Push for gun control stems from boomers' urge to avoid personal responsibility

Push for gun control stems from boomers' urge to avoid personal responsibility

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Thursday, December 13, 2007

If someone has a gun and is trying to kill you, it would be reasonable to shoot back with your own gun.” — the Dalai Lama, May 15, 2001.

Thank God Jean Assam, directly or indirectly, took this advice when she stopped the malevolent attack at the New Life Church in Colorado Springs. The former police officer and volunteer security guard who made the suggestion to beef up security at the church without question saved the lives of perhaps dozens of people.

What a terrific conundrum for the anti-gun left. Normally, a gun-waving psychopath is a poster child for their counterintuitive argument that firearms cause crime. This is related to the entire liberal philosophy that individuals are in some way not responsible for their actions but must be goaded into bad behavior by either society or some evil talisman that creates within them the desire to do harm. What actually disturbs them is the symbolic nature of the firearm and its association with the individualism of the West.

“A fear of weapons is a sign of retarded sexual and emotional maturity,” wrote Sigmund Freud in his “General Introduction to Psychoanalysis.” Fear of firearms is, in most cases, not related to a fear of crime but likely is associated with disagreement over the idea of singular liberties attached to citizens, which conflicts with the centralizing nature of government.

The simplicity of rule by fiat is always hampered by the stubborn speedbump of individual rights. The right to own a firearm and, by implication, the ability to protect one’s environment without the constant need of organizational interference implies the ability to function at a basic and important level without total surrender of one’s individual rights to the social contract.

This unique aspect of American culture was given birth by British confiscation of colonists’ property. Its symbolic period was the romanticized Wild West, where it was said that “God did not make men equal, Colonel Colt did.”

Firearms by themselves may not have made men free or keep them so in today’s world. But their ownership demonstrates the citizens’ alliance with, not dominance by, their government.

As is often the case, this unique aspect of American culture is most recognized by those off our shores.

British author George Orwell recognized this symbolic and important feature by noting, “That rifle on the wall of the labourer’s cottage or working class flat is the symbol of democracy. It is our job to see that it stays there.”

This bit of obvious Americana however, seems to be more difficult to grasp by some of our own politicians: “If I could have banned them all — (and said) ‘Mr. and Mrs. America turn in your guns’ — I would have!” declared U.S. Sen. Diane Feinstein, D-Calif., on the TV program “60 Minutes” on Feb. 5, 1995.

But this fear of firearms and desire to eliminate them is relatively new, even on the left:

“The right of citizens to bear arms is just one more guarantee against arbitrary government, and one more safeguard against a tyranny which now appears remote in America, but which historically has proved to be always possible,” said Democrat Hubert Humphrey, vice president and presidential candidate in 1968.

Humphrey’s remarks were significant because it was during this period that the swelling demographic of the baby-boomer generation and its coddled attitudes fostered by grateful parents, survivors of the Depression and World War II, began to make itself apparent. As is often the case with heirs to self-made fortunes, parents desire their children to have an easier time than themselves, often not recognizing that it was just such difficulties that properly molded them.

The baby boomer desire to not be held accountable or take responsibility for actions has led to a never-ending stream of theories that seek to distance people from results. It is from this witches brew of self-indulgence and externalization of wrongdoing that modern gun control is born.


“Your Rights will last only as long as your Ammunition!”
-- Rev. Shawn Cole

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