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    Clearest case of self-defense I ever did see....





    Service held for black voter shot 61 years ago

    The Associated Press - BUTLER, Ga.
    July 22, 2007

    A memorial service was held Saturday for Maceo Snipes, a black man who was slain 61 years ago after he voted.

    Snipes was killed in 1946, the day after he became the first African American since Reconstruction to cast a ballot in Taylor County.

    The ceremony, held in the town where he was slain, involved a military honor guard bearing an empty casket and a congregation singing "I'll Fly Away."

    "He died a sad death at the hands of somebody wanting to kill a person who voted," said Bishop Felix Snipes, who was 6 years old when his cousin was killed. "Yes, it was horrible, but one day it will come to light."

    Snipes, a farmer, was 34 when he enlisted in the Army in 1943. He was decorated after serving in the Pacific and honorably discharged when he came home in 1945. He fought in a segregated Army and returned to segregated Georgia. But in 1946, after a lengthy court case, blacks were given the right to vote.

    Snipes voted on July, 17, 1946. One day later, he was shot in front of the family home. Three days later, he died. No one was ever convicted of the slaying.

    "Out there somewhere in the woods of Taylor County there's a body, and we won't stop until we finish the mission," said Ed DuBose of the Georgia NAACP.

    The Georgia State Conference of the NAACP and the Prison & Jail Project organized the services, held in the sanctuary of the Church of God in Christ outside of Butler.

    The casket was empty except for a black and white photo of Snipes. Four sprays of flowers stood around the casket which was draped with an American flag.

    "It took 61 years to get this coffin in the door," said DuBose, reminding local officials "there's someone out there who is unaccountable."

    John Cole Vodicka of the Prison & Jail Project recalled that four Taylor County men were questioned but a grand jury ruled Snipes' death was self-defense. "Even though he was shot in the back," Vodicka said.

    Snipes was given a symbolic burial on family land near the church. Seven white soldiers from Fort Benning gave a 21-gun salute and a lone bugler played taps. After carefully folding the flag that covered the coffin, an Army sergeant presented it to Felix Snipes and his family.

    http://www.accessnorthga.com/news/ap...y.asp?ID=95236

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    A man who fought for his country, fought for his rights and exercised those rights despite the risks. Mr. Snipes, you paid the price but you opened the door for all others. You are a Hero and I salute you.

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    LoveMyCountry wrote:
    A man who fought for his country, fought for his rights and exercised those rights despite the risks. Mr. Snipes, you paid the price but you opened the door for all others. You are a Hero and I salute you.
    Amen.

    Mr. Snipes could have used a gun to protect himself but, alas, it was not allowed. Cowards of the type that killed Mr. Snipes can't really do that kind of thing anymore--without much greater risk of being brought to justice.

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    Kind of plainly shows that gun control is used as a tool of oppression or that gun control enables it.

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    longwatch wrote:
    Kind of plainly shows that gun control is used as a tool of oppression or that gun control enables it.

    Absolutely. Any right or resource or freedom can be withheld or controlled in order to oppress, subjugate or punish/reward individuals or groups. Gun rights is just one of those things that power mongers withhold and control.

    Anyone who has the power to withhold or control any right, resource or freedom gets tempted to use that power for his own reasons.

    Lord Acton is almost universally quoted on this subject:

    "Power tends to corrupt and absolute power corrupts absolutely"

    This axiom seems to have validity across almost the the entire range of power situations. From allowing black folks the right to vote, to own arms....down to the much more minor power to censor communications on an Internet forum for personal reasons.

    Power corrupts...andof those who get even a little of it, all are always tempted to wield it inappropriatelyto meet their individual needs. Many succumb to the temptation.

    The founders of this great country knew this,of course andrigorously built in protections against theassumable power of the government to withhold or control people's rights. But it is a never-ending battlefor patriots and citizens to make sure that those who have power don't abuse it. But it can (and is) abused in government and society in so many ways....at so many levels...

    This country was founded and based on ideas of liberty and freedom. And that includes freedom of thought. As the the great Samuel Adams said, back at birth of this country:

    Driven from every other corner of the earth, freedom of thought and the right of private judgment in matters of conscience, direct their course to this happy country as their last asylum.

    Ole Sam had something there.

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