Yesterday I came across one of the silliest memes I’ve ever seen — and most political memes border on the idiotic — about, of course, the second amendment and protection from tyranny.
It said (only in pictures, you know, since memes are politics for the illiterate) that in 200 years guns had killed neighbors, pets, family members and innocent bystanders but had done nothing to avert tyranny.
Will someone find my eyes? They seem to have rolled so hard that if I weren’t writing this from the airport, the cats would be batting them under furniture.
We won’t go into the other things guns have killed in 200 years, starting with deer and ending with criminals, burglars, would-be-murderers and people attempting home invasion. (Apparently these people’s neighbors pets and family members include a great number of gang members and criminals. Hey, I don’t judge.)
Rather, we’re going to ask “How do you know it didn’t prevent tyranny?”
And they’re going to sputter back something about armed rebellion. But that’s not the point of allowing the populace to be armed.
Oh, sure, it’s part of the point. If things get that bad that midnight arrest squads are going door to door and kicking doors down and trying to arrest you, sure, that’s when you need your guns to resist. We’ve never got there. That’s because when an armed populace is working properly to resist tyranny, it never gets to the point of midnight arrest squads. Why not? Because they know you’ll shoot their traitorous asses, that’s why.
How do we know tyranny is being prevented or at least curtailed? Well, how would you know if there is no tyranny?
I think a pretty good indication is how would-be tyrants and statists hate despise and try to do an end run around the second amendment.
They know as well as you do that higher gun ownership correlates to lower crime, and they don’t even try to bring that up most of the time. Instead, they try to ride the emotion wave, whenever there’s a mass murder. From Sandy Hook to Las Vegas, they’re there, standing on top of barely cold corpses, demanding that guns be taken from everyone, even though objectively in every one of those cases, no regulation would have prevented the crime.
No, not even if you forbid guns utterly. Why not? Well, first because laws aren’t magical. Just because you write something down, it doesn’t magically happen. Even in countries where guns are forbidden, guns still get in. They get in through criminal connections, hostile country smuggling and myriad other means. It’s just that it’s only the criminals who are armed. Because law abiding people try to abide by the laws.
And honestly, even if someone like the Las Vegas shooter were unable to find a single gun, he could have done worse and thrown explosives down into the crowd. If you think the death toll is bad now…
But the whole point is that asking us to show you when tyranny was prevented is the same as us telling you that socialism has prevented the existence of squid farms on Mars. You can’t prove it, unless there’s a machine that shows a parallel world where different conditions obtained.
Or you can use your brain and think logically, something these particular meme=makers seemed unable to do.
You can read American history and the very real abuses of civil liberties under such would-be-tyrants as Wilson and FDR and realize they never got as bad as in other countries at the same time, because, well… because an armed populace might not put up with it.
Or you can look now, at the fact that most attacks take place in gun free zones or gun free cities. Or in this case from enough distance to render that moot.
That might give you some indication that some attacks, domestic or government, are being thwarted.
You can also study the statistics. There are remarkably few gun-killings by accident, despite all the crying you hear from the gun-grabbers. Sure, there is any number of children shooting children, but those statistics, to be meaningful, had to be inflated by calling 19 year old gang-bangers “children.” The truly accidental child shooting child incidents are probably about as many as tragic lawn mower accidents or child-pulls-pan-of-boiling water on head.
And there are a remarkably large number of times guns saved lives. Or I should say saved innocent lives. A number of those won’t show up except as a blip in local news, stuff like “local widow scares away burglar by pulling gun.” In other cases, they swell the “gun deaths” statistics, because the homeowner or accosted passer bye shot the evil doer.
In those cases, it’s a squid farms situation all the way down. Yeah, I know, I can hear the left wail about “murdering” criminals who could be rehabilitated. But listen, okay, there’s something we’ve learned over the 20th century by virtue of keeping statistics: a) it’s almost impossible to rehabilitate criminals. While it might be meritorious to try, it’s still an almost impossible task. Particularly criminals who have progressed to breaking and entering on an occupied house or perhaps armed robbery. b) most of the crime is committed by habitual criminals.
So when someone kills a criminal in self defense, there’s a good chance they didn’t just save their own life, but the lives of everyone that criminal would go on to attack.
It’s a squid farm situation, again. You can weep over the poor dead criminal, but you don’t see how many of the victims who didn’t die were spared.
The problem of socialism is that it hides both the benefits of the policies it detests, and the injury of the policies it promotes. Perhaps if we didn’t spend all our money paying people not to be productive or creative or industrious, and therefore had a completely different type of society, we would have those squid farms on Mars.
But for now I’ll settle for the equally impossible tyranny that was never established over these United States.
240 some years and no sign of tyranny. Obviously the armed populace is working. Give yourselves a pat in the back, and go forth in liberty. And don’t let the idiots and the power-hungry tell you it would be better if you abdicated your responsibilities to governmental and impersonal forces.
Your liberties are yours to guard. Keep it up.