What has the 20th Century shown us about gun control? That an unarmed country is not a safe country. That when citizens don’t have the right to bear arms, governments can and do grow too large and become a threat to their people. That in the 20th Century, governments murdered four times as many people as those that were killed in all the world’s wars during that same time period. That millions more people were killed by their own governments than by criminals.
American Gun Ownership: The Positive Impacts of Law-Abiding Citizens Owning Firearms
[The first publication of this essay is unclear to me. It was sometime in 2019 or earlier. I found it on many sites with the most recent being Zero Hedge (via email from Tony P.).
Reading it I was struck by so many references to materials from the 1990s that I suspected it was over 20 years old. Even the quote above appears it may have been derived from an article written by the late Mike Vanderboegh in June of 1999. This, however, does not detract from the substance. The truth is still the truth.—Joe]
Also a good read. Death by Government. Chronicles just the 20th. century. And just deaths by government passed law.
Vox Day did the leg work on this one years ago. His conclusion was that your 7 times more likely to be murdered by government employee. Than a criminal. Scary.
Well, yeah, if you don’t have anything to do with illegal drugs, don’t hang around people with dubious relationships with the law, you chances of being murdered by a criminal are pretty much at Switzerland level. I wouldn’t be surprised if that pushes “criminal murdering” risks below the non-zero-but-not-by-much “gonna be murdered by a .gov” risk in a peaceful nation.
If we’re talking historically, your noncriminal chances of being murdered by a .gov are either lightning-strike-low or oh-that-pogrom-high. A free people should be prepared for the second while have a sense of proportion relative to the first.