Originally posted by Kali74
The Liberal Gun Club
An Anarchist Case Against Gun Control
Anarchists envision a society without government, a world where individual people, sometimes on their own and sometimes in cooperation with others, take care of themselves, their needs, their desires. One can expect that in such a libertarian society, with no restrictions on peoples freedom to engage in whatever non-coercive productive and commercial activities they choose, and the absence of oppressive political institutions and laws, there will be far fewer incidents of theft and physical attack than there are today. While changing the world to eliminate poverty and institutional violence may be the ultimate solution to the problem of violence and robbery, until that time non-coercive people need a means of defense against those who are not as peaceful as they are.
Most people now look to the armed forces of the government, whether police or military, for such protection. However, not only do police and military personnel do an abysmal job of protecting individuals, they are often themselves the perpetrators of coercive violence. In light of this, people need to look to themselves and their chosen communities for self-defense. Such a strategy of self-defense must include the freedom to own and use handguns without putting oneself at risk of arrest and/or violence by agents of the government.
Many states and cities in the United States have very restrictive laws against handgun ownership and use, under the pretext that such laws keep handguns out of the possession of violent aggressors. In fact, these statutes commonly do nothing of the sort. Their primary effect is to disarm peaceable individuals and leave them at the mercy both of hoods and cops. Aggressors, who are already violating various laws by killing, raping, robbing, etc, will not necessarily be deterred from using guns by criminalizing their use as well. If they were afraid of laws they would not be attacking other people to begin with. Gun control laws make the lives of human predators easier, by depriving their potential victims of an effective means of defense.
This is the typical stance Anarchists (extreme left) take on gun control, while I don't personally agree even though I find myself sharing the ideology, I thought it might do some people good to see a well written, commonly shared opinion from the Left.
I think it's about time to stop alienating based on ideologies.
I think that is a commonly shared opinion whether left or right. I haven't met one person that is OK with a ban on handguns or 'assault rifles' outright, but I have not met anyone who would vie for the possession of any and everything that has the potential to take a human life. Somewhere, All the people in my community (and friends from different states) draw the line, in essence, cutting off those extremes. I do wonder where the media finds these people though.