Response to a "well intentioned person"
Dear Carl (in my former town),
I read with great interest your call for government programs designed to control who could and could not defend themselves. Idi Amin, Mao, Stalin, Hitler, and others had similar early intentions. How that worked out tended to increase the food and other resources available to those unaffected by such economies. There were various Indian tribes that were deprived of their guns - just before being mowed down by surrounding government "educators". In Aurora, government (and the theater owners) self-defense restrictions (for their own "good", of course) tended to maximize the carnage, no? You, in your good intentions (paving the road to hell anyone?) somehow have the wisdom and foresight to outwit a bad actor intending to do great harm. I don't think so but I'm not you. If only you could design a program to disarm cops (who kill far more innocents than rampaging sociopaths, but who's counting?) I might find some agreement with you. My personal wish is to remove all coercive criminal gangs (yeah, government) and let the chips fall where they may. Since, during the 20th Century governments murdered close to 200 million of their (mostly disarmed) citizens and a lesser number of citizens of OTHER gangs besides, I know where I'd LIKE you to stand. Yes, murders and rapes and individual attacks would still occur but the vast numbers would not. What did Iced T say the other day? Check it out.
John Boanerges Redman