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Freeman Center for Strategic Studies February 19, 2004

Question: How do you tell the difference between liberals and conservatives?

Answer: Pose the following question:

You’re walking down a deserted street with your wife and two small children.
Suddenly, a dangerous looking man with a huge knife comes around the corner,
locks eyes with you, screams obscenities, raises the knife, and charges. You
are carrying a Glock 40, and you are an expert shot. You have mere seconds
before he reaches you and your family.

What do you do?

Liberal Answer:
Well, that’s not enough information to answer the question! Does the man
look poor or oppressed? Have I ever done anything to him that would inspire him
to attack? Could we run away? What does my wife think? What about the kids?
Could I possibly swing the gun like a club and knock the knife out of his
hand? What does the law say about this situation? Does the Glock have
appropriate safety built into it?

Why am I carrying a loaded gun anyway, and what kind of message does this
send to society and to my children? Is it possible he’d be happy with just
killing me?

Does he definitely want to kill me, or would he be content just to wound me?
If I were to grab his knees and hold on, could my family get away while he
was stabbing me? Should I call 9-1-1?

Why is this street so deserted? We need to raise taxes, have a paint and
weed day and make this a happier, healthier street that would discourage such

This is all so confusing! I need to debate this with some friends for a few
days and try to come to a consensus.

Conservative Answer:


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