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"When they can get you asking the wrong questions, they don't have to worry about answers."

Thomas Pynchon

Bankrupt and crumbling Detroit, MI, where all who are able are getting out as fast as they can, has unhappily become the sister-city of Johannesburg, South Africa!

For years, Johannesburg has claimed, among other unflattering titles, the "carjacking capitol of the world," but now Detroit is providing Johannesburg with stiff competition!

Brazen, armed carjackers ply their trade in broad daylight in MI's biggest (but shrinking) city. It is so bad that savvy motorists no longer pay any attention to stop sights and stop lights, and they never stop for gas, nor for any other reason. They remain in constant motion while in the City!

To combat this dubious distinction, Detroit's powers-that-be are predictably doing more of all the things that have consistently failed, the way liberals/leftists always do. More cameras! More lights! More signs! More "Gun-Free Zones" And, they are even suggesting that automakers stop making vehicles that are so difficult to steal! I wish I were surprised at such pathetic drivel coming from the mouths of those with a public trust.

The one thing that does serve as a genuine deterrent, independent, productive, and armed citizens (and an occasional carjacker full of righteous bullet-holes) is, of course never mentioned, as only "naughty" citizens have guns, according to most mayors and other leftist politicians.

As if to confirm the trend, a NC restaurant that posted a conspicuous "Concealed Guns Not Allowed" sign has just suffered a successful armed robbery! Robbers apparently didn't see the sign! And, we all know what "solution" the restaurant's idiot owners will come up with, don't we?

Bigger signs!

Or, we can take the advice of Juan Williams of Fox News and "... make the whole nation a gun-free zone"

These people don't love freedom the way our Founders did, and the way some of us still do!

It is going to get worse. And, leftists will predictably continue to punish good citizens who are not committing crimes, because we don't vote for them.

A few of us are not drinking the Koolade, but we're a minority.

This is the way once-proud civilizations decline and fall!

"And how we later burned with regret in the gulags, thinking: 'What would it have been like if every state security operative, when he went out at night to make an arrest, had been uncertain whether he would return alive, and had to say a nervous good-bye to his family?'

Or if, during periods of mass arrests, as for example in Leningrad, when they arrested a quarter of the entire city, people had not simply sat there in their lairs, paling with terror at every bang of the downstairs door and at every step on the staircase, but instead understood they had nothing left to lose anyway and had boldly set up in the downstairs hall an ambush of half a dozen people with axes, hammers, pokers, or whatever else was at hand?

The NKVD would very quickly have suffered a shortage of enthusiastic officers, and notwithstanding all of Stalin's malevolent thirst, the cursed machine would have ground to a halt!

If...if...

But, we didn't love freedom enough!"

Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

/John

John S. Farnam