Subject: Re: Oversimplifications in HtN -- Philosophy and biology
From: "Eric S. Raymond" <>
Date: Mon, 27 Sep 1999 17:19:24 -0400

Richard Stallman <>:
> I was unable to find the earlier part of the discussion, but I recall
> that when Ian stated his motivations, you said that they were beside
> the point, because (you believed) his behavior could be predicted from
> reputation-seeking anyway.

Richard, you're unable to find that because I didn't say it ;-).  Which
rather puts paid to the rest of your argument.
		<a href="Eric">">Eric S. Raymond</a>

...Virtually never are murderers the ordinary, law-abiding people
against whom gun bans are aimed.  Almost without exception, murderers
are extreme aberrants with lifelong histories of crime, substance
abuse, psychopathology, mental retardation and/or irrational violence
against those around them, as well as other hazardous behavior, e.g.,
automobile and gun accidents."
        -- Don B. Kates, writing on statistical patterns in gun crime