Wednesday, June 07, 2006

Libertarian Calls on UK to Restore Self-defense Rights

icBirmingham - Why all true citizens need their own guns This opinion piece is superbly written. It questions the logic behind gun grabbers, since after years of disarming the population, the UK suffers from extremely high rates of violent crime.

As for the arguments presented by the gun grabbers,
this whole line of thinking is nonsense. We already have some of the strictest controls in the developed world on the carrying of weapons.

We also have some of the highest levels of armed crime. Indeed, we are reaching the point where we shall need to show proof of identity before buying knives and forks.
Typical statist thinking. This set of laws has not worked in the past, so we need to even more laws like them in future. (Continuing to do the same thing and expecting different results is one definition of insanity.)

This approach is not new - not even in Britain.
Until the end of the 19th century, anyone in Britain could walk into a gun shop and, without showing any licence or any form of identification, buy as many guns and as much ammunition as he wanted, and could carry loaded guns in public, and could use these for selfdefence. The law not only allowed this, but even expected it. We were encouraged to take primary responsibility for our own protection. The function of the police was simply to assist.
Of course the statists that control the UK will not give power back to a powerless population. Freedom is not the thing that governments provide.

No comments: