"Never fear. Him is here" - Captain Chaos (Dom DeLuise), Cannonball Run
Mace Windu: Then our worst fears have been realized. We must move quickly if the Jedi Order is to survive.
#1 and #4 here does not define 'oppressive'. #2 applies to neither UK or US governments. #3 does not define 'rigorous'. All are subjective terms.
The truth may be out there, but lies are in your head. ~Terry Pratchett
I'm sure someone has said this by now but "God made all men different, Samuel Colt made all men equal".
Can't vote. What's my leaning have to do with anything? I am an individual.
Do firearms empower people? Yes.
They empower people to think they are stronger, tougher and more bad ass, and with that, they may get themselves into situations they shouldn't be in had they used their brains.
Do I believe in the right to keep and bear arms? Absolutely. But first and foremost, I believe in personal responsibility. Too many people fall short on that.
The similarity between Stalin and Hitler is that they're both heavily authoritarian and citizens can suffer under authoritarian rule. That's the common denominator, not economic distribution. Socialism doesn't require an authoritarian dictatorship.
Ghandi is closer to where I'd argue that socialism is supposed to land on the compass than Stalin.
Fiddling While Rome Burns
Carthago Delenda Est
"I used to roll the dice; see the fear in my enemies' eyes... listen as the crowd would sing, 'now the old king is dead, Long Live the King.'.."