THE LIBERTARIAN ENTERPRISE
Number 523, June 14, 2009
Clearly, no nation with a Bill of Rights that includes
freedom of expression has any place anywhere for
anything even remotely like the FCC.
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I'm sure that we've all heard it before when discussing the right to own and carry weapons (especially handguns) with hoplophobes and fence-sitters
C'mon now, let's be reasonable herewhen they wrote the Second Amendment, they weren't talking about nuclear weapons. Why would anyone want one of those?FIRST, this argument is a way for the prosepctive hoplophobe to hook you, the ROCW advocate, over to his side. After all, who doesn't want to be "reasonable," right?
NOW for the purposes of discussion, let's assume that my next-door neighbor actually has a fully-functional 20-kiloton fission device in his garage.
SECOND, if he doesn't set it off, who is harmed? If he does decide to detonate, I won't even know it if I'm homethe fireball will vaporize the nerves before the signal has time to register in the brain, and I'll never feel it. And who will the survivors prosecute and/or sue? Certainly not him!
THIRD, I'd like to know who his investment broker isnukes aren't something you pick up at the flea market for Ø4.99, or at a gun show, despite Brady Campaign agitpropthey generally run a few million FRNs a pop on the black market, and that's for the fully-assembled ones. If you can afford to blow that much cash on a one-use item like that, more power to you.
FOURTH, assuming he decided to go the DIY route to building his membership card in the Don't Fuck With Me Club, it's true that you can get the general theory and some of the specifics from the internet. Still, assembling the parts will be rather expensiveplutonium or yellowcake isn't something that you pick up at Home Depot for pocket changeit's in short supply, as it has peaceful uses in the power-generation field as well as being useful in making nuclear explosives. The deuterium and tritium used in fusion devices is likewise quite rare. Add to this the fact that there's quite a bit of electronics and chemical explosives needed to make the thing work right, as well. Not only does the prospective protege to Dr. Khan need to acquire this stuff, but he also has to know how to handle the yellowcake or plutonium safely (from what I understand, it's rather toxic stuff, chemically speaking, in addition to any radioactivity), as well as making the electronics and chemical explosives all WORK TOGETHER PROPERLYyou'll need at least a bachelor's degree in physics to make this happena masters is more likely. If the chemical explosives aren't PRECISELY aligned and centered, they might still go off and vaporize the radioactive core, but you won't get the fireball, flash, shock wave and distinctive mushroom cloudand that's what the Suburbian Mad Bomber wants, right?
FIFTH, even with just the "physics package" (the part that goes "BOOM!"), you're looking at something at least the size of a basketball, if not a beach ball. This isn't something that you'll fit in your pocket or on your belt, like a handgun that the hoplophobe is trying to talk you out of carrying and owning.
FINALLY, who says that there are not PEACEFUL uses for nuclear explosives? We've had chemical explosives used for over a century for peaceful purposes in these fields
In fact, there HAVE been efforts to use nukes for peaceful purposes