Ideas are more powerful than guns.
We would not let our political
opponents have guns.
opponents have guns.
Why should we let them
. . . Joseph Stalin (articulating
the "Youmaynot Philosophy!")
Australia this time!
Most of this day, I've listened to hand-wringing commentators on many networks, including Fox News, agonizing about how to prevent lethal attacks on citizens in Western countries by Islamic terrorists.
"Lone Wolf" is the "term du jour," but the next attack may be more organized, along the Mumbai Massacre model, and we'll be back to talking about that convention.
No corespondent was able to offer any concrete solution, save outright banning of Islamics from our shores!
We have observed over the past few decades that neither Jewish Zionists, nor Christian Crusaders, nor Norwegian folk-dancers for that matter, have presented a terrorist problem. The problem is always Islamics. Islamics are terrorists, and have been for the past 1,500 years!
We can, immersed in PC, dance around that fact, ad-nauseam, but it is something we all plainly see.
The only legitimate answer to these unprovoked and mostly unpredictable terrorist attacks ("lone-wolf" or otherwise) on innocent citizens in Western countries, is privately-armed, private citizens! Of course, that is the only solution, the mere mention of which, is absolutely banned from the lips of all media commentators and "officials" alike. It is prohibited from even being acknowledged, much less publically discussed, in any fair and enlightened forum!
The open discussion of armed teachers in public schools was also "subject non-grata," for years. Some of my courageous colleagues, Mas Ayoob for one, were viciously censured for even suggesting that the subject be talked about in anything but whispers! The concept is only now seeing the light of day! Curiously, it has worked splendidly everywhere it has been tried, but the very idea of such a high degree of personal freedom predictably upsets control-freaks ("Youmaynots"), both elected and appointed.
Two days ago, the Lindt Cafe in Sidney was filled with unarmed
IguessIcan'ts, all of whom were obediently following the dictates of Youmaynots in Parliament (who themselves duplicitously enjoy continuous personal protection provided by heavily-armed bodyguards), and thus submissively left the important matter of self-protection against Jihadi madmen exclusively to "the police." They were unwittingly betting their lives on that personal decision.
Several lost that bet!
Sadly, no Icans were present. A single audacious, armed citizen could have stopped this violent attack in its tracks, and, in so doing, discouraged others
Disarmed and helpless IguessIcant's, who religiously obeyed wide-reaching gun bans enacted by Youmaynots, were, once again, pitilessly murdered and maimed during this incident. As a result, future massacres are, even now, being entertained.
Politicians have expressed "deep personal concern." They always do. I'm sure that represents a prodigious source of comfort to families of the murdered!
Every "collectivist reform," without fail, peremptorily supplants its purported goal of everlasting utopia with a sinister, but familiar, feudal system of "masters-and-slaves," wherein owners remain few, and the masses are forced to accept "security" at the expense of perpetual servitude. And, of course, Youmaynots are ever fearful of armed slaves!
Curiously, modern firearms, which Youmaynots piously purport to hate, are actually protecting them every moment! Those particular guns are apparently okay. It's only privately-owned guns, that protect you, that they don't like. Although you may not view yourself as a slave, they do!
One might even accuse those particular Youmaynots of being Exceptformes!
The Roman Republic fell, not because of the ambition of Caesar, but because it had already long ceased to be a republic at all. When the sturdy Roman Plebeian, who lived by his own labor, who voted without reward according to his own convictions, and who formed in war the terrible Roman Legion had been changed into an idle creature who craved nothing in life save the gratification of a thirst for vapid excitement, who was fed by the state, and who sold his vote to the highest bidder, then the end of the Republic was at hand, and nothing could save it.
. . . Theodore Roosevelt
NOTE: The foregoing post was written and published in a private newsletter on December 15, 2014, by John S. Farnam. Mr. Farnam and his wife, Vicki, own and operate Defense Training International. They both are among the nation's preeminent firearms instructors and personal safety and security experts.