The sweet young thing at the Borders cash register was wearing a Tinkerbell tee shirt. I commented that it was funny that Tink has become something of a symbol for girly-girls, when the original Tink was a gear head. She said that wasn't true, and I told her about J.M. Barrie, and what the word "tinker" meant. She didn't really believe me; her loss.
And then this turned up in an e-mail signature, and it pretty much sums up why firearm rights are important to me. The United States that I believe in, and love (but do not live in, unfortunately) trusts its citizens with deadly force.
"The totalitarian states can do great things, but there is one thing they cannot do: they cannot give the factory-worker a rifle and tell him to take it home and keep it in his bedroom. That rifle hanging on the wall of the working-class flat or labourer's cottage, is the symbol of democracy. It is our job to see that it stays there." --GEORGE ORWELL