and the criminals. 
>   Why in the world would you say otherwise? -- 
> I think because he's thinking of places like Beirut, Somalia, Bosnia,
> and so on. You know -- places without any effective central
> government.

Perhaps my post needed some clarification:
I do not believe that a lawfull governmental police force becomes
unneccessary once we hand every citizen a gun.
Just as the police can not grant an unarmed public's security, an armed
populace alone is no guarantee for safe streets. Only the combination of a
well prepared public working together with a responsible government can make
our lifes truely safe from infringementes by anti-social individuals. I
beleive that if people were allowed to used crypto in all communication and
carry a gun at all times, crime-be it street crime or white collar- would be
reduced to levels far below the present rate.