Quote of the day—PBinLostAngeles

The right to keep and bear arms was not enshrined in the 2nd Amendment because the founders were concerned about crime. The right to keep and bear arms was intended to protect the ability of the governed to resist tyrannical government. The gun control question should not be “How does the presence of guns in civilian hands affect crime?” but “How does the presence of guns in civilian hands affect/preserve freedom from tyranny?”

PBinLostAngeles
June 4, 2019
Comment to Why Gun Ownership Rates Tell Us Little About Homicide Trends in America
[Closely related is the question of how gun control affects the probability of genocide. Read to get a clue.—Joe]

3 thoughts on “Quote of the day—PBinLostAngeles

  1. The gun control question should not be “How does the presence of guns in civilian hands affect crime?” but “How does the presence of guns in civilian hands affect/preserve freedom from tyranny?”

    No. Taking them (admittedly) in isolation, those are both outcome-focused questions, and thus they are both on the same side. They both stem from a Ministry of Central Planning sort of mentality. It says, “If A, then B, therefore “We” must do C. You are centrally planning with discussions like that, and it’s none of your business. You’re forgetting all about first principles and going straight into the idea of “running things”. It doesn’t matter what conclusions you come up with using that mindset; they’ll eventually all lead to the same place

    The proper first question is; “Whose business do you think it is anyway?” And the answer to it is; “No one’s but the person deciding whether or not to be a gun owner.”

    • I interpreted the statement as a suggestion as to how an individual should think about their own decision to own a gun or not. No need to interpret it as a decision guide for master planning.

  2. I find it interesting that very few people are willing to make public pronouncements regarding the real reason behind the 2nd Amendment to the United States Constitution. This never was and never will be about hunting, recreation or collecting. It is not really even about self defense unless it is the State that one needs to defend themselves from. All other gun related activities benefit from this and our society benefits from this, allowing us the freedom to enjoy our deep values or even our inane pleasures. Unfortunately, too many are ignorant of what truly protects their lives and liberty, even allowing them to right to try to destroy this right in their own misguided attempts to solve everyone else’s problems or erase their fears.

    We should never fear stating and propounding the purpose for and social benefits of the 2nd Amendment. It is a blessing to all, even to those who wish to destroy it.

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