The only dog
I have in this fight is a tiny one, about the size and ferocity of a miniature Chihuahua. Unlike many
of my friends, I’m more concerned about property rights than gun rights--that
is, I’m more concerned about federal agents, backed by force and guns, taking
my property, particularly the fruits of my labor, and giving the loot to those
who don’t deserve it.
Even if I owned a true assault weapon,
either an illegal fully-automatic rifle or one of the canons that I fired in
the Army, I wouldn’t be able to stop the taking of my property, unless there
were a revolution and enough fellow Americans wanted to join me. Given the
fact that the majority of Americans are now on the take, and given that my
courage (and testosterone) has diminished with age, there is zero chance of
Still, I was struck by what you left out
of your remarks.
First, you didn’t say anything about the
hundreds of millions of people killed by governments just in the twentieth
century--more by communist governments than fascist ones. Even our democratic
government has killed thousands this century, including hundreds of innocent
children in Iraq and Afghanistan,
some by rifles, some by rockets, some by drones, some by jets, some by
artillery, and some by rifles. We can debate whether these killings were
justified to defend the United
States and in keeping with just-war
philosophy. But there is no denying that they happened. Nor is there no
denying that our arms industry has sold assault weapons of every variety around
the world, including to bad guys.
Perhaps the world would be safer if there
were a ban on government.
Second, you didn’t say anything about the
war on drugs. Credible law enforcement experts have said that about 75% of
crime in America
is due the war on drugs, a result similar to what occurred during
Prohibition. Case in point: My former college roommate is federal district
judge. He is disillusioned with what should be one of the most prestigious and
honorable professions in government, because he spends most of his time on drug
cases and has to sentence Americans to long prison terms for crimes that
wouldn’t have happened if it were not for the war on drugs.
didn’t say anything about the marked decline in two-parent families, largely
due to misguided welfare programs that provide an incentive for men to abandon
their children. Only a leftist ideologue would deny the established link
between welfare and the fragmentation of the family and the fragmentation of
communities, all of which combine to produce a higher incidence of violence
among young men without positive male role models. This,
coupled with the war on drugs, explains why there were 500 homicides last year
in your adopted hometown of Chicago.
Granted, most of the mass killings have
been committed by anti-social young white men, including those from two-parent
families, probably due to psychotropic drugs. But that doesn’t obviate
the fact that, as horrific as such killings are, they are a tiny fraction of
I understand why you didn’t address the killings by government, the killings due to the war on drugs, and the killings due to welfare. It would have been political suicide to do so. Lucky for you, the media and the masses have been so dumbed down and brainwashed that they will let you get by with your silence on these issues.
Mencken’s Ghost is the nom de plume of an Arizona writer who can be reached at email@example.com.