Yeah, big stick, dead horse…but for some reason, I was recently in the mood for a bit of ranting, so here goes:
As you all probably heard, on March 9, 2018, Florida Governor Rick Scott signed the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Public Safety Act, a far-reaching bill that places new restrictions on guns.
From the above linked article, published by the Las Vegas Review-Journal: “Surrounded by family members of the 17 people killed in the Valentine’s Day shooting, the GOP governor said the bill balances “our individual rights with need for public safety.”
So perhaps I’ll start my rant with the famous quote by one of the Founding Fathers, the venerable Benjamin Franklin: “Those who would give up essential liberty, to purchase a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety.”
Next, let’s take a look at the Libertarian principles upon which this nation was founded: Though fundamentally flawed, the Libertarian ideology of limited government posits that the one legitimate roll of government is to protect the rights, liberty, and property of the people. So once government(s) begin passing laws which, instead of protecting these, actually violate the rights, restrict the liberty, or confiscate the property of the people (individuals), then it has crossed the line of (albeit misperceived) legitimacy into, by definition, criminality.
Also from the Review-Journal article: the new Florida law “raises the minimum age to buy rifles from 18 to 21, extends a three-day waiting period for handgun purchases to include long guns and bans bump stocks.” These are all, obviously, violations of the rights of individuals, as well the Constitution which intends to protects them.
Finally, I’ll wrap up my rant with an observation: It’s amazing to me how many ways politicians/legislative bodies can find to “not infringe” on the inherent right of the individuals to arm and protect themselves. This right is not granted by the Constitution, nor by any politician or legislative body; rather, it is inherent in our humanity, and the Second Amendment was intended to protect that natural right from any infringement whatsoever by any politician or legislative body, not to grant that right, thus implying that it can somehow be rescinded.
In noble battles such as this, the NRA and its members, along with all of us libertarians/anarchists (or my preferred term, Autarchists), and other honorable groups such as Oath Keepers, are attempting to protect all of us from our (already largely out of control) government(s).
And one day, everyone will be grateful that we did…