Saturday, February 24, 2007

Freedom Requires Self Defense

H/T to Dad29 for pointing out here and here that the Democratic Party agenda still includes ever increasing gun control zealotry with the unstated belief that an unarmed population is more efficiently ruled. It is good to remember that the United States is the dominant free country because of our revolutionary principles.

Clay Cramer: Let me be very clear about this: the Second Amendment didn't guarantee a right to keep and bear arms for the purpose of hunting. It was widely assumed, and there would have been some serious head scratching by the Framers if you had argued that there wasn't a right to hunt (suitable to appropriate game regulations) on public lands. The Second Amendment didn't guarantee a right to keep and bear arms for self-defense--although that was also assumed. The Second Amendment guaranteed a right to keep and bear arms for the purpose of revolution.

British writer Peter Hitchens has a few provocative thoughts on the propensity of the authorities to claim sole responsibility for the safety of person and property.

Gun law and common sense: Actually, I object strongly to the expression 'taking the law into your own hands'. The law is ours and we made it for ourselves, to protect us and govern us, as a free people. Our freedom to defend ourselves against criminal violence is part of our general freedom to live our lives lawfully. We hire the police to help us enforce the law, not to tell us that we cannot do so. Sadly, the modern British law is not our law, but an elite law, based on ideas which most of us do not share. And the modern police are the elite's police, not ours, which is one of the reasons why they have vanished from the streets, where we want them to be. The disarming of the people, and the cancellation of all their rights to defend themselves, are bad signs.

The police should be the hired help of the citizenry, not the enforcers of the ruling class. Every free person retains the right of defense when confronted with threats, and laws to the contrary are counter to the entire concept of individual liberty. Of course, individual liberty is itself a hindrance to efficient and progressive governance of a population.