posted on Jul, 21 2012 @ 05:59 PM
In case you've been sleeping in the closet there is a predictable debate regarding gun control going on after "The Batman Massacre". Most of us
have heard the common sayings of the founding fathers on the issue:
"Laws that forbid the carrying of arms...disarm only those who are neither inclined nor determined to commit crimes...Such laws make things worse for
the assaulted and better for the assailants; they serve rather to encourage than to prevent homicides, for an unarmed man may be attacked with greater
confidence than an armed man." -Thomas Jefferson, quoting Cesare Beccaria.
"...arms...discourage and keep the invader and plunderer in awe, and preserve order in the world as well as property. ...Horrid mischief would ensue
were (the law-abiding) deprived the use of them." -Thomas Paine.
After coming across the Dalai Lama quote below I got curious as to what other great peacemakers and users of non-violence as a form of protest had to
say about guns:
"If someone has a gun and is trying to kill you, it would be reasonable to shoot back with your own gun. Not at the head, where a fatal wound might
result. But at some other body part, such as a leg."-Dalai Lama
"Among the many misdeeds of the British rule in India, history will look upon the Act depriving a whole nation of arms as the blackest. If we want
the Arms Act to be repealed, if we want to learn the use of arms, here is a golden opportunity."-Gandhi
"Finally, I contended that the debate over the question of self-defense was unnecessary since few people suggested that Negroes should not defend
themselves as individuals when attacked. The question was not whether one should use his gun when his home was attacked, but whether it was tactically
wise to use a gun while participating in an organized demonstration...As we have seen, the first public expression of disenchantment with nonviolence
arose around the question of "self-defense." In a sense this is a false issue, for the right to defend one's home and one's person when attacked
has been guaranteed through the ages by common law." Martin Luther King, Jr.(it also turns out King applied for, and was denied, a concealed wepons
permit after his house was bombed)
I found it quite interesting that these heroes of pacifists and non-violence drew a distinction between self defense and violence when it comes to
what "peace" means. Why is it that many of those who champion these men seem to disagree with them?