Whenever the country suffers from a mass shooting, in other words – every few weeks, we hear a familiar line from the minority of Americans who oppose stricter gun laws. My “freedom” is more important than your right to live.
If my freedom to own an arsenal of deadly weapons with no insurance requirement, qualifications, or tracking is vital to the preservation of liberty, then why stop with assault rifles? What right does my government have to block my access to landmines?
From a prior post:
Would landmines pose a threat to neighborhood kids, dogs, and postal workers? Maybe, but what price are you going to place on my liberty? What ever happened to individual responsibility?
Sure, some kid might miss the skull & crossbones markers I place next to the sidewalk. They might drift into the wrong spot in pursuit of a stray Frisbee and lose a leg. It happens. Freedom isn’t free. How is that different from the school kids, movie-goers, cops and church members regularly gunned down by super-armed psychos using guns? That’s right, there is no difference.
If Americans didn’t possess nearly half the world’s total inventory of guns in private hands it would be harder for the occasional lunatic get his hands on a weapon and mow down a Bible study group. So what? We need those weapons to protect our liberty from the gangs of roaming thugs who want to oppress us. And from Obama.
The rest is here. When these events stop happening so close together I’ll stop re-posting the same pieces.
Look, I really, really like guns. I learned to shoot in my back yard in East Texas. My kids learned to shoot there too. Guns were an everyday part of life. And in my opinion, they still should be.
We have allowed our enthusiasm for guns to bleed over into our deep stores of racial paranoia, creating a toxic and politically intolerable blend. Our refusal to embrace the simplest measures to limit the spread of firearms is building up a terrible backlash. In a previous post I described a proposal to require liability insurance as a condition for gun ownership. Believe me, if we continue down this path much longer, gun owners who once found that proposal appalling will look back on it as a lost opportunity.