Thank You, Canna-sensei. Don Kates has written some excellent treatise on this issue and has a propensity to cut to the heart of the matter.
I've noticed more and more that people who seem to take these anti-gun positions have an underlying tendancy not to trust other people to do the right thing without some form of controls in place. It's almost as if these people have an inner belief that if they
were given the opportunity, they
would use a firearm to settle a disagreement over a parking space or getting a traffic ticket or having a neighbor who plays their stereo too loud. These are the types who invariably lament that shall-issue CCW permits will "throw us back to the wild west days of blood in the streets". What they fail to realize, is that in those "wild west days" the general population lead rather peaceful lives and the "blood in the streets" was mainly between "good guys" and "bad guys"... With the "good guys" being lawful citizens or "peace officers" (interesting how that has been changed to "law enforcement officers", isn't it...) and the "bad guys" being the equivalent at the time of our modern day criminals and "gang-bangers". As you know, mental health professionals have even classified this and, in fact, call it "projection". Sometimes the person projects their fear of being unable to control their own inner rage onto other people, and sometimes they project that fear onto an inanimate object. Very often a firearm. this is one of the prime ways that some people become hoplophobic with an irrational fear of guns. Using logic and detailed sources and cites rarely gets through to these types of individuals who are caught up in illogical and emotional reactions based on an unconcious psychological defense mechanism. In other words, no matter how much they are shown that they are actually safer
in the company of lawful citizens who are armed, these people still feel threatened by those arms and those citizens.
Given the constant barrage of misinformation coming from the media, anti-gun organizations, some political organizations and many hollywood celebrities, it is understandable that many people fall into that mindset. (to steal your phrase) Those groups, organizations and individuals further themselves and their agendas through creating more "victims" and by fostering a victim mentality, victim mindset, or victim sympathetic/empathetic belief in their converts. We can only hope that many of these people can be shown that they don't have to be "victims" and, in truth, can control, protect and defend themselves from not only the imaginary
"boogey-man" they've been told lives in the hearts of gun owners, but also the very real
"boogey-man" who may someday invade their home or confront them on the street.
When the rights and/or methods for honest citizens to defend themselves from those who would deny them their rights "under color of law" are taken away, we will have come, by definition, to live under "martial law". The Framers of most State Constitutions, as well as the Framers of the U.S. Constitution recognized that all too well...
It is interesting to note, that in this day and time, the best way to be considered an extremist, an enemy of the State, is to espouse the very beliefs and words that our Founding Fathers used to create a new Nation ~225 years ago...
As I've written before:
If you think you
need government agents with guns to make you
do the right thing, you need to get help.
If you think others
need government agents with guns to make them
do the right thing, you need to get humble.
If you think I
need government agents with guns to make me
do the right thing, you need to get bent!
(This post written with all due credit to all those I just stole ideals and words from...
[This message has been edited by Panther (edited January 09, 2001).]