Thursday, February 22, 2018
The Greatest Killers
By Robert Wenzel
Last week, horrific shootings took place at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland Florida. Seventeen are dead.
Yet, the killer, Nikolas Cruz, compares not at all to the greatest killers on the planet, government men.
In his important book, Death by Government: Genocide and Mass Murder Since 1900, R.J. Rummel reported on the hundreds of millions killed by government during the first three-quarters of the 20th century.
And yet, without irony, mainstream media reported on the President of the largest government on the planet, a government that has dropped two atomic bombs, and his "listening" meeting with survivors of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shootings.
As if Trump, who plans to expand the rules of engagement for nuclear weapons, is a person to look to for solutions to terrible killings.
In the horror of what took place in Parkland, Florida, it is not difficult to understand how parents of those killed and surviving students could get their logic wires and emotions wires crossed.
However, banning of various guns in the United States, which were advocated by many at the White House gathering, is not the solution. There are various other solutions.
There are a lot of mistakes in the U.S. Constitution but the second amendment is not one of them.
The Founding Fathers knew exactly what they were doing when they added that amendment. It was a counter to the potential for government to get out of control. The right to bear arms was not about
giving citizens the right to hunt. It was about having dispersed weaponry throughout the land as a last ditch protection against evil and totalitarian government.
Naturally, the dumb socialist, Trump, understands none of this. He has called for the end to bump stocks and he has called for more mental tests before granting a person a permit to purchase a gun.
As for the mental tests, the big question is, of course, who will administer the tests? Under what guidlines? And how will the guidelines expand over time?
As for the banning of bump stocks, it is just one less dispersed weapon (accesory) of the type the Founding Fathers wanted us to have.
But what happens when a shooting takes place when a bump stock is not used? Cruz did not use a bump stock in Parkland. What will the wired-crossed people want banned next?
It is a slow creep to making the United States a kill zone where we have no last ditch protection against totalitarians, a protection the Founding Fathers wanted us to have.
It will make the country into a cowering place where we won't be able to fight back, if necessary, just like the kids of Parkland weren't able to fight back.
Gun control is about moving in the direction of making the United Staes a great kill zone so that we have absolutely no protection against the greatest killer that history shows us exists, government. This, above all else, needs to be understood in the current discussion.
Robert Wenzel is Editor & Publisher of EconomicPolicyJournal.com and Target Liberty. He also writes EPJ Daily Alert and is author of The Fed Flunks: My Speech at the New York Federal Reserve Bank. Follow him on twitter:@wenzeleconomics and on LinkedIn. His youtube series is here: Robert Wenzel Talks Economics. The Robert Wenzel podcast is on iphone and stitcher.
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