Sunday, April 22, 2018

Anti-gun laws good for criminals

(My Eastern New Mexico News column for March 21, 2018)

How much do you respect self-destructive people?

Do you honor those who engage in self-harm such as "cutting"? Do you celebrate those who burn up their mind and body by abusing drugs and alcohol? Do you respect those who commit suicide as soon as life doesn't go their way?

Then why praise teenagers (or anyone else) who protest for more anti-gun "laws"? Just because they are "doing something" with conviction? If that's all it takes, young ISIS recruits deserve your respect, too.

I value education, so I encourage kids to walk out of school for any reason. However, if these young activists believe their walkout is a protest for "safety", they are tragically mistaken. When the teachers and administration sponsor the "walkout", it's not a walkout, it's a field trip.

What makes you believe these students have the wisdom to run your life, in spite of ample evidence to the contrary?

Anti-gun "laws" make criminals safer. "Gun free zones" are gun free only until some evil loser decides to go on a killing spree and chooses a target where he knows he'll be free to kill. When that happens there are suddenly too few guns; the only guns present being in the wrong hands. This is mandated by "law". It makes the killer's cruel task easier and deadlier, and doesn't boost the safety of the kids or teachers.

There is a term for people like the anti-gun students: useful idiots. They are very useful to political bullies who prefer unarmed subjects to armed peers. An armed person isn't as easy to control. They may be able to resist if pushed. This is why governments don't like guns they don't control, and always try to turn the right into a privilege-- even while giving lip service to gun rights. If they pretend a right is subject to their laws, limits, and licenses, they can change the way you think about your natural rights. They can change the way you think about the people who want to run your life. These are the people orchestrating the student protests, putting words in the kids' mouths; pulling all the strings.

The young anti-liberty activists believe they are on the right side. Time will tell whether they are on the winning side, but their side isn't the right side. Truth and ethics are against them. Eventually, they'll either realize their mistake, double-down due to cognitive dissonance, or they'll go into politics where truth and ethics are rarely beneficial, anyway.

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Where you are and where you are headed

From my days inside Christianity I know how much people love the Dramatic Conversion Story. So much so that the people who would come tell their Dramatic Conversion Story would emphasize that you didn't need to have this kind of story to share. Your true story is good enough as it is.

Well, you also don't have to have been a raging statist before growing up and accepting your responsibility to reject achation. It matters what you are now and where you are headed, not what you were in the past.

My conversion story isn't that dramatic. Sure, I used to accept a lot of statist nonsense. I thought some "laws" were good and necessary. I thought some cops were probably decent people. I figured licenses and permits had their place, and I wondered whether guns should be more tightly controlled. All that sort of thing.

But I was never really a fan of The State. I always felt it was over-rated, and not quite as represented.

Then I grew up and started seeing that the situation was a lot worse than I had suspected. And it's a process which continues to this day.

So I went from a lukewarm statist to... whatever I am now. Not as dramatic as if I had been an enthusiastic supporter of taxation, laws, and other forms of molestation before I wised up. But, wherever I started, I'm glad I'm where I am now, and I'm glad for the direction I'm headed. Dramatic or not.

And, just like mine, your story is good enough. Just keep moving consistently in the right direction.

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