Protection, Disarmament and Massacre

Submitted by Bill St. Clair on Wed, 18 Apr 2007 13:05:31 GMT  <== Politics ==> 

Anthony Gregory at - good essay. [clairefiles]

On a fundamental level, gun control is actually in itself an act of gun violence. It is the use of force and threats of force against peaceful people for the purpose of depriving them of tools useful for self-defense. Surely, the state cannot pretend that such weapons do not have defensive purposes without admitting that the "defense" it says it provides us, domestically with armed police and internationally with the armed military, is a sham. For the state to forbid others from having the same weapons it provides its own legions of armed forces at home and abroad, all funded through tax dollars, is the height of hypocrisy, as is the idea that pointing guns at peaceful people and hauling them off to jail if they violate gun control laws -- which is what enforcement of such laws boils down to -- is somehow a good way to combat gun violence.

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