Reader Gabe writes:
I often read your articles in my car at lunch. Every so often I find myself worked up enough to foward an article and write my family a pleading note to stop throwing their freedom away. I’m generally sent a nast gram or told to stop sending rants that make everone uncomfortable. My concealed carrying is, in their view, reckless and paranoid. Anyway, here’s my most recent cry in the wilderness to my family. Maybe it will reach someone someday . . .
For your consideration: Islamic extremists prefer no one fighting back in any meaningful way as they decapitate men women and children en masse. This is the ultimate point of gun control, quelling resistance through a monopoly on violence. We (the USA) implented a gun ban in Iraq, a policy the extremists plan to keep.
The Nigerian farmers whose daughters and sons are being raped kidnapped and murdered are arming themselves against the law. Dozens of towns throughout central Mexico have illegily armed themselves and formed militias to drive out the cartels and their corrupt partners, the police and military.
I don’t know why a concept fully expressed 400 years ago in the enlightenment and implemented in the 1700s is mystifying to half the country. If you need any more evidence on the roots of gun control, our nation’s first gun ban was banning blacks from owning weapons. Even the 1968 gun control act targeted disarming the civil rights movement.
The pattern is sometimes race, sometimes religion, but always the elite maintaining control over the masses. Most nations used to ban swords in the hands of commoners from England to Japan. The argument du jour I hear for gun control these days is that it will constrain random spree killers bent on murder using a gun.
How bad is life for these kids in Nigeria, Iraq, Mexico or any other gun-free nation? England just started a youth campaign to discourage kids from carrying screw drivers, picks and tools because they’re being used as shivs. Japanese youths slice each other up with the same craft razors the 9/11 hijackers used and youth rape is common and generally unreported. These kids have little gun violence, but plenty of real life-ruining violence and a society with little choice but to put up with whatever horrors come their way.
Why would we want to emulate that?