A JEFF COOPER RETROSPECTIVE

If you don’t understand weapons you don’t understand fighting. If…

If you don’t understand weapons you don’t understand fighting. If you don’t understand fighting you don’t understand war. If you don’t understand war you don’t understand history. And if you don’t understand history you might as well live with your head in a sack.

● A correspondent recently informed us that an ideal target for pistol plinkers is a stale cookie. There are plenty of them, they positively reward hits, and they feed the beasties. In all these years of plinking I somehow never thought of that before.

● It is customary for republican governments to be bound by constitutions, and this is a grand idea. The question does arise, however, about what recourse the citizen has when the government disregards its own constitution, as is the case with our own Tenth Amendment. What do you do if your government does not obey its own laws? Our Declaration declaims that when governments do not observe the God-given rights of man, it is not only the right, but the duty of the people to alter or abolish them. The Declaration of Independence may not be the supreme law of the land—which is the Constitution—but it frames our philosophy of government and serves as a guide for those who respect our traditions. More people should.

● Sheriff Gary Enders from Bighorn County, Wyoming, comments: “Actually we consider attempted carjacking as an attempted suicide here, since so many drivers are packing legally.”—The New American

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