|Montréal, 8 juillet 2000 / No 64||
by Scott Carpenter
Does this sound familiar? It should. It's the beginning of almost every editorial written on gun control anywhere in this country.
Please. Allow me to finish the line of thought for you....
It's a train of thought like this that makes it difficult to be a rational optimist in this day and age.
Let's take a quick look at the logical flaws in this line of reasoning shall we?
What's in a word?
The definition varies depending on who you ask. Some gun owners don't see a problem with a
Gun ownership viewed as a mere privilege reveals something dark and sinister about the way in which we have chosen to think. For if gun ownership is a privilege – granted, restricted, amended and withdrawn by those in positions of political power – whether they are a single man, a party or the majority – then we ourselves are little more than property to be owned and commanded by those with the biggest and the most guns.
But if you reject the idea that men are created to be ruled by other men, if you accept that reality exists and thus man is a creature with inalienable rights then you must reject this notion of
Admittedly, firearms ownership is, in and of itself not a natural right – but it is certainly a logical political one. Without the right to bear arms (in this case guns – 600 years ago it would have been long bows) we are but servants to those with power. Indeed, our natural right to self defense – a logical corollary of the right to the ownership of our own life – logically implies the right to defend that life with whatever means necessary to do the job. A knife is little match against a thug armed with a crowbar and worse it is nothing in the face of massive political tyranny. Undoubtedly, a man has as much right to defend himself against a despotic state as he does to defend himself and his family against an armed thug.
But what about rapists and murders? How can they be trusted again? How can they even have rights?
That we must even ask this question reveals that the concept of justice has been lost in our society. Rape and murder are, without a doubt, two of the most heinous crimes that one human being can perpetrate against another. Therefor, the question should not be:
A tyrant's worst nightmare
In a society where terrible crimes receive a mere slap on the wrist
Indeed, if wrong doers were punished properly, firearms ending up in the hands of such people would be a non issue. Our aforementioned thug would be in prison where he would stay most of his adult life.
With regards to background checks – potential suicides and homicides are also non issues. They cannot be predicted regardless of how much background information is collected. Thus legislating against what
In the end, what this analysis reveals, is that much is needed to be done in this nation before we can return to a proper state of Liberty. Besides a proper definition and implementation of the concept of justice we must begin to redefine our idea of
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