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Doug Eikermann
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I'm still struggling with the conversion from Thesis 1.8.5 to Thesis 2.0, and after weeks of work, it looks as if it might be worth the effort.  The sites look a bit better every day, but I still have a long way to go. :)

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Many things that we inherit in life carry stories of lasting value. A woman who receives a set of heirloom dishes from her mother may, when she uses them, find herself reminiscing good times as a child or reliving dinnertime moments that are vivid if you have the china but obscure if you don’t.

Guns are like that. They give boys some of the manly qualities that made their fathers men, and they give girls images of men who may shoot at things from time to time, but for whom in moments of anger the guns’ whereabouts do not come to mind. Family weapons are not really about shooting or hunting. Rather, they are symbols of dinner-table plenty and social leveling that did not exist before their creation.

Guns have made our world different and better. They are providers of sustenance as well as heroes that serve as the last bastion of defense between simple folk and the bullies of the world. Whether those toughs manifest themselves as extortionists, robbers, politicians, or despots, the weapons’ roles remain the same—to make the perpetrators aware that their oppressive actions may result in the payment of high personal prices.

For more, see my latest essay, this time about an heirloom shotgun:

Ancient Rome declined because it had a Senate, now what's going to happen to us with both a House and a Senate?
- Will Rogers

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But if someone has a gun and is trying to kill you ... it would be reasonable to shoot back with your own gun.
- Dalai Lama

A government big enough to give you everything you want is strong enough to take everything you have.
-- Thomas Jefferson

The ultimate result of shielding men from the effects of folly is to fill the world with fools.
-- Herbert Spencer, English Philosopher (1820-1903)

The only difference between a tax man and a taxidermist is that the taxidermist leaves the skin.
-- Mark Twain

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