Friday, February 13, 2009

You are going to die! Part IX

Everyone knows guns can be used for killing. Bombs, mines, knives, swords and other weapons might hurt, maim and kill. Those who have weapons are normally police officers, hunters and criminals. And of course we have armies that are armed in order to kill other armies, civilians or whatever someone points them at. During the course of history those with weapons have normally been those in charge. Often outlawing or at least minimizing the use and ownership of weapons among the public. Wars have been the main reason for building and creating new weapons. Sometimes wars have only been fought between professionals and sometimes wars have been waged with enlisted people. Sometimes wars have been waged between different countries and sometimes it has been civil upraising or rebellions. This later part has been at least as common as the first. Different sovereigns have, with different amounts of success, tried to keep potential uprisings to a minimum through law, a big loyal army, harsh punishments or, very seldom, through good governing. Another popular way of keeping people quit and not being able to fight their oppressors have been through weapon control, which is the normal way of handling this potential problem today.

As mentioned above criminals often use weapons to subdue their victims. It can be knife to the throat of the woman being raped or a gun pointed at the bank manager. Criminals know that people might be trained in martial arts or when being trapped might fight back, even against the odds. So the use of a weapon makes victims easier to handle.

These are two excellent reasons for normal people to own, carry and be trained with their own weapons. An oppressive government or a criminal wanting to rob, rape or murder you would most likely think twice about doing anything to you if they know there is a high probability of you, and all those around you, also are carrying weapons. This is also the main reason why the founding fathers of America thought it necessary to write the right to bear arms into the constitution. Or to take a quota from a movie: “People should not fear the government; the government should fear the people”.

This is also the two main reasons why governments and their support troops (journalists, police, social services and so on) do not want you to own a gun. You might actually use it to defend yourself. I’m not saying it’s always intentional. Most politicians probably not even think directly about it, but in the back of their heads they know that if they make a law that people really detest, they might not be able to enforce it if people are willing to defend themselves not obeying that law. And the same goes for those criminals. If people can defend themselves, what do we need the police and courts (in essence; the government) for? There is also a third reason, the ownership issue in itself. If people are allowed to own things they themselves want, without government approval, we have a very bad situation where the governments have lost a big part of the power they hold. One of the key functions and the main reader how big and how much power the government holds is how much they decide what we own and not.

My opinion is that it should be open season on anyone(s) who tries to control, monitor and decide what you should do or own. But then I’m a nutcase who believes in personal freedom and thinks that pretty much everyone on this planet is idiots. I might not be the best spokesperson for gun rights.

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