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Ludwig von Mises (1881-1973) was the greatest economist of my time. His greatest works can be accessed here at no charge.

Mises believed that property, freedom and peace are and should be the hallmarks of a satisfying and prosperous society. I agree. Mises proved beyond a shadow of a doubt that the prospect for general and individual prosperity is maximized, indeed, is only possible, if the principle of private property reigns supreme. What's yours is yours. What's mine is mine. When the line between yours and mine is smudged, the door to conflict opens. Without freedom (individual liberty of action) the principle of private property is neutered and the free market, which is the child of property and freedom and the mother of prosperity and satisfaction, cannot exist. Peace is the goal of a prosperous and satisfying society of free individuals, not peace which is purchased by submission to the enemies of property and freedom, but peace which results from the unyielding defense of these principles against all who challenge them.

In this blog I measure American society against the metrics of property, freedom and peace.

Saturday, July 21, 2012

MEMO TO GUN CONTROL NUTS: Murder Is Already Against The Law

As predicted, the true gun nuts are coming out of the woodwork in response to the Batman Movie shooting in Aurora, CO. Legislators, pundits and movie critics have all called for stricter gun control laws in hopes such legislation will prevent future massacres.

Rep. Jan Schakowsky, a leftist dingbat from Illinois, wants Congress to act. Rev. Jesse Jackson, another Illinois Nazi, wants to "start" with a ban on assault weapons (which, if I'm not mistaken, are banned in most states now). CNN’s Piers Morgan blames the Aurora shooting on US gun laws. And film critic Roger Ebert has this to say:
The United States is one of few developed nations that accepts the notion of firearms in public hands. In theory, the citizenry needs to defend itself. Not a single person at the Aurora, Colo., theater shot back, but the theory will still be defended.
Perhaps not a single person in the theater in Aurora shot back because they were following the law and theater policy. It seems the movie theater already bans firearms on its premises. Moreover, the city of Aurora reportedly has strict laws against carrying a concealed weapon within city limits.

The point is that strict gun laws didn't stop James Holmes, the suspected shooter. In fact, Holmes was in violation of Aurora's gun laws the moment he drove away from his apartment with loaded firearms in his car. Not to mention the fact that shooting and killing people in a crowded theater is strictly against the law.

Gun law simpletons are under the impression that strict laws banning guns will eliminate guns from the street. You know, like strict drug laws eliminate drugs from the street, and strict laws against prostitutes keep them from walking the streets. And if there are no guns on the street, there cannot be gun crimes.

I'm convinced. How about you?


John Galt said...

You make very good points.

The fact that Aurora bans concealed weapon permits is the reason why nobody could stop the rampage from escalating the way it did, as the 71 year old did in Florda recently.

LD Jackson said...

As is always the case in a tragedy such as this, the liberals first and only response is predictably predictable. Pass more laws that will do nothing to prevent such a tragedy from happening again. They completely miss the point.

Sherman Broder said...

Thanks for the comments, you guys. I wholeheartedly agree. I see Bloomberg is now calling on the Presidential candidates to support gun control. I wonder what Romney's position on the issue is?