Tuesday, July 20, 2010

The Real Reason for Gun Control

Kevin Williamson has an excellent article over at the National Review Online entitled Coyotes In the State of Nature. No, it really isn't about Coyotes. A quote:

People have a visceral reaction to guns, which is why the reactions to the Supreme Court’s recent decision in McDonald v. City of Chicago have been so emotional. One extraordinarily telling reaction came from David Ignatius of the Washington Post, whose response was headlined: “The Supreme Court Gun Decision Moves Us Toward Anarchy.” Mr. Ignatius wrote: “My biggest worry with Monday’s Supreme Court decision is that by ruling, in effect, that every American can apply for a gun license, the justices will make gun ownership much more pervasive in a society that already has too many guns. After all, if I know that my neighbor is armed and preparing for Armageddon situations where law and order break down (as so many are — just read the right-wing blogs) then I have to think about protecting my family, too. That’s the state-of-nature, everyone for himself logic that prevails in places such as Lebanon, Iraq and Afghanistan.”

Mr. Ignatius here is remarkably forthcoming: He is not worried about guns in the hands of criminals, but about guns in the hands of law-abiding citizens, people who are willing to apply for a permit and jump through the bureaucratic hoops re­quired of gun buyers. His nightmare is not an America in which criminals run amok with Glocks, or even an America in which gun permits are handed out liberally, but an America in which “every American can apply for a gun license.” Never mind the approval of licenses, the mere application gives Mr. Ignatius the howling fantods. It is wonderfully apt that he references the “state of nature” in his criticism, imagining a Hobbesian version of life in these United States: solitary, poor, nasty, brutish, and short, permeated by the aroma of cordite. Mr. Ignatius, like Thomas Hobbes, is casting his lot with Leviathan and makes no apology for it.
I won't spoil the ending for you. You'll just have to go and read it. It's short. But I will tell you that the masks are coming off. What was once hidden is now spoken of quite openly. Let those who have eyes, see.


  1. It is refreshing to find so many of the heretofore-hidden hoplophobes coming right out & advocating the destruction of our God-given rights. It helps to ensure that we don't expend efforts in useless directions.

  2. Rev. Paul,

    Still, I am amazed at all the masks coming off. I am amazed that finally, FINALLY, we are finding out the true motives for gun control, and we have been right all along. They aren't afraid of the criminals. They are afraid of their neighbors. They are afraid of us.

    How sad is that?

    Best wishes,