Far better it is to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs, even though checkered by failure, than to take rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy much nor suffer much, because they live in the gray twilight that knows neither victory nor defeat.

Theodore Roosevelt, The Strenuous Life

By , on June 6, 2010

Current Events, Firearms


My sympathies are with the families and friends of those shot last week by the deranged taxi driver in England.

A reading of my earlier posts will reveal little support by me for the English approach to gun regulation and their prohibition rules. It seems as though Brits are only able to possess single shot rifles and shotguns. Pump action shotguns are illegal, as are all handguns. Any firearm in the possession of a citizen must be licensed.

We also heard the reports in Jamaica of the outlaws having guns available when the possession of them by the citizenry is clearly illegal.

The Brits are paying a huge price for their loss of what some of us believe is an inalienable right. They are not permitted to defend themselves, yet still suffer, at least rarely, from random and wanton firearms violence. This episode of violence endured for hours, while citizens scrambled for cover and unarmed police were called. Medics were tending victims while the perpetrator simply continued wreaking havoc.

Many of us think that we have violence problems that will always manifest, irrespective of the regulations on the tools used by the crackpots. After all, shooting innocent people and then yourself is not that different than using a suicide bomb, a tactic available irrespective of firearm regulations.

It is prudent for free societies to find the correct balance between private ownership of firearms for lawful purposes and reasonable regulation that respects the rights of the law abiding to be armed. It makes sense to recognize that people sometimes do evil things and there are always tools available to advance those interests. Solving the problem by outlawing tools of destruction is not a successful strategy.



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