This week on the show I discussed the disingenuousness of Mayor Bloomberg as he says in the video below that because of loose gun laws he is concerned for the safety of his family, while he is widely quoted as having said in November that “I have my own army in the NYPD, which is the seventh biggest army in the world….I have my own State Department.” But what galls me is that he and others are using the Trayvon Martin killing to set the stage for a new push to further curtail our Second Amendment rights. Although I’m not a gunslinger myself (yet), I do believe that the Second Amendment is what stands between us and complete tyranny. Below the video are a couple of links I think may be of interest in defense of gun rights.
Here’s a book I haven’t read yet but looks promising: More Guns, Less Crime, by John Lott. In addition, on the show I read a few statistics from this short article supporting the argument that not only is the Second Amendment essential for long run protection against the over-reaching state, gun rights actually result in fewer deaths each year since they are such a powerful deterrent to crime: Nine Myths of Gun Control. I liken the benefits of gun rights to quitting smoking: I would have done it so I could live longer even if it didn’t make me feel better every day, but I feel SO much better every day that alone made it worth it! Gun rights not only keep the government at bay in the long run, they save lives every day.
But beyond my irritation that gun control advocates rely on anecdotal and emotional arguments over statistics, facts and fundamental principles of liberty, and typically exploit tragedies such as the Trayvon Martin case, it further aggravates me that such noise diverts people’s attention from the fact that thousands and thousands of lives are taken each year–mostly black and Hispanic–in the Drug War. I just finished reading Drug Crazy, by Mike Gray, and will review it soon on this website, but I recommend it for a page-turner overview of the origins and impact of the Drug War. For more on the structural barriers to ever overcoming racial injustice without systemic change, I am eager to read The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Color Blindness, by Michelle Alexander. And for a quick read, here is a short essay I recommended on the show How the War on Drugs is Destroying Black America, by John McWhorter, a linguistics professor at Berkeley whose book Authentically Black I found very interesting. Finally, I read a quote from the following video of Walter Williams (author of The State Against Blacks) discussing his new book Race and Economics on Stossel.
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