Re: MD quality religion

From: Platt Holden (
Date: Fri Mar 19 2004 - 13:19:56 GMT

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    Leland wrote:

    > >>Your much-vaunted
    > >>constitution also guarantees the "Right to Bear Arms" which, arguably, is
    > >>a major player in the number of gun deaths in the US.
    > >>
    > >>
    > >
    Platt responded:
    > >One of Hitler's first moves when he took power was to make possession
    >> of
    > >arms by citizens illegal. Dictators never want to see their citizens
    > >exercising self-defense.
    > >
    > Whoa there. I wasn't starting a gun/anti-gun debate. Also, you've just
    > invoked Godwin's Law (but I won't hold that against you ;^{)> )
    > Godwin's Law: /prov./ [Usenet] "As a Usenet discussion grows
    > longer, the probability of a comparison involving Nazis or Hitler
    > approaches one." There is a tradition in many groups that, once
    > this occurs, that thread is over, and whoever mentioned the Nazis
    > has automatically lost whatever argument was in progress. Godwin's Law
    > thus practically guarantees the existence of an upper bound on thread
    > length in those groups.
    > - The Jargon File (

    Guess I should have used Stalin who was a worse dictator than Hitler in
    terms of number of people slaughtered in the name of "the public good."
    Would you say Godwin is a Pirsig fan? :-)


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