by Karl Denninger, Market Ticker:
It’s unreasonable to expect a person to publicly state that the opposite of that which he has spent his entire life decrying — or profiting from.
Most of the mass killings by guns in the United States in recent years — Columbine, Virginia Tech, Aurora, Newtown, Charleston, San Bernardino and Orlando — took place in venues where local or state law prohibited carrying guns, even by those lawfully licensed to do so. The government cheerfully calls these venues “gun-free zones.” They should be called killing zones.
The term “pre-political” derives from the language of the Second Amendment, which protects “the right of the people to keep and bear Arms.” The constitutional reference of “the” right to keep and bear arms makes clear that the Framers recognized that the right pre-existed the government because it stems from our humanity. That’s why pre-political rights are known as fundamental or natural rights.
Because the right to use modern weaponry for the defense of life, liberty and property are natural, we should not need a government permission slip before exercising it, any more than we need one to exercise other natural rights, such as speech, press, assembly, travel and privacy.
Indeed, that’s what shall not be infringed means. It’s obvious. It’s plain language. And it’s unambiguous.
Hillary Clinton called the rifle the Orlando killer carried a “weapon of war.” It is not. It is the same rifle that her Secret Service detail carries. Many of her acolytes have called it an assault rifle. It is not. It fires one round for each trigger pull. True assault rifles — not those that the politicians have renamed assault rifles because they have a collapsible stock and a bayonet holder (I know this sounds ridiculous, but it’s true) — fire numerous rounds per trigger pull. They have been outlawed on U.S. soil since 1934.
That’s a lie.
Machine guns have not been outlawed. You can own one. As a civilian. I have been at a range where many of them are present and legally owned. You can even rent one from said range and go fire it. If you wish you can buy it, although again we start talking about permission slips, in the form of what is called a “Form 4.”
Of course what Napolitano doesn’t want to talk about is his own lie. He’s not “inconsistent”, he’s lying and he knows it.
He knows good and damn well, because he says so directly, that the right to defend one’s life against any who would unlawfully take it predates government. The Government has no right to prevent you from such defense because it’s a natural right; government cannot refuse to permit that which it didn’t have control over in the first place.
I cannot give you my next door neighbor’s house because I don’t have lawful possession of it. Since I don’t own it I can’t give it to you. I also can’t take it from my neighbor; again, it’s not mine to take.
Tyrants come in all shapes, sizes, colors and numbers. The everyday tyrant is the robber, mugger or rapist — and occasionally, very occasionally by the statistics, a mass-shooter. Against any of them any firearm is better than none, and since magazines have a finite capacity as soon as he or she has to reload you can shoot back.
You might win that battle and you might not, but at least you have a fighting chance.
On the other hand if the tyrants that are after you are not singular then you may have need of a weapon that can fire rapidly — more rapidly than a semi-automatic. There’s nothing in our Constitution that says your right to defend against a tyrant that would take your life only includes common criminals that come one at a time.
Indeed we have actual Congressional Representatives stating in public that should they not get what they want “we will take to the streets.”