[Marxism] Gun Control
dwalters at igc.org
Fri Jun 25 14:09:26 MDT 2004
Gun control has never been, but should be, a socialist issue, in the
same way that taxes are a right wing issue, it should be *our* issue.
And yes, in fact, we do have something in common with the right-wing
militias, albeit it's contorted via the skewed lenses of these mostly
racist organizations...and that is and understanding that an armed
populace is one of the best guarantees that a people remain free [that
least word being the most debated term, or course].
Alexander Cockburn wrote some good stuff on this back when the Oklahoma
Federal office building was blown up.
Statistics: I read several times that there are 100,000,000 gun owners,
or about 40% of the population. which makes this probably about 70% of
the adult population. I think the figure is low. In just about every
job I've had, including the one I have now, I've met only a few people
who don't own any guns. One guy is a Mormon and other other, a women,
is a Jehovah's Witness. Every worker I know has one, I have one, my
neighbor has one. No one is giving them up.
Another point that the right-wing makes which is true: why ban guns
from people who own them legally. Criminal use of guns comes about via
the illegal purchase of guns, often smuggled in with drug shipments. In
this sense the petty-bourgeois right wing is correct: people should
have the right to use guns in ways that are already legal: hunting,
sporting, and defense. That guns are a "problem" exists because of the
illegal use of illegal guns. No gun ban in the world is going to change
that. As an individual, I have the right to go hunting (I have), for
target practice (I have a lot) and for home defense (I have not,
fortunately). Jut because this is the same line of the NRA doesn't mean
we shouldn't seize back the issue from the gun nuts.
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