|Steve writes in Post 5:|
The problem of guns, and specifically handguns, is much more complex than Mr. Zantonavitch realizes. No one here should dispute the right to defend oneself, though I thought that was a right we delegated to the government. One should be very careful about allowing a person to defend himself with the use of a gun.
Ayn Rand argues that a fully free government properly has a monopoly on the use of force. She's mistaken in this. So are virtually all Objectivists who follow in this train. Even in a completely liberal state (which has never yet existed, obviously) the individual has a serious right and duty to protect himself and his liberty -- whether thru individual caution and prudence, or hiring private security forces, or forming private militias, etc. The government can't be everywhere, and is never perfect in its defense of individual liberty. It's naive to suppose otherwise. Practically and realistically, in a fair amount of instances it's up to the individual to protect himself -- to successfully defend his own person and rights. Private weapons are maybe the most important part of this defense of one's life, liberty, property, and privacy -- as well as one's sacred, inalienable, individual rights.
As to the 'slaughter' of government officials Iíll say this: get real. No one has the right to kill someone else because they disagree with them...
I don't remotely claim this. I favor strictly rational, moral, proportionate, and just retaliation against any and all rights-violators -- including government. They aren't special, in my view, and don't deserve any superior consideration by the self-loving, self-protecting individual. I don't think an aggressor state shouldn't be treated any better or worse than other rights-violators.
...and walking too far down the road of 'self-defense' will lead to this. We have the military to protect us from foreign armies, a police force to protect us from thieves and thugs, and a vote to protect us from Big Brother. We are not helpless victims. If government officials come knocking at your door for whatever reason it may be, the first step is not to grab your gun. Rather you should ask yourself, did I sit idly by all this time and now it has come to this? It might be better to turn your gun around then.
I'm sorry, but in general I disagree with this. Government never has the right to violate rights. There are no valid, forgivable excuses for this. Not even if a massive majority of the individual's fellow citizens sanction it. That would be the Adolf "just following orders" Eichmann defense, and it isn't legitimate. The untouchable individual is essentially not to blame if his compatriots or nearby friends erect a semi-tyrannical state which surrounds him. That holy individual still has the absolute right -- and sacred duty -- to protect himself, his life, and his happiness. In general he should attempt to retaliate in a proportionate and just manner against his evil, tyrannical, rights-violating, government attackers.
(Edited by Kyrel Zantonavitch on 6/29, 2:55pm)