By David C.
We all know there ain’t no such thing as halfway crooks. If you are a thief, you are a thief, plain and simple. If you wish to take from me my life, liberty, or property, you are a crook. Since there is no such thing as a halfway crook, I contend there is no such thing as a halfway patriot. You either believe there is no rightful reason for taking my life, liberty, or property other than in defense of your own, or you don’t. Restricting my liberty or the use of my property to those uses that appease you or your cause is one and the same, and it makes you a crook.
I believe the idea that there is some sort of ‘middle’ in the gun control debate or political debate is a farce. It is only a different degree of criminal activity. If you believe in the ‘reasonable’ restriction of suppressors, short barreled rifles, fully automatic weapons, or of all arms through ‘background checks’ for that matter, you believe in the ability to restrict my natural rights of liberty and property. And that makes you a crook. I can either own what property I see fit or I can’t.
If, through government, conditions of my ownership of certain properties (aka firearms) can be restricted, it is no longer my property. It is property that I am merely being allowed to use at government’s consent. If I need someone else’s consent to own or use my property, it is not mine. Your government has decided this property belongs to them, and they therefore have the right to decide how, and by whom, it is used. This is property rights. What is mine, I control. If I do not control it, but my government does, it is not mine.
The problem isn’t that the gun crowd or the liberty movement is too polarizing as Tim U. put it in his piece ‘Embracing the Other Side,’ the problem is we aren’t polarizing enough. Individuals need to learn the consequences of their actions and those actions they purport through government.
Government does not have the power to do anything that any one individual cannot do on his own. Governments and laws are created to protect life, liberty, and property. They are a collective force, acting on the power granted to them by the individuals they govern. Government cannot rightfully be given, or execute, any power that an individual has not delegated for them to do on his behalf. Since you, as an individual, have no natural right to tell me how to spend my time or money, or where to go in open spaces with a gun on my hip, you therefore have no power to delegate that task to your government. To do so is in direct violation of my natural rights to liberty and property.
Does name calling accomplish anything for the liberty movement? No. But accepting as permissible the position that individuals through government can subvert the rights of others for their own will or gain should not be on the table. Ever.
The power of these ideas as they relate to guns is only tangential to the larger purpose they serve in awakening people to their rights as individuals. As men and women on this Earth who have natural rights to their life, liberty and property, they have the natural right to protect the same. Too many are focused on the gun debate when it is a small piece of the larger education that needs to be done on liberty.
No matter how supportive an individual may be to the second amendment as they see it, when push comes to shove, a progressive is a progressive and progressives are crooks. They believe they can infringe upon the natural rights of others and that makes them crooks. This is true as it relates to gun control, healthcare, economics, taxes, and every other aspect of criminal enslavement created and pushed by big government agendas. You cannot choose to be a crook when it comes to say redistributive welfare programs and ask me to give you a badge of honor as a patriot when it comes to gun issues.
I cannot in good faith believe that someone who feels they can force me to subsidize others at the expense of my own labor and productions will be on the side of liberty when push comes to shove, whether the issue at hand is guns or anything else for that matter. These people are trying to be halfway crooks, and there ain’t no such thing as halfway crooks. I know. I tried the same thing for a while before I came to the realization of my own hypocrisy. They say they are ‘independent’ and ‘middle of the road.’ There is no such thing as halfway crooks, and there is no such thing as halfway patriots. You either believe in individual rights, or you believe in suppressing them at your personal will. Pretending this isn’t the case only makes matters worse.