|President Obama called for more gun control in his State of the Union address last night. The effectiveness of his proposals have been the subject of heated debate. But both sides are missing the larger question: Does Congress even have the right to regulate or ban guns?
Is there any law more commonly misunderstood these days than the US Constitution? The Bill of Rights forbids a series of behaviors to the US federal government, the state: the parasitic state, the state that compels: taxes, service, schools … Is there anything forbidden to the fed — censorship, interfernece with religion, gun control … that the fed hasn’t long trespassed on?
Goya, The Third of May, 1808
Look at it from another angle. Let’s say that you don’t like people shooting each other. I don’t like people shooting each other. But how is that any of the state’s business, once the state’s charter law forbids state (fed, government) interference?
Lets say you don’t want your daughter to smoke. Good. I don’t want your daughter to smoke, I don’t want anyone to smoke. Now let’s imagine a Commandment, from God, forbidding smoking. Now let’s imagine your neighbor kidnapping your daughter and locking her in a smoke free room … The smoke free room may be good for your daughter, but is your neighbor’s totalitarian move good for anything? for anybody? Do we need a Reich to obey a Commandment?
Let’s say you want Jesus to be honored: let’s say salvation depends on the honoring of Jesus being voluntary. Now let’s imagine Congress, and your neighbor, or Stalin, Hitler, Nixon, and the Devil compelling you to honor Jesus … No, no. Wrong. Fundamentally wrong. They should all just drop dead.
But let God do it: you mind your own business.
And Congress should mind its own business, and so should the White House.
If Obama wants Congress to ban guns then he should first campaign to dissolve the US, to repeal the Constitution, to invest a new legally totalitarian government that can mind your business, and mine.
Meantime, note: If the fed wants to have fewer guns it should start by disarming the military, the cops, organizations controlled by the parasitic state. The parasitic state should commit suicide, that would be step number one.
Then, people, as people, could try to solve their problems.
And celebrate God whether their problems are solved or not.
And note, many a problem is imaginary.
Many a problem can’t be solved in our present state of social organization. Many a problem should not be solved: in our present state of social organization.
In simple: someone tries to solve your problems for you, reaches into your pocket to fund their minding of your business, chop their hand off, chase them away. Kick them into the ditch. But don’t be surprised if you’re the one they’ve killed, not you them. Especially not when they’ve had free use of your money for two and a half hundred years. No, make that ten thousand years.
Oh, and if God doesn’t make the US, and Congress, and Stalin, and Hitler just drop dead, we should still be careful before we go interfering with everything. Sit tight, be patient: we’ll go extinct, then evolution will have clear space in which to try better species. I’m not the supervisor, neither are you, neither is Obama.
And if you don’t trust God, trust nature.
And if you can’t trust God, or nature, then punt.