April 03, 2009
Not gun grabbers. Gun monopolists.
Not long ago, the following pronouncement from Hillary Clinton upset me enough that in desperation I turned to Ayn Rand:
"Our inability to prevent weapons from being illegally smuggled across the border to arm these criminals causes the deaths of police, of soldiers, and civilians."Ugh! (That is the Secretary of State, talking, after all....)
In a great PJM piece today, Bob Owens takes a critical look at this utterance:
Sadly, media already sympathetic toward gun control take such claims at face value, even when the evidence proves that the most dangerous weapons used by cartels in Mexico come from sources outside of the civilian U.S. gun market. Yes, there are small arms and ammunition being smuggled illegally into Mexico by cartels battling the authorities and each other for supremacy. Yes, many of those firearms presently come from the United States, but they are brought in by cartels that specialize in international smuggling.What Owens proposes is to allow Mexicans to own guns in self defense, along the Iraqi model:
Mexico should look to the more successful gun policies of a nation that overcame a far more brutal reign of gunmen. That nation is Iraq.I think that's a brilliant idea, and totally in keeping with human rights and individual dignity. (Probably why it will never be implemented.)
People forget that many of those we call "gun grabbers" are not stereotypical anti-gun pacifists trying to achieve a John Lennon "Imagine" society where guns magically disappear. Many of them are gun monopolists, who think gun ownership should be the exclusive province of the government and government-favored elites. Plenty of "gun grabbers" either carry guns, or are surrounded by people who do. But if you're not a member of their club, you have no right to your guns. The idea of ordinary people being able to defend themselves fills them with terror. Self sufficient people are not as easily frightened, and this makes their rulers feel irrelevant. Hence they want a gun monopoly for themselves. Makes a lot of sense.
It wouldn't surprise me if the guys who run the Mexican drug cartel feel pretty much the same way about keeping ordinary people disarmed and disempowered.
Elites tend to think alike.
posted by Eric on 04.03.09 at 09:26 AM
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