"Even if the laws were changed tomorrow that all guns were illegal, I would not be morally a criminal for continuing to carry. You may demand I lay down my arms because you lack the conviction and the compassion necessary to defend your life and the lives of your loved ones and thus desire to bring all men down to your level and I will say “No”."
This goes to the heart of something that so many fail to understand. All laws represent a choice. "We the people" can be defiant in the face of unjust laws. We can even refuse to enforce such laws (see jury nullification) At the end of the day I can choose to abide by the law or break it. Legislate away my right to self-defense and I may become a criminal, but morally speaking I am still in the right.
The rights of those in Baltimore, DC, or Chicago are currently infringed upon, but morally they are no more a criminal for carrying illegally than I am for carrying here in Delaware legally. They are breaking an unconstitutional, immoral, malum prohibitum law, the violation of which imparts no tangible harm upon any one individual.
The right to self-defense is a natural right of men. One is never wrong to defend and retain such a right, regardless of statutory language to the contrary. It is not a right which may be stripped from me by legislative fiat. As one of our second President's described it, self-defense is an indisputable right of nature not surrendered to society by individuals.
Monday, August 22, 2011
Quote of the day - morals
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