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‘The family gun is more likely to kill you or someone you know than to kill in self-defense. ‘ The 1993 study yielding such numbers, published in the New England Journal of Medicine, never actually inquired as to whose gun was used in the killing. Instead, if a household owned a gun and if a person in that household or someone he knew was shot to death while in the home, the gun in the household was blamed. In fact, virtually all the killings in the study were committed with guns brought in by an intruder. No more than 4% of the gun deaths in the study can be attributed to the homeowner’s gun. Also ignored is that 98% of the time when people use a gun defensively, merely brandishing the weapon is sufficient to stop an attack.

Wall Street Journal, November 11, 1998

To the glory of mankind, there was, for the first and only …

To the glory of mankind, there was, for the first and only time in history, a country of money- and I have no higher, more reverent tribute to pay to America, for this means: a country of reason, justice, freedom, production, achievement. For the first time, man’s mind and money were set free, and there were no fortunes-by-conquest, but only fortunes-by-work, and instead of swordsmen and slaves, there appeared the real maker of wealth, the greatest worker, the highest type of human being- the self-made man- the American industrialist. Ayn Rand
Atlas Shrugged,(1905-1982)