Without the Second Amendment (protecting Americans’ individual right to keep and bear arms), the First Amendment (protecting Americans’ individual right to free speech) would be meaningless. As in non-existent. The enemies of firearms freedom scoff at any such notion. They point to Europe, where gun rights are gone, yet free speech remains. Or does it? Under the 2012 European Data Protection Regulation Article 17, Europeans now have the “right to erasure.” They have the right to . . .
obtain from the controller the erasure of personal data relating to them and the abstention from further dissemination of such data, especially in relation to personal data which are made available by the data subject while he or she was a child or where the data is no longer necessary for the purpose it was collected for, the subject withdraws consent, the storage period has expired, the data subject objects to the processing of personal data or the processing of data does not comply with other regulation.
In other words, upon request, European courts can order Internet publishers to remove information from the web. Permanently. What could possibly go wrong? For that answer, we need only turn to any “first world” country that’s disarmed its citizens.
In Mexico, for example, the drug cartels and their government co-conspirators say “we don’t need no stinkin’ Article 17.” They simply kill the bloggers. Well, not so simply. First they torture them. Then they decapitate them. Then they display their mutilated bodies in public as a warning to anyone else who would dare use the Internet to report on the cartels’ criminal activities.
Here’s a brief description of one such atrocity from borderlandbeat.com:
The third victim was, a woman identified by her “Nuevo Laredo en Vivo” cyber name; “La Nena D Laredo”, was found decapitated on September 24th of 2011. Her head was left on top of a computer keyboard with a message warning others against using social media sites to report cartel activity.
Disarmed? Of course she was. Mexico’s weak constitutional guarantee for its citizens’ gun rights has resulted in a de facto gun ban, similar to the one in New York City. Bad boys, bad boys, what you gonna do? What you gonna do when they come for you? If you’re a citizen journalist in Mexico trying to keep your fellow countrymen safe from rape, torture, extortion, murder and mutilation, you’re going to die.
I know it’s hard to draw a line from the horror above to the streets of Manhattan or, indeed, the keyboard upon which I’m banging on borderlandbeat’s behalf. But make no mistake: nature abhors a vacuum. If citizens aren’t armed, politicians and other criminal elements assume the power/authority that’s left on the proverbial table. The inherently fragile balance between good and evil tips towards evil, and human rights disappear.
Yes, even in America.
Ask yourself this: why is police abuse worse in cities like New York, Chicago and Los Angeles, where the populace has been disarmed? If it weren’t for the Internet, it would be a lot worse. In fact would be as bad as it was before the Internet, when the police and media colluded to suppress stories of police torture and summary execution. Oh, and racist beat-downs.
What would happen if American criminals, cops, politicians, lawyers, prosecutors and judges could exercise their [European] “right to be forgotten”? If criminal corruption could operate without worrying about the cold light of publicity? Not just in big cities, but everywhere? By the same token, what if the government had the power to censor the Internet in the name of anti-terrorism, preventing the media from writing about spying, secret detentions, etc.? Canada’s having that discussion right now.
Of course, none of that wouldn’t happen here. America couldn’t possibly descend into the death-dealing criminal kleptocracy that’s become our neighbor to the south. Why there’d be a revolution! Which is why it doesn’t happen. See how that works?