Can’t we just all agree? Can’t we all just get along? It’s such a simple logical idea:
Montreal — A young man shot in the head during a college shooting rampage called on Prime Minister Stephen Harper on Wednesday to limit handguns and impose an outright ban on assault rifles.
Hayder Kadhim, who was shot three times by killer Kimveer Gill on Sept. 13, has written Mr. Harper an open letter in which he describes his ordeal after Gill opened fire on students at Dawson College, killing Anastasia De Sousa and wounding 20 other people.
“This has brought me, as a Canadian citizen, as a friend of Anastasia and as a victim, to write a letter to our prime minister to tell our government that we need to strengthen the laws regarding gun control,” Mr. Kadhim told a news conference.
“Guns and society definitely don’t mix. This is a simple logical idea that I think most Canadians would agree with.”
Simple ideas for simple minds. So if “guns and society definitely don’t mix” then you should be calling for the police and military of Canada to give up their guns too. After all, aren’t they part of society? Or do you think that guns do have some place in society? Don’t the police and the military have guns so they can protect innocent life? And don’t private citizens have a right to protect their own lives? It is this argument that brings “society” to the conclusion that the individual doesn’t have the right to defend themselves. To the conclusion that the good of “society” is more important that the good of the individual.
I’ve been listening to the audio book version of Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand. I could rant on this topic for quite sometime at the moment. The book gets my blood pressure up. It’s fiction but it’s too close to reality to be comfortable. I don’t care for her version of ideal relationships between men and women but she really nails “the good of society” and “higher purpose”.