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Putting the ‘Argue’ Back in 'Gun Debate’:

Steve Argue has come out blazing for the right to bear arms.
Putting the ‘Argue’ Back in 'Gun Debate’:

Steve Argue has come out blazing for the right to bear arms.

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<www.metroactive.com/papers/cruz/10.16.02/nuz-0242.html>

With election day fast approaching and the
pressure to endorse mounting, Nüz (ever a
sucker for conspiracy theories) was curious to
see who the California Rifle and Pistol
Association is recommending in its State
Election Guide, which landed on our desk last
week declaring in a distinctly paranoid tone,
“Don’t vote. That’s what the anti-gun
politicians want you to do on Election Day!”
Most of CRPA’s endorsements read like a
Who’s Who of Republican hard-liners, so we
were a tad surprised to see that not only
Jeromy “If more police officers are needed, so
be it” McMillan, but also Steve “I’m pro-rent
control and anti the sleeping ban” Argue got
the CRPA thumbs-up for the Santa Cruz City
Council race.
Asked if being endorsed by the CRPA was a
contradiction in terms, Argue, who has also
been endorsed by the Peace and Freedom
Party of California, the Santa Cruz
Coalition to Free Mumia Abu-Jamal,
Homeless United for Friendship and
Freedom, the Santa Cruz Progressive
Federation and the Rosa Luxembourg Club,
argued that “the right to bear arms came within
the context of poor farmers rising up and
demanding certain constitutional protections
from the government.”
Argue, who has been a card-carrying member
of three unions and is an anti-police-abuse
activist, said, “It’s essential for the people to be
able to defend ourselves, whether it be from
pro-corporate Ku Klux Klan thugs that have
kept unions from organizing most of the south,
or murderous cops who are capable, upon
order, of kicking in doors and taking the lives
of political dissidents.”
OK, well, the CRPA does argue that “society
is safer when criminals don’t know who’s
armed.” But with Martha Stewart, Ken Lay
and that East Coast sniper on the loose, Nüz
has to say that it doesn’t feel all that safe.
 
 


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If Only The Government Has Guns, Only Criminals Have Guns

The Bill of Rights was produced as a result of poor farmers rising up and demanding certain constitutional protections from the government. Those of course included things like the 1st Amendment to the Constitution, which protects freedom of speech and freedom of religion. The right to bear arms came within this context.

It is essential for the people to be able to defend ourselves, whether it be from pro-corporate Ku Klux Klan thugs that have kept unions from organizing most of the south or murderous cops who are capable, upon order, of kicking in doors and taking the lives of
political dissidents. FBI Chief J. Edgar Hoover said we are going to show that "to be a black revolutionary will make you a dead revolutionary." Soon after 40 Black Panther Party members across the country were murdered by FBI agents and local police forces.

While the U.S. government succeeded in its violent suppression of the aspirations of the black community in the late 60s and early 70s, wider crackdowns of dissent are made difficult partly because of the fact that the American people are armed.

It is my opinion that the right to defend ourselves from the government is an important key to defending and broadening democracy in America.

Sincerely, Steve Argue


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