Special to L. Neil Smith’s The Libertarian Enterprise
“You never let a serious crisis go to waste. And what I
mean by that it’s an opportunity to do things you think you
could not do before.” — Rahm Emanuel
Before I go any further, I ask that everyone
extend their thoughts, prayers and condolences to all affected by
Sunday night’s massacre on the Las Vegas Strip.
Concerning which, a few observations:
- I remember it more vividly than any email I have ever received.
On the afternoon of September 11, 2001, an old friend from my Tucson
days sent me
with a subject line that read: “They want you to panic…”.
The first sentence of the body of the email read, “… so
don’t”. When something absolutely horrific happens, our
natural tendency is to panic and demand that our government “do
something” to ensure that nothing like this ever happens again.
- Before rigor mortis set in on the first corpse, the Left, predictably,
went to work demanding greater restrictions on gun rights. And they did
so in spite of the fact that there is simply
correlationbetween rates of gun ownership and rates of homicide.
America ranks first in the world in gun ownership and something like
ninety-sixth in homicide. Furthermore, violent crime has fallen
in halfsince 1995, even though we have more guns than ever.
Speaking of 1995, that was the year in which Tim McVeigh killed 168
people without a gun!
- Which brings me to my next point: this drop in crime has taken
place in a time when America has more immigrants and Muslims –
i.e. the boogiemen of the Right – than ever. The Las Vegas
suspect, Stephen Paddock was neither. If nothing else, we will be
spared another round of baseless Islamophobia.
- The Left is not alone in demanding that we give up our liberties.
Who remembers how, in the aftermath of 9/11, the Right gleefully gave
away liberty in the name of security? Look for a repeat of this in
the coming days. Americans have given up
amounts of libertyin the name of being “safe”. Expect
the Right to demand that Trump, like W before him, “do something
- The state is far more dangerous than anything it claims to “
protect us” against. Stephen Paddock, according to the official
narrative, killed 59 people and injured 527 more. He did a lot of
damage with his two hands. However, as Eric Peters once stated
government has millions of hands”. Hence, it can do
infinitely more damage. Stalin and Mao were each responsible for the
deaths of tens of millions people. And they sent the police and
military – i.e. the idols of the Right – to do the actual
- Don’t think you know what “the victims’ families
” think or want,because you don’t! Some 9/11
survivors fully support the official story as well as the official
response, while others totally ridicule the official narrative and
response. Yet others fall somewhere in between. In the aftermath of
Columbine, Tom Mauser, who lost a son in that tragedy, called for
more gun control while Darrell Scott, who lost a daughter on that
horrible day, traveled all over the country proclaiming that more gun
laws were not the answer.
- Don’t believe everything the mainstream media – i.e.
CNN, Faux, MSNBCCCP – tells you. And don’t believe every
conspiracy theory you hear. Do your own research and do your own
thinking. As for me, I have a lot of trouble believing the official
story. If you want me to believe that
guywith no priors in his 64 years other than a traffic citation
all of a sudden went nutzoid killing 59 and injuring 527 more, I don
’t want your oceanfront property in Nebraska either. There is
more to the story. Far more!
- Don’t throw down with the Left and give up your gun rights.
Don’t throw down with the Right and give up all your other
- Why should we be concerned about our rights in the aftermath of
such a crisis? Because, in times like these, not only do very
powerful people want to take our rights away but, also, people are
most easily influenced into giving their rights away.
- Two million Americans will die from something this year. That
means that 1,999,941 will die from something other than the Las Vegas
Massacre. Your chances of death or injury from such an event are
nanoscopic. As Jefferson once put it:
“I would rather be exposed to
the inconveniences attending too much liberty than to those attending
too small a degree of it.”
I would rather live in a free society with the
absolutely infinitesimal chance of being a victim of something like
the Las Vegas massacre than in a society wherein I was constantly
presumed a criminal and where the state could dispose of me at will.
That is your choice. Choose wisely.
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