You are all lovers of swaraj; some of you are members of theHome Rule League. One meaning of Home Rule is that we shouldbecome partners in the Empire. Today we are a subject people. We donot enjoy all the rights of Englishmen. We are not today partners inthe Empire as are Canada, South Africa and Australia. We are adependency. We want the rights of Englishmen, and we aspire to be asmuch partners in the Empire as the Dominions overseas. We lookforward to a time when we may aspire to the Viceregal office. Tobring about such a state of things we should have the ability to defendourselves, that is, the ability to bear arms and to use them. As long aswe have to look to Englishmen for our defence, as long as we are notfree from the fear of the military, so long we cannot be regarded asequal partners with Englishmen. It behoves us, therefore, to learn theuse of arms and to acquire the ability to defend ourselves. If we wantto learn the use of arms with the greatest possible despatch, it is ourduty to enlist ourselves in the army.
Shostie: I know nothing about this NaturalNews website, but the fact that they seem to be cool with Infowars is rather telling.
tenpoundsofcheese: He said: "If we want to learn the use of arms with the greatest possible despatch, it is our duty to enlist ourselves in the army."That is NOT saying what someone else said, namely: "He wasn't advocating for private ownership of arms. He was advocating allowing Indians to use arms WHILE SERVING IN MILITARY SERVICE."
s2s2s2: cameroncrazy1984: I have a really hard time believing that the grandfather of nonviolent protest was pro-gun.You'll get over it. Just remember, People don't believe what you imagine they do.
HighOnCraic: "Famous quotes are the fallacy of appealing to authority about 95% of the time. All of your famous quotations on facebook are dumb."--Albert Einstein
Lionel Mandrake: RexTalionis: By the way: Here is the link to the relevant part of the autobiography. As you can clearly see, that quote is in the context that he was trying to recruit Indians for armed combatants and to serve in the Army on Britain's behalf for WWI (i.e. to provide defense, not for self defense, but for defense of India, at this point). The British Commissioners and Viceroy, however, were refusing to allow Indians to be armed and enlist in the military for their own defense, however, opting to keep India as a subject state rather than a partner of the Commonwealth.So, Gandhi was advocating membership in a well-regulated militia?That sounds like a good idea.
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