I’ve been thinking a lot lately about guns. I hope by writing some things down someone might be able to make some sense of what is going on in our world.
It is immoral to employ force or the threat of force to deny a person the ability to decide for themselves what they require for personal safety.
It is a completely valid argument to suggest that the threat of a madman with an assault weapon is best mitigated with another assault weapon. Cops seem to understand this. They have to keep up with the latest technology in order to have any hope of effectively protecting the public from sophisticated criminals. The same has to apply to every individual. There is no guarantee a cop will be there to save you when you need his gun the most.
The existence of a means of destruction both creates the threat and the justification for it’s distribution. One gun sets the stage for a tyrant. Two (in the hands of two people) has the potential to begin to offset the potential for misuse. It’s a situation where the more people who have guns, the less of a threat any single gun owner is.
Of course those who have a record of violence should be kept from legally owning a deadly weapon. But because the law does not bind the criminal, it is necessary that men be free under the law to act as they see fit to disarm the criminal elements of society. If laws prevent good men from acting to maintain their own safety and others, then the law is immoral and creates an environment for evil to thrive.
The only way that banning guns makes any sense is if you rid the world of them entirely. Assuming you could eliminate guns entirely, and keep them from being manufactured in the future is ridiculous. But for the sake of argument, if you think gun bans are good and would lead to positive outcomes, then police, military and government officials would have to be included in the ban. Saying only government and law officials can have guns to make sure the ones who cannot, do not, is unacceptable. So long as even one exists, there is a potential for someone to do another harm with it. If there is any hope of solving the problem of people misusing guns, bans must effectively remove all guns, not just some, from society.
But do you think that cops will give up their guns or that liberals would even suggest they should? No way. Their guns keep us safe. Their guns are good. See the double standard? It’s so stupid, really. In a single breath they are saying that guns are both evil and the source of safety. That is idiotic logic!
The very existence of guns in a world of people creates the potential for it to bring harm. This potential for harm is all the justification the individual needs to demand his right to defend himself from it.