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Summer reading: Sorry, no elves or unicorns

Summer reading: Sorry, no elves or unicorns
by Vin Suprynowicz

This was the week Democratic heir-apparent Al Gore called for the government registration -- photo ID cards, fingerprinting, the whole nine yards -- of every handgun owner in America.

Of course, in a careful minuet, Mr. Gore thus carved out a victim disarmament position slightly more "moderate" than that of his Democratic rival, former New Jersey Sen. and NBA Power Forward Bill Bradley, who surely remembers how to execute the old picket fence.

Mr. Bradley calls for the federal registration of every single firearm, historically the last step before confiscation. Presto: Gore the "Moderate."

Regular readers will not be distracted by the fancy ball-handling. This has nothing to do with "reducing crime" -- crime rates are now falling everywhere, except among police officers, who are now getting dismissed at record rates for torturing and murdering innocent "civilians." (But we wouldn't want to disarm them, surely?)

Rather, the goal here is to divide America into two classes. One class will be our rulers and their armed minions, who will dress in battle gear and carry assault rifles and instruct us in our new duties while being "protected by a mock Trial, from Punishment for any Murders which they should commit on the Inhabitants of these States."

The second class will be the rest of us -- the tax-paying, disarmed serfs.

It was in this context that I sat down to come up with this year's "Summer Reading List," where regular readers will know better than to expect any escapist romps soon to star Harrison Ford in a multiplex near you. (What is with this "Tom Clancy" guy, anyway? Is that actually an individual, or some sort of collective brand name, like "Pillsbury," or "Smith & Wesson"?)

If you haven't read it in 35 years, the most important book you can pick up this summer, as we contemplate an America where the armed government goons will soon gather unrestricted power to have their way with us, is Leon Uris' classic novel of the Jews of the Warsaw ghetto, "Mila 18."

What abuses, indignities, and outright tortures will a peaceful people endure before they finally take up arms in a desperate struggle against tyranny? (One would be tempted to call it "a hopeless struggle," though in fact the ability of a handful of untrained civilians to hold off battle hardened units of the Wehrmacht for two months in the Warsaw ghetto in 1943 stunned the world, and was in large measure responsible for the fact that an armed and free state of Israel was even judged feasible.)

The Bantam paperback edition of "Mila 18" is readily available.

Not so easy to find, yet, is the thinner new novel "The Mitzvah," by Aaron Zelman of Jews for the Preservation of Firearms Ownership ("Lethal Laws"), and by veteran novelist and Second Amendment advocate L. Neil Smith ("Pallas," "The Probability Broach.") "The Mitzvah" recounts the tale of middle-aged Chicago Catholic priest John Greenwood, who discovers he is actually a Jewish Holocaust orphan, a revelation that forces him to rethink many of his "received" opinions, including the notion that the best solution to an increasingly violent urban America is further victim disarmament.

Mind you, in competition for a permanent place in the literary pantheon, "Mila 18" is the heavyweight. But if you're looking for an outreach tool for folks who might find a modest 243 pages more easily digestible, "The Mitzvah" is $10.95 postpaid from JPFO, P.O. Box 270143, Hartford, Wisc. 53027.

On the non-fiction front, we would be remiss not to mention that the work of Jim Bovard ("The Fair Trade Fraud") keeps getting better. In his latest hardcover, "Freedom in Chains" ($26.95, St. Martin's Press), Jim seems almost ready to join the radicals, declaring:

"The achievements of government will be forever limited by the primary tool of government -- coercion. ... The people are irrevocably labeled as 'free' until the government completely wrecks the economy or slaughters a statistically significant percentage of the population. People have worshipped government too long. ... At this point, marginal reforms should suffice only for those who believe citizens deserve marginal lives -- lives consisting of what politicians choose not to confiscate and bureaucrats deign not to prohibit. To be overgoverned means lives thwarted, hopes dashed, creativity suppressed, potential squandered, character subverted, and dignity destroyed."

By George, I think he's got it.

Finally, in the video aisle, producer Mike McNulty (the Academy Award-nominated documentary "Waco: The Rules of Engagement") reports September is now the target date for release of his sequel, "Waco: A New Revelation," which promises further documentation of the purposeful use of government snipers to keep women and children trapped in the burning building on the day of the Branch Davidians' final incineration, while federal agents blocked access to fire engines. (A federal judge in Texas ruled this month those very charges have sufficient credibility to go forward at trial, with sniper Lon Horiuchi -- the killer of Vicky Weaver -- as a named defendant.)


Vin Suprynowicz is one of the most articulate spokesmen serving on the front lines of the Freedom Movement we have. Vin's timely and well written articles are syndicated in newspapers all around the country, and they circulate around the world freely on the Internet and in Libertarian publications. He is the author of Send in the Waco Killers, the book that tells the details the media failed to tell in plain English. The best way to get Vin is to subscribe directly to the e-mail distribution list for his column. Send a request to vinsends-request@ezlink.com with "subscribe" in the subject line.

It is an honor to host this man's work, and we encourage you to visit his site and read his book. To read other articles by Vin on this site, click here. You can also see his full archives at these two sites:
http://www.nguworld.com/vindex
http://www.infomagic.com/liberty/vinyard.htm

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No kingdom can be secured otherwise than by arming the people. The possession of arms is the distinction between a freeman and a slave. He, who has nothing, and who himself belongs to another, must be defended by him, whose property he is, and needs no arms. But he, who thinks he is his own master, and has what he can call his own, ought to have arms to defend himself, and what he possesses; else he lives precariously, and at discretion. James Burgh, Political Disquisitions: Or, an Enquiry into Public Errors, Defects, and Abuses [London, 1774-1775].

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