Thursday, April 19, 2007

Gun Free Zones. -> Free Killing Zones

Our founding fathers understood that there would always be a few evil men but that the vast - vast majority – were decent folks. They also understood that rather than a massive police state, a virtuous society could and would largely police itself provided the populous was armed.

Unfortunately laws of late have codified an increasing abandonment of faith in the virtue of the people. Just last year Virginia congress voted down a proposed law that would have returned the right of permitted individuals to protect themselves on campus. It is obvious, it is undeniable that if only a tiny fraction of the 30,000 good students on campus had been armed as the constitution allows at very least this tragedy would have been greatly mitigated – perhaps even avoided.

The founding fathers knew this. Thomas Jefferson wrote “Laws that forbid the carrying of arms... disarm only those who are neither inclined nor determined to commit crimes... Such laws make things worse for the assaulted and better for the assailants; they serve rather to encourage than to prevent homicides, for an unarmed man may be attacked with greater confidence than an armed man.” "Commonplace Book," 1774-1776

To restore faith in the general virtue of the people, we should on one hand have a national database mitigating weapon access for all individuals deemed dangerous by any judge and even more importantly we should eliminate these dangerous “Gun Free Zones.” In a free state, when the people are prohibited from any meaningful self defense, these are nothing but “Free Killing Zones”. Washington and Jefferson had faith in the virtue of the people. I join them in believing in you.