L. Neil Smith's
THE LIBERTARIAN ENTERPRISE
Number 61, December 15, 1999
Happy Bill of Rights Day!
The Right to Bear Arms is a Matter of Life and Death
by Andrew Muriithi
Special to TLE
Cut to the chase! This ought to be the stock refrain in all arguments
regarding gun control. Cut to the chase! In other words, I don't want
to hear about studies, statistics or listen to a loquacious
exposition on the intent of the Second Amendment. I just want to know
one thing: Do I as a human being have an immutable natural right to
defend myself at all times and in all circumstances against all such
individuals as may threaten my life and property? No, please don't
tell me about the Constitution or the Founding Fathers. Don't tell me
about the Columbine massacre, Buford Furrows or gun suicides. I want
to know now: Do I have the right to defend myself and my property
always? Do I have the right to defend myself using weapons
sufficiently equal to or superior than those of my aggressor to
assure myself the chance to live tomorrow? Cut to the chase! Yes or
no? No equivocations. Is my right to use these weapons separable from
my natural right to freely exist and to assure my survival tomorrow?
Let's cut deeper into the chase! Am I morally obligated to observe a
law or ordinance that likely threatens my survival tomorrow? Does my
obligation to obey supersede my right to live? If I am not living,
can I obey? Which comes first, life or obedience? If my federal,
state or city government bans or limits my freedom to own and carry
any type of weapon I choose, does it limit my right to freely live?
Does it leave me vulnerable, malleable, compliant, and likely to die
as a result? Am I obligated to observe the ban or limit if I may
likely die as a result? Cut to the chase!
Is my natural right to freely live absolute? Is it independently
existent? If the Founding Fathers hadn't the prescient wisdom to
enunciate this right in the Constitution, would it still exist? If
the Second Amendment was repealed by the requisite 37 states today,
would my right to bear arms disappear?
If there is a lesson that defenders of gun rights haven't quite
learned, it is to ask these straightforward questions. Historical and
statistical support can only serve to embellish the answers to them.
But let's cut to the chase! No matter its appearance on the surface,
the objective of gun controllers is not about the empirics of gun
control. Those matter little. Gun control is about emasculating you
of your right to life. That's what the chase cuts to--to be rid of
your natural right to freely live; to become vulnerable, malleable,
compliant; to likely die as a result. That is why the right to bear
arms is a matter of life and death. Yes! Forget about all the
statistical fog. Forget about the true American way. The thug--be he
the one who works privately or the one who works for the
government--couldn't care less about statistics or the Second
Amendment. His intent is to trample underfoot your right to freely
live; to leave you vulnerable, malleable, compliant; to likely kill
you in the process.
That, my friend, is cutting to the chase. So next time someone blows
hot air in your face about the need to get rid of guns, demand that
they cut to the chase! Give them a fixed stare right in their eyes
and tell them that they want to see you die. And don't waste your
time launching into statistics or the Second Amendment. It's a matter
of life and death.
BEN FRANKLIN STILL SPINNING IN GRAVE
"The Second Amendment provides for the right to bear arms, but the
right for the rest of us to be safe from guns in the wrong hands is
more important," West Hartford Police Chief James Strillacci said.
John Magaw's (Director, BATF) has been picked to "plan and coordinate
FEMA's domestic terrorism efforts" for the FEMA Director's office.
I'll sleep better nights.
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