The Answer to Mass Shootings

Kyrel Zantonavitch's picture
Submitted by Kyrel Zantonavitch on Mon, 2017-10-02 17:30

Every time there's a mass shooting in Western Civilization -- such as last night's horrific Las Vegas Massacre -- the almost instant and overwhelming reaction by the intelligentsia and masses is: We need more "gun control"! We need more gun slavery! Our one alternative and best answer, to the current seemingly-bad situation, is: We need more tyranny in our country and world!

But in fact we need more individual rights. We need more respect for people and property. The reality is: Peoples' lives and possessions are sacred. The are untouchable by society and government.

The truth is: No-one should dare to attack someone else. No one should dare to threaten or assault the person or property of another. People and property are sacrosanct and holy.

This also means that the "helpful", "beneficial", "caring", "loving" Welfare State, Nanny State, and Mommy State –- with all its unending assaults and enslavement -– is raw evil. It needs to be terminated. All this Welfare State-justified coercion must stop. We need political freedom, social libertarianism, and economic capitalism. We need laissez-faire and and full individual liberty in society and politics. And we need them now.

But maybe we do also need more "gun control" on private property by private owners too. After all, they are sovereign on their own land, and they have that right. They also tend to know best. And so does the paying public, which always prefers to patronize safe and secure establishments. The general public expresses this desire and preference via capitalistic freedom of choice. It's an extremely powerful and persuasive freedom to have.

So perhaps truly civilized venues should not allow guns –- or even big knives and heavy clubs –- inside their hotels, restaurants, bars, dance halls, night clubs, country clubs, vacation resorts, cruise ships, etc. A more careful scrutiny of customers, and the use of metal detectors, may be extremely helpful here. Very possibly this is the better and safer way.

Thus enhanced private gun control might be the answer we're all looking for. But government gun control certainly is not. Government gun control is an attack upon people and their property. It's an assault upon society and the Holy Individual. It's an act of moral depravity.

Government gun control is ineluctably criminal and tyrannical. It's a violation of individual rights, liberty, and justice. Having society and government push around the individual, step on him, brutalize and coerce him, and take away his guns, property, and individual rights is exactly what causes all the rancor, disharmony, and social problems in the first place.

One of the biggest issues which exists in society today, and the biggest by far which exists in politics, is: Freedom vs. Slavery. How sad, horrific, ominous, and depraved that today in our ever-so irrational, illiberal Dark Age, virtually everyone's natural, powerful instincts, and heartfelt, passionate tendencies, take them away from liberty and toward tyranny. Enhanced government control and enslavement is the answer nowadays for pretty much every political, social, and economic problem. And always this tyrannical "solution" makes the problems worse.

We must "sacrifice" freedom to obtain public safety, virtually everyone thinks! There is a "trade-off" between liberty and security, virtually everyone says. We must find the correct "balance" between these two social ideals, emphatically shouts the intelligentsia and masses!

Wrong, wrong, wrong. Liberty and security go together. They fit together like hand and glove. There's never the tiniest contradiction between them. The more liberty we have, the more security we have. Protecting individual rights means protecting societal safety and security. These concepts and ideals are one.

The ultimate answer to defeating mass shootings is the ultimate answer to every political problem in human existence: more freedom. People need to seriously and systematically study, understand, and master the politics of liberty, the economics of capitalism, and the sociology of libertarianism. No more people expressing "opinions" on these subjects, where truth is as objective and absolute as chemistry and physics. Both potential mass-shooters and our caring, loving, government protectors need to learn the true nature and supreme value of the noble concept and ideal of individual rights.


There are instances where gun

Richard Wiig's picture

There are instances where gun control is not called for, and that is when it is clearly a jihad attack. In this instance it isn't clear (although ISIS have claimed he was one of them) so it is a gun control agenda. If it was jihad it would be an appease-Islam-and-stand-in-solidarity-with-Muslims agenda.

Long Range

Kyrel Zantonavitch's picture

Ed -- Now that I think about it, that's probably true. The distance is simply too great. But I've also read reports that the shooter was only 400 yards away. Maybe the cops could have run in his direction and closed the distance to 200 or 100 before shooting back. Maybe they could have used heavy-grade laser pointers to blind him.

Hell, a tiny guided missile even seems possible (altho' admittedly not yet a standard feature at music concerts! Sticking out tongue ).

More seriously: At the least, I bet people will analyze this over time, and come up with decent plans for future prevention and response. We should consult with the Israelis.

No Guards

edpowell's picture

Ky,

There were plenty of cops on duty. The shooter was shooting from 20 stories up at a distance of 500 yards. There is absolutely nothing anyone could have done about him from the ground. You can't shoot back because no gun is accurate out to that distance that isn't carefully calibrated and set up on a stand. You can't fire back because all that will do is rain bullets on hundreds of hotel rooms and innocent people in those rooms. The only way to get the guy is the way he was gotten: find the room he was shooting from and attack it. Me, I'm surprised the cops got there in 10 minutes (as they allegedly did). That was damn fine police work. If there were 10,000 cops on the ground, there was nothing any of them could have done except run.

America: More Guns, Less Crime and Murder

Kyrel Zantonavitch's picture

Just for the record: Gun ownership rates have evidently roughly doubled over the past 25 years in the USA while the murder rate has fallen to about half over the same period, i.e. from 9.8 murders per 100,000 population in 1991 to 4.5 in 2014.

https://mises.org/blog/fbi-us-...

No Guards or Cops On Duty?

Kyrel Zantonavitch's picture

What I wonder is: Were there seriously no armed guards or police officers around to protect 22,000 concert-goers? Evidently the mass-murderer was able to blast away unimpeded for a full ten minutes. A guard or cop on or near the stage might have been able to change the situation radically.

Property. What else?

Bruno Turner's picture

"The right to life is the source of all rights—and the right to property is their only implementation." - Ayn Rand

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Bruno

Lindsay Perigo's picture

A move (back) towards freedom and property rights must pass through the restoration of freedom of association. The so-called "pests" must be ostracized and physically separated from civilized society.

Bravo! And then deported!

#NOM! (Not One Muslim!)

#MOGA!!

Freedom of Association

Kyrel Zantonavitch's picture

Bruno -- Absolutely! Most mass-murderers in the West are Muslim. I think virtually all communists, Nazis, and Muslims shouldn't be given citizenship or residency in otherwise fairly-civilized nations. A right to freely associate with other people, as you and they wish, is important. A right to "travel" to, and trespass on, other peoples' private property is less important -- assuming it's a right at all.

Freedom of Association

Bruno Turner's picture

"So perhaps truly civilized venues should not allow guns –- or even big knives and heavy clubs –- inside their hotels, restaurants, bars, dance halls, night clubs, country clubs, vacation resorts, cruise ships, etc. A more careful scrutiny of customers, and the use of metal detectors, may be extremely helpful here. Very possibly this is the better and safer way."

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A move (back) towards freedom and property rights must pass through the restoration of freedom of association. The so-called "pests" must be ostracized and physically separated from civilized society.

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