Video: Survivor of Communism on Why Gun Rights Exist
“That is a God-given right. It is not given by anybody; it is not given by any group. It is the same thing freedom, which is a God-given right. And no one, absolutely no one has the authority to take it away. [These rights] will cease only with my death.”
The man in the video below truly gets it. Here’s how it goes.
We have a right to life.
A right to life assumes a right to survive—to continue that life.
That right assumes, among other things, a the right to self-defense.
Now, suppose you are in a state of nature. You are facing down a bear . . . or perhaps brigands who are attempting to cart off your eldest daughter. Do you have a right to defend yourself (and your family) with your fists?
What about with a stick? How about a sharpened stick? How about a bow?
The fact is, you have a natural right to defend yourself by the most effective means available. You do not have to stop short of a sharpened stick just because it’s more effective. “More effective” is, in fact, exactly what you want.
In the same way, you not only get to own a gun, you get to own a good gun. An effective gun. You don’t have to stop at a blunderbuss, or one kind of shotgun but not another, or a magazine with seven rounds instead of ten. You get to use what you want. That is your right.
Any ban on any kind of gun is a violation of your rights. Any nonaggressive person has the right to own whatever gun he wishes.
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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