Eric Raymond: “Ethics from the Barrel of a Gun”
Marko Kloos: “Why the gun is civilization”
Sebastian @ PA Gun Blog: “The Continuing Saga of Living With The Gun”
NRA Institute for Legislative Action: “Translating Anti-gun Propaganda into English”
How? Simple. They both fall apart as soon as they meet Humans.
The false assumption underlying all collectivist beliefs is that Men will willingly give up their own desires for the good of other Men.
The false assumption of all anarchist beliefs is that Men will willingly not seek power over other Men.
The fundamental flaw with both is this: There are only two kinds of people; those who believe individuals must be controlled, and those who do not.
And this is why these systems (which I shall call Utopian) are doomed to fail. Men cannot be perfected. If you are a Christian, you believe that all Men are fallen. If you’re like me, you believe that MPAI (Most People Are Idiots). In fact, if you’re anything but a Utopian, you believe in the maxim “Power corrupts.” But no utopian system can ever bridge the fundamental gap between people.
Functionally, there is no difference between an all-powerful central government and no government at all. In either case, the weak are completely at the mercy of the strong, and there are no fundamental rights at all.
Thus, we have the Constitution; a document that was crafted by men who were wise enough to understand that Men respond to incentives. A document that enshrines at once the competing needs to limit the powerful and to protect the weak. Through sloth, we have allowed the original concept to become corrupted, and we have ceded too much of our individual liberty to bureaucracies because it’s easier than actually being in control. But solace will be found neither in collectivism nor in anarchy.
Only by dismantling the bureaucratic state we have allowed to come about can we ever hope to return to a properly free society.
LOOK AT IT!
You have been lying to yourselves and us FOR THIRTY YEARS. You knew it. We knew it. But you had the politicians, the schools, the media. You thought you had finally won one for The Great Socialist Revolution.
Science is about coming up with an explanation for a phenomenon, developing testable hypotheses, and performing experiments to test them. If a hypothesis fails, it is thrown away and another is developed. If no testable hypothesis can be found, then the explanation is dismissed, and the search begins anew.
Unless you’re a socialist. Then you come up with a political end-state. You develop a non-falsifiable explanation, offer up hypotheses that either nobody can test, or only people receiving government grants will test, and then offer the fraudulent “settled science” as a reason to steal liberty from the people.
Progressives! Your God lies broken before you, his feet of clay melted by the unending drumbeat of truth.
Who’s the denier now?
I’m always annoyed when some lefty gun-banner throws out this bon mot: “Well, what are the limits, then? Should people be able to buy rocket launchers? Nuclear missiles?”
Just because I like to see their heads spin, I say “Certainly.” I never bother to explain it to them because they are incapable of understanding. But you? You’re different. I can tell.
Basically, the Second Amendment was intended for two things – repelling an invading army over land, and overthrowing tyranny. So if you look at it in the spirit in which it was written, at the very least it covers personal arms and crew-served weapons. So yes, the Second Amendment would cover a howitzer.
The nuke issue gets tricky, but not for long. See, nukes are VERY expensive. And they aren’t safe to be around, so on a private property rights basis most people won’t be able to keep them in their residence. And they’re useless without some kind of delivery system.
So we’re talking a couple BILLION dollars to have one nuke with the ability to use it (excepting suicide bombers, but hey, how likely is that given how big a nuke is?). So there’s maybe a dozen people in the world who could afford it. And they all have a vested interest in the world not getting nuked. No, the real threat of nukes is from nations like Iran and North Korea with nothing to lose.
So I think I can say with 100% confidence that there ought not be any limits on the second amendment. Anything our infantry can carry and use should be on the shelves at the local gun shop.
All 12 hours and 44 minutes of it can be watched here.
If you select the Windows Media Player version, I can be seen at 09:01:50. If you use the embedded flash viewer, you’ll have to guess.
I’ll post links to some other good stuff later, maybe. Or you could just go to the CCDL Facebook page and look there.
Update: Link fixed.
Ok, so you’ve internalized the horror of the last post.
Good. What’s to be done if prevention is out of the question? I’m glad you asked. Mitigation.
You may not be able to save everyone. But you can come close. It took 20 minutes for the police to get to Sandy Hook Elementary School. I blame physics. So, that makes the adults already on site the first responders. It is left as an exercise for the reader to determine what that means.
So, that aside, let’s look at the kinds of people that are engaging in these acts of mass murder and self-destruction. Mostly, they’re losers. People who have concluded that their life sucks, so they’re gonna go out with a bang, make a statement, and be on the tee vee so they’ll be Internet Famous when they get to hell.
All of these mass murders have something else in common besides the basement-dwelling loser status of the perpetrators. They all happened in so-called Gun Free Zones.
I’m pretty confident that if we get rid of “Gun Free Zones” that these atrocities would simply cease because the losers wouldn’t get the infamy they crave.
They’d just get a bullet in the brain.
The refrain we hear every time something bad happens. This time it’s the atrocity at Sandy Hook Elementary School.
And we are told that Something Must Be Done to prevent the next mass shooting. And all the predictable “solutions” are proffered. We’re told that law-abiding citizens must forfeit their rights in the hopes that someone might be denied a particular method for causing mayhem. We’re told that we must surrender our property to the government so that it may not fall into the “wrong” hands. And we know that it won’t work, because it never has before. But that won’t stop the politicians from trying.
Why? Because they are unable to accept the truth:
Say that a few times. Until the horror of what it means wears off a bit. Internalize it. Accept it. Because in your heart, you know that it is the truth.
No law taking guns away from law-abiding citizens is going to prevent a lunatic from slaughtering innocents. No invasion of privacy is sufficient to prevent it either. Anyone who tells you otherwise is selling something.
I’ll have more later. But for now you need to understand that one horrible sentence. Read it aloud until it has been imprinted upon your soul. Only then will you be ready to move on.
When you start a “discussion” by asking me why I need this or that thing, you’ll notice that I get agitated. You honestly don’t get it, I realize that. In your mind, you’ve asked a perfectly reasonable question. But once it gets to my mind, it isn’t reasonable at all.
Because this is America. This country was founded upon the principle that all men are equal, and therefore nobody is endowed with the ability to determine what I am to be trusted with. We don’t have a gentry class in America that is charged by God with guiding the peasants to the most productive use of their lives.
No, we fought a war that started in 1775 with the attempted seizure of arms and powder at Lexington and Concord for the sole purpose of throwing off the yoke of an appointed ruler who ruled by decree in a manner arbitrary and capricious for the benefit of the gentry class.
Americans are unlike any other people on Earth. We are inherently distrustful of authority, and we hold in contempt those who try to run our lives based upon what they’ve determined to be moral and right.
We are Americans. Before anything else, we are free. We do not accept the authority of government to protect us from ourselves. We do not accept the authority of self-appointed nannies to tell us how we must live so that we may best serve the state. We do not accept having our “betters” tell us what we need or what we may be allowed to want.
I am an American, and my reasons for wanting something are none of your concern. Unless and until I do something to deprive you of the just exercise of your liberty, how I exercise mine is none of your business.
Ever have a whole shitload of things to say, but you dare not?
Yeah. I’m there.
And they want to take away everyone else’s.
You may or may not have seen the Gizmodo story about the CPSC suing to get Buckyballs off the market. Read it.
The CPSC was created with the intention of preventing companies from selling products that they knew would be harmful even when used for their specifed purpose and in a sane and reasonable manner.
Nobody ever expected an adult to give powerful magnets to a child and leave them unattended. But because there are stupid people in the world, someone did. And because of a whole two incidents in a decade or so, the CPSC is coming down like a ton of shit on the heads of a company that makes a toy for adults.
Show them some support. Got to www.getbuckyballs.com and buy some. Like I did.
Then write your Congressmen and Senators and tell them to yank on the CPSC’s leash.