Friday, March 21, 2014

America leads by example

I often hear anti-gun folks say that the Founding Father's idea of enshrining gun rights is outdated because America's modern military is too advanced to be overthrown by civilians with rifles.

I reject that idea, and I think a decade in Iraq has shown us just how formidable an enemy with rifles and no tanks or jet fighters can be. I also know that the effort to fight a civil war is a problem the government wants to avoid even if it expects it would win.

But what's not up for debate is that armed civilian uprisings in another nations stand a damn good chance against their militaries. Venezuela comes to mind, assuming they can be armed.

If America really did try to ban the possession of "war weapons" like magazine-fed rifles, wouldn't that promote a universal ban of those weapons in other nations, and make justified revolutions in other nations that much harder?

Being able to possess and carry a weapon for ones own protection is a universal human right, and America needs to continue to set an example for the rest of the world by protecting that right.

1 comment:

  1. There is also a strong possibility that the military, at least in part, could join with so called rebels, bringing their tanks and aircraft with them, the police can't likely be trusted to entirely side with the government either.