Anonymous makes statement on gun control
Assuming that the video below is legitimately from the real (loosely affiliated) hacktivist group known as Anonymous, this would be an example of two things:
1) Politics make strange bedfellows.
The list of things that the prototypical American supporter of legal gun ownership and the prototypical Anonymous-type hacktivist disagree is probably rather extensive. And yet, here we appear to be, which brings us to point 2 . . .
2) The appeal of gun ownership is broad.
In a state of nature, do you have a right to life? To survive? If you catch a fish from the ocean to feed yourself and your family, is that your fish? Do you have a right to think your own thoughts? To treat your own wounds? To find a mate and raise a family? To defend yourself from harm?
People have an innate understanding of these things; they treat them as brute facts. That’s why Jefferson wrote “We hold these truths to be self-evident . . . ” Because they’re self-evident.
We revere the Second Amendment, but the reason why its appeal is so broad and so deep goes beyond the Constitution. It goes straight to a visceral understanding of natural rights. You have a right to own and carry weapons every bit as much as you have a right to life, to thought, to speech. This right is not granted by any government; it is a right you have just because you exist. That is why people feel so strongly about it.
Ardently devoted to the cause of human freedom, he has worked at the confluence of politics, activism, and public policy for more than a decade. He co-wrote a ten-part series of video shorts on economics, and has film credits as a researcher on 11 political documentaries, including Citizens United's notorious film on Hillary Clinton that became the subject of a landmark Supreme Court decision. He is the founder of several activist endeavors, including AnyStreet.org (now a part of Western Free Press) and Liberatchik.com. He is currently the managing editor of and principal contributor to WesternFreePress.com.
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