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Tuesday, July 08, 2008

A Nation of Cowards

H/T: Texas CHL Forum (The post leads to a text version of the HTML article (1993) linked in the title - Gene)

Our entire popular culture . . . positively screams the matchless worth of the individual . . .

BUT . . .

. . . the media and the law enforcement establishment continually advise us that, when confronted with the threat of lethal violence, we should not resist, but simply give the attacker what he wants.

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If the individual's dignity lies in the fact that he is a moral agent engaging in actions of his own will, in free exchange with others, then crime always violates the victim's dignity.

Our home was burglarized twice. Our car once. Under a street light. In front of our church. All of us felt violated afterwards. Oh, yeah. And fearful. too. Even when the culprits were caught and in custody before we knew of their crimes. Besides, they didn't stay in custody very long.

BTW, we had long discussions about "What if . . .":

  • My wife or very young daughter had been home and . . .
  • I had been there alone . . .
  • All of us had been there . . .

The pair of "good kids gone bad" that were caught the first time and the other pair of "good kids gone bad" that were observed, too late to apprehend, would probably have messed in their pants and run for it. Then.

Small comfort when YOU and YOURS come to the attention of someone already violating both moral and criminal law. There IS no room for a so-called "social contract" BS the elitists want us to swallow!

Snyder continues:

Although difficult for modern man to fathom, it was once widely believed that life was a gift from God, that to not defend that life when offered violence was to hold God's gift in contempt, to be a coward and to breach one's duty to one's community. A sermon given in Philadelphia in 1747 unequivocally equated the failure to defend oneself with suicide: "He that suffers his life to be taken from him by one that hath no authority for that purpose, when he might preserve it by defense, incurs the Guilt of self murder since God hath enjoined him to seek the continuance of his life, and Nature itself teaches every creature to defend itself."

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"Cowardice" and "self-respect" have largely disappeared from public discourse.

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It is impossible to address the problem of rampant crime without talking about the moral responsibility of the intended victim. Crime is rampant because the law-abiding, each of us, condone it, excuse it, permit it, submit to it. We permit and encourage it because we do not fight back, immediately, then and there, where it happens. Crime is not rampant because we do not have enough prisons, because judges and prosecutors are too soft, because the police are hamstrung with absurd technicalities. The defect is there, in our character. We are a nation of cowards and shirkers.

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The idea that protection is a service people can call to have delivered and expect to receive in a timely fashion is often mocked by gun owners, who love to recite the challenge, "Call for a cop, call for an ambulance, and call for a pizza. See who shows up first."

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Many people deal with the problem of crime by convincing themselves that they live, work, and travel only in special "crime-free" zones. Invariably, they react with shock and hurt surprise when they discover that criminals do not play by the rules and do not respect these imaginary boundaries. If, however, you understand that crime can occur anywhere at anytime, and if you understand that you can be maimed or mortally wounded in mere seconds, you may wish to consider whether you are willing to place the responsibility for safeguarding your life in the hands of others.

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By any rational measure, nearly all gun control proposals are hokum.

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They (gun control measures - Gene) are founded on the belief that America's law-abiding gun owners are the source of the problem.

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No, the gun control proposals of HCI (Handgun Control, Inc. - now known as the Brady Violence Policy Center - Gene) and other organizations are not seriously intended as crime control. Something else is at work here.

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Gun control is a moral crusade against a benighted, barbaric citizenry. This is demonstrated not only by the ineffectualness of gun control in preventing crime, and by the fact that it focuses on restricting the behavior of the law-abiding rather than apprehending and punishing the guilty . . .

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. . . "[s]tudies consistently show that, on the average, gun owners are better educated and have more prestigious jobs than non-owners.... Later studies show that gun owners are less likely than non-owners to approve of police brutality, violence against dissenters, etc."

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The liberal elite know that they are philosopher-kings. They know that the people simply cannot be trusted; that they are incapable of just and fair self-government; that left to their own devices, their society will be racist, sexist, homophobic, and inequitable -- and the liberal elite know how to fix things. They are going to help us live the good and just life, even if they have to lie to us and force us to do it. And they detest those who stand in their way. (Emphasis added - Gene)

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Classical republican philosophy has long recognized the critical relationship between personal liberty and the possession of arms by a people ready and willing to use them. Political theorists as dissimilar as Niccolo Machiavelli, Sir Thomas More, James Harrington, Algernon Sidney, John Locke, and Jean-Jacques Rousseau all shared the view that the possession of arms is vital for resisting tyranny, and that to be disarmed by one's government is tantamount to being enslaved by it.

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It is by no means obvious why it is "civilized" to permit oneself to fall easy prey to criminal violence, and to permit criminals to continue unobstructed in their evil ways.

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In truth, one who believes it wrong to arm himself against criminal violence shows contempt of God's gift of life (or, in modern parlance, does not properly value himself), does not live up to his responsibilities to his family and community, and proclaims himself mentally and morally deficient, because he does not trust himself to behave responsibly. In truth, a state that deprives its law-abiding citizens of the means to effectively defend themselves is not civilized but barbarous, becoming an accomplice of murderers, rapists, and thugs and revealing its totalitarian nature by its tacit admission that the disorganized, random havoc created by criminals is far less a threat than are men and women who believe themselves free and independent, and act accordingly. (Emphasis added - Gene)

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Our society suffers greatly from the beliefs that only official action is legitimate and that the state is the source of our earthly salvation.

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. . . and that crime is not about sex or property but life, liberty, and dignity.

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The republic depends upon fervent devotion to all our fundamental rights.

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God Bless Ya'll !

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