Thursday, December 13, 2007

What Does It Mean To Be a Responsible Adult:
Quotes Worth Considering

Push for gun control stems from boomers’ urge to avoid personal responsibility Why is it that whole groups of people are afraid of legal guns and gun owners, as well as the entire idea of armed self-defense? Consider the following quotes.

“A fear of weapons is a sign of retarded sexual and emotional maturity.” — Sigmund Freud, General Introduction to Psychoanalysis

“That rifle on the wall of the labourer’s cottage or working class flat is the symbol of democracy. It is our job to see that it stays there.” — George Orwell.

“If someone has a gun and is trying to kill you, it would be reasonable to shoot back with your own gun.” — the Dalai Lama, May 15, 2001.

People are not mature enough to take a responsible place in the world. A good portion of the population is not happy with democracy. (Look at all of the laws to force people to live according to one set of dictates. The War on (some) Drugs jumps to mind, for example.) Most people consider freedom to be OK, as long as you live (vote, worship, whatever) the same way they do. Consider the reaction of Hollywood to Republicans winning elections. Do you think a Jew could ever be elected President?

This is why the media have been hammering the idea that Jean Assam was a trained police officer (she was "official"), and then that she was fired from her job (gun owners are "bad"), etc. They hate the idea of individual responsibility, because someone might call on them to act responsibly.

The one thing most boomers hate is the idea of being responsible for anything. They aren't willing to admit they gambled on a home loan and a home they couldn't afford. (It is the evil bankers fault.) They aren't responsible for losing all of their money on the internet stock bubble. (The brokers lied.) They don't have to spend time raising their kids. (The internet should be censored, TV should be censored, games, records, radio, ... so that they don't need to control what their kids do.) With things like seatbelt laws, they don't want people to be free to make a choice. They want government to make that choice.

I could go on. But let's stick to the topic at hand. Crime and taking responsibility for your safety and the safety of those you care about. Crime has risk values. You can't control all of the factors, but you can control some. If you fail to take the precautions you can, you are not living as an adult. Lock your doors. Wear your seatbelt while driving. Stop smoking. None of these commands will ensure your safety or your health. (People wearing a seatbelt can still die in a car crash.) But mention this in the context of crime and you are accused of blaming the victim. Why? I think Freud said it best. Immature people want their parents (or the government) to protect them. Even when it has been shown the government can't, and doesn't even have the duty to protect.

Consider one final quote.
“The right of citizens to bear arms is just one more guarantee against arbitrary government, and one more safeguard against a tyranny which now appears remote in America, but which historically has proved to be always possible,” said Democrat Hubert Humphrey, vice president and presidential candidate in 1968.
Makes you wonder what happened to the Democratic party. [hat tip NRA-ILA]

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