Saturday, February 17, 2007

A Couple of Interesting Articles

While tooling around on the internet today, I did a quick blogsearch of the word "firearm". The recent shootings in Salt Lake City have lots of people discussing firearms. I found two bloggers that stand out for one reason or another.

First, commentary on a blog titled "Classically Liberal". Despite the blogs name, the article "The high cost of gun control" is a well researched and thought out premise on the dangers of gun control.

In the aftermath of the horrific shooting in Salt Lake City, this blogger asks:

Would a systematic attempt to disarm people prevent violent crime or reduce the rate of violent crime? In fact, does it reduce the rate of violent gun crime?

Click here to discover this authors conclusions.

After reading that article, I found this one posted on "Living in America". In contrast to the previous author, Peter relies upon emotion and feelings instead of facts and reality to call for the disarmament of all free citizens of these United States.

In the commentary "Targeting America's gun problem", this author states:

Frankly, I don't support the Second Amendment. I know that if I ever run for a political office, this will be easy ammunition (no pun intended) to use against me, but I don't care. It's an obsolete amendment, precluding most laws that would help make America's streets safer, and it ensures that people who shouldn't have dangerous weapons can obtain access to them anyway.
Well Peter (the author of the above), I would recommend you go over to Classically Liberal and read CLS's thoughts on this matter. You may learn something. I would also recommend little American history and civics study. I did leave a comment for Peter, as I am sure you will after reading the entirety of what he has to offer.

There you have it, the two sides of the gun control debate. One side relies upon fact and logic, the other emotions and feelings. Those of us who have the facts on our side, sometimes underestimate the power of feelings and emotions. That is why we are sometimes surprised when really idiotic legislation gets passed and becomes the law of the land.


Kurt '45superman' Hofmann said...

I wish I could say that I'm ashamed that Peter is from my state of Illinois, but sadly, there are too many similarly minded herbivores in this state for one more to make much difference.

At least he's honest enough to acknowledge the fact that the Second Amendment does indeed guarantee individuals the right to keep and bear arms. Apparently, even he won't stoop to spouting that "collective right" garbage.

blog owner said...

You should not be surprised by the name. The meaning of liberal is one who believes in liberty. Unlike socialists we believe in economic freedom as well. Unlike conservatives we believe in social freedom as well.

Anonymous said...

As a conservative I believe in social freedom as well. The freedom to go to the range with my buddies is right up there at the top. The freedom to walk around downtown without being mugged is a big one for me as well.

I tried to leave "Living in America" a few facts in his comments, we'll see if he's willing to look at them. You can lead a horse to water......


John R said...


Thanks, the comments you left for Peter were very constructive and well written.


The Statist have taken over both sides of the isle. Most of the folks in my social circles are freedom loving conservatives who believe that the .gov is overstepping it's bounds in pretty much all areas.