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Thursday, April 19, 2007

Happy Patriot's Day.

In all the talk of guns we're hearing in the last few days, the 800 lb gorilla in the room that nobody wants to acknowledge is the reason guns were important enough to address in the second amendment to the constitution. It's not sports, it's not hunting, and it's not even self-defense from individual psychopaths.

The reason it was so important to the founders is that it is the last-chance check on runaway government power. Along with jury nullification - now made de-facto if not explicitly illegal by a runaway government intent on retaining its power - arms in the hands of individual citizens are the only way that a government that has been hopelessly corrupted can be prevented from being turned against those whom it was supposed to protect.

Today is the anniversary of the day that was driven home in unambiguous terms - when the most powerful government on earth was held in check by farmers and merchants who no longer had recourse to the law for the protection of their inalienable rights.

It's argued now that "it can't happen here" because this is a free country and not a dictatorship, and that even if it did, there's no way individuals could stand up to the overwhelming power of the military. The first is simply wishful thinking. It can happen here, it can happen anywhere. The main reason this is still a nominally free country is precisely because we are aware that it could happen here, and in the main, the general public, liberal and complacent as they may be, have certain lines they still resist crossing.

As to the second, well, realize that gun owners in America constitute what is probably the largest, even if not most technically sophisticated, army in the world. If one of them has a beef, his guns won't help him. If it's important enough to enough people, their guns won't be stoppable.

Tuesday, April 17, 2007

It's probably a selection bias, but it seems like I'm reding more this time about how the gun-grabbers in Virginia share in the blame for the latest mass-murder shooting spree. And of course, the other side asks us how dare we politicize such a tragedy.

They're right. This kind of thing should not be politicized. So repeal all the damned gun laws.

You see, this tragedy was politicized long before it occured. And all the other ones that came before it have been politicized relentlessly.

The right to defend ones self, and to own and use the tools necessary for it are not controversial. They just are. It is taking that right away that is politicization. It is politicization that leads to these things becoming as bad as they are.

Do you remember the Appalachian Law School shooting? It happened back in 2002. A gunman rampaged through the school and killed lots and lots of people... Oh, wait, no he didn't. Because one of the students there was able to get his gun out of his car and stop the guy after he killed the school's Dean. Of course, that one was not politicized.

If not for this, the VT story may have been much the same, a local story about a guy who killed his girlfriend before her resident advisor intervened and dropped him. It might even have made the 6:00 national news, and page 3 of the morning paper.

And maybe 28 or 29 people who are dead today would still be alive. But they're not, because of politics.

Monday, April 16, 2007

A quote I saw somewhere sums up my feelings on the Virginia Tech massacre about as well as anything I could say, and far more briefly:
Imagine what could happen if university students are allowed to carry guns. Because now we don't have to imagine what could happen if they aren't.
I can't remember where I saw it, but if anyone can tell me, or I run across it again, I'll attribute it properly.

As to the legal wranglings over there a little over a year ago: You. Fucking. Assholes. I hope there really is a hell, so a special place can be made for you in it. (Hat tip to Billy on that one, Malkin had it too, and it's making the rounds.)

UPDATE: I made the above quote from memory, and this morning I'm remembering it slightly differently, so I changed the wording to make more sense.