Monday, December 17, 2012
After Newtown shooting, it’s time to have that ‘national conversation on guns’
bt David Codrea
To anyone who may be persuaded that “a national conversation” on guns and violence in society is needed, rather than automatically accepting the assumptions of those who think it ought to begin with calling for more citizen disarmament edicts, answer one question first:
If you saw someone methodically murdering children and you could get your hands on a gun, would you use it to stop him?
Yes or no? There’s no time for equivocation. Every second you hesitate, another innocent is being slaughtered.
If you answered “no,” you’re an irredeemable coward, unfit for the company of free men and women, and deserving of the slavery you accept and would impose on your betters. We will hold no conversation with despicable domestic enemy wretches the likes of you. Go away, leave us alone, or bring it on. We will not disarm.
If you answered “yes,” then ask yourself since when it’s in anyone’s interests to bare his throat to someone who would slash it? And just as being armed, trained, prepared and willing can discourage an individual aggressor, do they also not, as Thomas Paine observed, “keep the invader and plunderer in awe, and preserve order in the world as well as property”? Would not “horrid mischief … ensue were the law-abiding deprived of the use of them”?
Here’s the “national conversation on guns” we need to be having, and the one gun rightsadvocates must initiate, insist on and not deviate from, particularly now, in the face of the demonization of gun owners (instead of demons) that is going on by those whose demands ever and only lead to more slaughter of innocents: In the absence of recognizing the “shall not be infringed” component of the Second Amendment, we do need new laws, on the national level, but probably more achievable in states conducive to setting a bold example. With the understanding that I reject the validity of licenses and permits to exercise a right, but also acknowledging the political reality, we must advocate for arming teachers and administrators."