In the wake of Orlando, Democrats are predictably calling for gun control. And in other news, the Massachusetts Attorney General is trying to prevent ExxonMobil from defending itself by means of argument. These stories and more in today’s show. See Program Notes, below, for all the stories, etc., I plan to discuss.
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Omar Mateen Posted to Facebook Amid Orlando Attack, Lawmaker Says
Daniel Greenfield: Muslim Privilege Killed 49 People in Orlando HT Bosch Fawstin
HT Glenn Jameson
West Hollywood Inundated With AMAZING Pro-Gun, Pro-Gay Posters
Gun sales surge among gays, lesbians after Orlando shooting
Gun homicides steady after decline in ’90s; suicide rate edges up HT Rob Abiera
First the Government Went After ExxonMobil. Now They’re Going After Me.
My response to Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey. pic.twitter.com/lFFhIPFMls
— Alex Epstein (@AlexEpstein) June 15, 2016
Defiance, not obedience, is the American's answer to overbearing authority.
— Ayn Rand Bot (@AynRandBot) June 15, 2016
Soda Tax Passes in Philadelphia. Advocates Ask: Who’s Next?
California lawmakers unplug the state’s electric car program HT Rob Abiera
‘F*** You, Islam’: Homophobic Canadian Commentator Kisses Milo In Orlando HT Bosch Fawstin
2 responses to ““When Government Goes After Your Guns And Your Arguments,” TODAY at 3 p.m. ET (12 p.m. PT)”
A few points on this topic:
1. Innocent until proven guilty is synonymous with non-criminal until you commit a crime. I don’t care how good the cops are, victims (should they be the targets) are always first ones on the scene, and when seconds count the cops are only minutes away. The possibility of non-criminals turning criminal will never be zero so long as man possesses free-will. For these reasons to construct legal barriers preventing access to a means of self-defense would be, well, criminal.
2. Delegation means someone/group will be acting on your behalf based on your sanction. Delegation of rights is a very important concept in understanding how a government’s actions can be moral. Delegation of rights does not mean, however, complete loss of rights of Individuals via a transfer (not even partial loss). In fact no loss of rights has occurred via delegation. Assuming we correctly understand the concept of unalienable rights to mean we cannot lose, give, surrender, transfer or forget away the right to self-defense, so we cannot lose, give, surrender, transfer or forget away the right to the means of self-defense. The right and the means of exercising that right go hand-in-hand. For these reasons to construct legal barriers preventing access to a means of self-defense would be, well, a violation of our rights.
3. Our structure of government as it is currently misunderstood by our Justices leaves no remedy to resist statism via secession, making it more likely that secession would lead to a war (otherwise known as a revolutionary war if secessionists should win, or a civil war should the unionists win). A proper government would explicitly allow any sub-component to secede peacefully as a built in mechanism to protect our right to freely associate — and it would not be up for change via convention (as rights are not determined by votes). These sub-components of a larger government that can secede would have access to the larger weapons Dr. Brooks saw as a requirement to defeat conventional forces, but would be odd for individuals to possess.
As an aside, I think Texas should declare its independence and effectively secede. It would be messy, but I believe that’s the change needed to see a free society within my life time. They have a fairly robust national guard BTW.
PS if these concepts are not in Dr. Smith’s book on the moral case for rights (next on reading list after Equal is unfair), then I ought to continue my project on rights.
I finally have a chance to listen to this week’s show. Your comment about the left saying “it’s just about the gun” or “it’s just homophobia” and trying to equate the not baking a cake for a gay wedding to a jihadist killing gays was largely what I wrote about this week, There was a tweet by Sally Kohn just hours after the massacre which almost explicitly equated the two. To borrow a word, I found the idea she expressed revulsifying.