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Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Could You Put That Gun Down While I Call the Cops?

One of the most baffling arguments I hear coming from the government-worshipping left wing is that non-police or military citizens should be banned from possessing any firearms. They point to Columbine, Virginia Tech, and Aurora, Colorado to drum up an emotional response to these tragic events, conveniently ignoring the tragically obvious: guns don’t kill people. People kill people.

If guns were outlawed (as they were in Aurora, Colorado), there would still be shootings. If the solution were that simple, then why not just outlaw murder? Oh right, because killing other people is illegal (except for the government, apparently), yet people still kill each other. Certain drugs are illegal, and yet a short drive down to any inner city, especially here in Philadelphia, will show you that people are still getting high on just about whatever they want.

Here’s a clue: laws are broken by criminals; that’s why they’re criminals. They don’t care about the law. So what about the guy who does obey the law? He hands in his gun while the criminal buys one from the black market, just as they buy illegal drugs from the black market. What if these two people meet? The criminal points a gun at the innocent, law-abiding citizen, who now has no means of defending himself. What should the innocent man do? Ask his assailant to wait a minute while he takes out his phone, calls the cops, gives them a location and situation report, and waits for them to show up? Should he bring a knife to a gun fight?

It’s an unfortunate fact of our society that there is rarely a cop around when you need one – after all, by their very nature they can only respond to crime, rarely preventing it. Here in Philly, the average response time is almost 7 minutes. There are recent reports of Philly police taking 50 minutes to respond to a home burglary alarm. In this specific case, the intruders managed to steal a legally-owned and registered handgun, which is now untraceable in any crimes in which it is used. 

Some may say that we need to do away with some personal freedoms for the sake of safety. Dwight D. Eisenhower once said: “If you want total security, go to prison. There you're fed, clothed, given medical care and so on. The only thing lacking... is freedom.”

Given that police are not a reliable first line of defense, the only logical course of action would be to allow the people the right to defend themselves against any threats. As Dr. Robert Heinlein famously stated, “An armed society is a polite society. Manners are good when one may have to back up his acts with his life.”

There is also the fact that arms confiscation is a favorite tactic of tyrants to oppress their people. Even in medieval Japan, it was common for new rulers to order a “sword hunt.” His troops and officials would scour the entire country for swords, spears, bows, and any other weapons that the common person could use to rise up against their controllers.

In Germany in the 1930s, a freely-elected Adolf Hitler made it near-impossible for an average citizen to purchase a firearm or ammunition, and outright banned Jews from owning any at all (Gee, I wonder why?), leaving the German people with no recourse against the brutal Nazi regime. Hitler’s justification for the law, of course, was to prevent gun crime. The Soviet Empire confiscated firearms in every single country it occupied or influenced, as well.

The Founding Fathers knew that the only way for the people to protect themselves against a tyrannical government was a well-armed populace: “…the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.” The key part is “shall not be infringed.” Could it be any clearer?

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1 comment:

  1. Good post! Your first?

    Great line: If the solution were that simple, then why not just outlaw murder? Oh right...

    Good point: ...that’s why they’re criminals.

    Counting this post, I have heard three times lately about Hitler taking the guns.
    Not sure of the reference, but your top-of-the-blog guy Thomas Paine wrote of the British General Howe (I think it was Howe) trying to get the guns of the colonists, just about the time of the Revolution.

    When John Kerry was running for President there was a "photo op" of him dressed in hunting camo. Some sort of pro-gun thing, supposed to be. Does he not know that the Founders had something more significant in mind than hunting?

    I generally confine myself to economic matters. I guess you wouldn't know it, by my remarks today.