Wednesday, January 18, 2006

The Seven Myths of Gun Control by Poe

The first myth that needs to be adressed is America a particularly violent society.
The left seems to forget that crime is but one part of the source of violence. In many parts of the world violence by the state democide is a real problem.

Thus when one talks of homicide death by state should be included. Thus when a Marxist like your typical University Professor or the deranged comedic 167 or duncy start down this path everyones comon sense should be offended. Communism, Nazism and Jihadism are all elitist versions of Utopianism. The power and rights and resources are reserved for the true believers. Thus those who do not share the mass insanity end up slaughtered or in a Gulag. Every Muslim country with the exception of Turkey has religious police who function much like a Cuban block patrol. Religious minorities and dissenters are harassed and killed. One hears zero about genuine human rights violations motivated by manifesto or Koran.

Thus when one hears of the great slaughters of civilians one sees an unarmed populace. Chinese peasants did not arm themselves and this made it easy for Mao to liquidate them . A similar pattern emerges in the Soviet Union, Cambodia, Cuba and everywhere else groucho Marxism is attempted. The Holocaust was accelerated by an unarmed starving populace. On the rare ocasions Jews had arms most fought tooth and nail as in the Warsaw Ghetto.

The media does play up the rare instances of school shootings playing up the gun angle and kids. It often ignores a series of other factors that accompany the crimes.
Poe points out that the homicide rate amongst white people is similar to that of Europe or Canada. The operative variable acording to Poe is not race.

Unlike our so called worldly travelers I frequently traveled the inner city and had daily contact with hard working minorities who love their country. The problem is that the populace is disarmed due to restrictive gun laws. No American deserves to live in a war zone. The problems are drug dealing, drug usage and gangs are often concentated in inner cities. The sad reality is a poor hard working black or hispanic is far more likely to be killed then the rest of us.

The media tend not to report these stories as gang on gang violence does not sell papers. Drug dealers basting each other away is only a story if a noteable or a young kid gets caught in the crossfire. Should hardworking men like my friend Malcolm who works two jobs in addition to his military disability have the right to defend his home ? Criminals depend on an unarmed populace and will violate any law
and making hard working people like Malcolm into sitting ducks is outrageous.

The media also plays down religious ( Islamic) crime . Thus we were told Ari Halberstam was killed in a road rage. The religious beliefs and timing of the Washington sniper were not examined. The incedent at the EL AL ticket counter at LAX never widely reported. Nor was the fact that trained personel averted a larger tragedy by effective use of firearms hailed. The media examined every detail of the Columbine story but ignores the Hassan Ahkbar murder spree in Kuwait.

Poe attributes this to a media desire towards an unarmed populace. There is plenty of sentiment amongst democrats and some liberal Republicans for a move in that direction. Yet my friends in Vermont viewed the spree of car burnings in France with derision and this is despite the fact that most were descended from the French themselves. Let some yokels try to burn cars in a small American town and the Police would be needed to protect the arsonists. In the small town where I live everyone knows who owns what property. Part of my initial scrutiny from the Police in VT was that I was an outsider in a small community. I still keep to myself as much as possible as most of the Town life revolves around bars and churches places I seldom frequent.

Poe's book has too many ideas to break down by chapter. Mr Poe also was well aware of my moderation on the Second Amenment when he sent me the book. He also knows I can be shifted by a well founded argument. This promises to be the best serialization yet and certainly more lively then Levy on Burundi.


Justin said...

When we take away the guns from the populace only the criminals will have guns. How true, How true.

Anonymous said...

The very atmosphere of firearms anywhere and everywhere restrains evil interference - they deserve a place of honor with all that's good. --George Washington

When firearms go, all goes. We need them every hour. --George Washington

The great object is that every man be armed. --Patrick Henry

For a people who are free, and who mean to remain so, a well-organized and armed militia is their best security. --Thomas Jefferson

Before all else, be armed. --Niccolo Machiavelli

Hence it comes about that all armed Prophets have been victorious, and all unarmed Prophets have been destroyed. --Nicclo Machiavelli

The Constitution preserves the advantage of being armed which Americans possess over the people of almost every other nation where the governments are afraid to trust the people with arms. --James Madison

Americans need never fear their government because of the advantage of being armed, which the Americans possess over the people of almost every other nation. --Gouverneur Morris

There will soon come an armed contest between capital and labor. They will oppose each other, not with words and arguments, but with shot and shell, gun-powder and cannon. The better classes are tired of the insane howling of the lower strata and they mean to stop them. --William T. Sherman

Arms in the hands of citizens may be used at individual discretion... in private self-defense. --John Adams

The Constitution shall never be construed... to prevent the people of the United States who are peaceable citizens from keeping their own arms. --Samuel Adams

Both oligarch and tyrant mistrust the people, and therefore deprive them of their arms. --Aristotle

No kingdom can be secured otherwise than by arming the people. The possession of arms is the distinction between a freeman and a slave. --James Burgh

Among the many misdeeds of the British rule in India, history will look upon the act depriving a whole nation of arms as the blackest. --Mohandas Gandhi

Are we at last brought to such humiliating and debasing degradation, that we cannot be trusted with arms for our defense? --Patrick Henry

The strongest reason for the people to retain the right to keep and bear arms is, as a last resort, to protect themselves against tyranny in government. --Thomas Jefferson

No free man shall ever be debarred the use of arms. --Thomas Jefferson

To preserve liberty it is essential that the whole body of people always possess arms and be taught alike, especially when young, how to use them. --Richard Henry Lee

The chief foundations of all states... are good laws and good arms. And as there cannot be good laws where there are not good arms... where there are good arms there must be good laws. --Niccolo Machiavelli

Arms discourage and keep the invader and plunderer in awe, and preserve order in the world as well as property... Horrid mischief would ensue were the law-abiding deprived of the use of them. --Thomas Paine

One man excels in eloquence, another in arms. --Virgil

The sword is the axis of the world and its power is absolute. --Charles de Gaulle

Without a sign, his sword the brave man draws, and asks no omen, but his country's cause. --Homer

A sword never kills anybody; it is a tool in the killer's hand. --Lucius Annaeus Seneca


Anonymous said...

Where's Big Bubba?

beakerkin said...

He has his own blog linked to this one Mindless Twit magnet. We are Big Bubba fans at this blog. He may check in and lend of his wisdom as he is more vocal on the second Amendment then I am.

If he reads this he will post.

Mr. Beamish the Instablepundit said...

When my grandfather first gave me marksmanship training with a rifle, he handed me a copy of the Constitution and told me "this lists your rights." The he handed me the rifle and said "this keeps them safe."

Always On Watch said...

FJ has posted his usual erudite quotations, but my husband and I really loved Beamish's comment.

Always On Watch said...

The religious beliefs and timing of the Washington sniper were not examined.

Ask any of the jail keepers, and they can tell you the part which Islam played. The information has not frequently been released to the general public. John Allen persuaded Malvo to go on the shooting binge as part of a jihad.

Mr. Beamish the Instablepundit said...

My grandfather would also say "if gun laws keep people safe, why don't cops stuff their shirts with copies of them?"

Mr. Ducky said...

Beamish, sounds like granddad was just another piece of paranoid whitebread who was "afraid of the dark".

Mr. Beamish the Instablepundit said...

My grandfather was a soldier in the 3rd Armored in Europe kicking leftist Nazi ass all the way to Berlin.

Then he came home and started kicking leftist Nazi ass in America.

He wasn't without opposition though. The Ku Klux Klan and other leftist Democrats assaulted him for hiring blacks.