By Robert Wenzel
I am pretty shocked by some of the comments left at the post, Under The Trump Administration: The Disarming of the American People Continues.
The post discussed President Trump's plan to ban bump stocks.
These are some of the comments that were left:
I am aware of the concept of a slippery slope. I theoretically oppose greater gun control. Even so I don't see that banning bump stocks is much of a concern. How many people own a bump stock in Arizona? 1,000, 10,000? How useful are they? Bump stocks presumably have been around for decades and until Las Vegas I haven't heard of them.I have seen similar views expressed at other libertarian websites. But here is the thing, I don't care if there is only one person in the United States that owns a bump stock.
Should you, Robert Wenzel, spend time to write 6 articles on how awful Donald Trump's efforts to ban bump stocks? I say no. There are plenty of issues where Donald Trump has either a bad position or has taken bad actions.
I love this guy. I'm aware of the slippery slope and all but this isn't THAT slippery...
Maybe Trump knows bump stocks are a BS issue anyway. Any competent woodworker, machinist, or a guy with a 3D printer can make a bump stock. It's not like ATF agents are going to be at gun ranges looking for a 'bump stock'. The Democrats show themselves idiots each and every time when they try to codify cosmetics.
I don't care if
they are useful as a weapon or not.
I don't care if a competent woodworker can make a bump stock.
The libertarian battle is against gun control---all of it. These other points don't matter. The goal is to stop gun control dead in its tracks and reverse the gun control that currently exists, not let slide some this gun is "a BS issue anyway."
This is a battle of interventionists against liberty. Interventionists will take any micro-advance they can. They know it establishes a point of reference from which to advance. This is Leninist strategy 101. Libertarians should never give into this. They should always object to interventionist advances.
This doesn't mean that tremendous effort must be put on opposing every interventionist effort, they are coming at us from too many directions for that, but one should never give up opposition to intervention by saying the intervention is no big deal. How the hell are we going to advance the ideas of liberty if we don't object to movement away from liberty and teach others what liberty really looks like?
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.