Quote of the day—Maj Toure

Firearms are just as normal as your cell phone. You don’t drop your cell phone in water. You have a lock on your phone. It’s very private. It’s yours. You know how to operate it. It’s like a car. When you first start driving, you don’t know what the hell you’re doing. Then you start paying attention, being observant, looking around and being a responsible driver. Get drunk and shooting your gun is the same as getting drunk and driving. The difference is one is a right. A human right. One is a privilege.

Maj Toure
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
December 26, 2017
Why Black People Own Guns
[I have nothing to add.—Joe]


5 thoughts on “Quote of the day—Maj Toure

  1. Or, the first is abusing a human right, the second is abusing a privilege.
    When person A abuses a human right we do not impose a prior restraint on Person B. We don’t even do that when it is a privilege that is abused. Except the right to self-defense.

  2. Not to take away from the 2nd Amendment argument, but I think it is a mistake to go along with the assertion that “driving is a privilege”. Instead, driving is the primary means for people to exercise the right to move freely — and that very obviously is a human right. Don’t give even a sliver of support to those who would “disautomobile” us, in L. Neil Smith’s memorable phrase.

    • Yeah, the authoritarians/communists want us all on trains. Even in the 21st Century they can’t let go of the thought of forcing people onto trains. Some are re-thinking it, and planning on the self-driving car as the new cattle train car.

      • It looks like a car, you own it like a car, it costs the owner like a car, but the government controls every last thing you can do with it on the public roads. An ideal tool of prole control, therefore a favorite of fascists of every part of the spectrum.

  3. Driving is a right, as well. It’s only a privilege because they say it is, and because we let them turn it into one.

    Edit: With apologies to Paul above.

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