Friday, April 19, 2013

What if 1 billion Chinese people had SKS rifles?

Would the Chinese government be able to make people disappear?  Even though the Chinese courts just sentenced 10 people to prison for detaining dissidents in so called black jails, it's most likely just a PR move.  Seriously though, if the people in this picture were all carrying rifles, would they be more or less oppressed by the Chinese government?

We know what immigrants from these nations think.  They've told us time and time again.  Our founders told us as well:
Besides the advantage of being armed, which the Americans possess over the people of almost every other nation, the existence of subordinate governments, to which the people are attached, and by which the militia officers are appointed, forms a barrier against the enterprises of ambition, more insurmountable than any which a simple government of any form can admit of. Notwithstanding the military establishments in the several kingdoms of Europe, which are carried as far as the public resources will bear, the governments are afraid to trust the people with arms. And it is not certain, that with this aid alone they would not be able to shake off their yokes. But were the people to possess the additional advantages of local governments chosen by themselves, who could collect the national will and direct the national force, and of officers appointed out of the militia, by these governments, and attached both to them and to the militia, it may be affirmed with the greatest assurance, that the throne of every tyranny in Europe would be speedily overturned in spite of the legions which surround it.
- James Madison,The Federalist Papers, No. 46.
I ask you, can a people who have never had to fight for their freedom succeed at keeping it?  I think that may be the most important question the world can ever answer. 

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