The case for ‘erosion’

When I read this recent USA Today article, “FBI: Justifiable homicides at highest in more than a decade,” I was unsurprised to find a disapproving tone in the article. Although one might think that violent felons being decisively–and permanently–stopped is not such a bad thing, some clearly disagree.

Northeastern University criminal justice professor James Alan Fox describes an emerging “shoot-first” mentality by police and private citizens.

Well, Professor, with your academic background and obvious intellectual gifts, perhaps you’d care to explain the tactical advantages of a “shoot-second” approach to self-defense, because I’m clearly not bright enough to see them.

Another academician suspects changing laws might have something to do with the trend.

Alfred Blumstein, a Carnegie Mellon University criminologist, says the gun “legalization movement” also may have helped create a “greater willingness” among citizens to act in self-defense.

By “gun ‘legalization movement,'” I assume Dr. Blumstein refers to the growth in the number of states that are now willing to license the Constitutionally guaranteed, fundamental, absolute human right of the individual to keep and bear arms. If true, that would mean, of course, that people who would otherwise have been in a state of government mandated defenselessness are instead prevailing over their assailants–hardly a negative outcome.

Perhaps my biggest problem with the article, though, comes in the next sentence:

In a landmark decision, the Supreme Court in June carved out a right to individual gun ownership, ruling that the Second Amendment allows citizens to keep guns in their homes for self-defense.

No “carv[ing] out” is necessary for a right that has been guaranteed by the Constitution for two-hundred seventeen years, and that preceded even that document as a logical extension of the natural right of self-defense.

Still, although I take issue with some of the wording in the article, USA Today was positively balanced, compared to the way the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence words it.


“US Gun Lobby Erodes Law”?

You know what? If peaceable citizens killing their felonious would-be predators is a result of the “Gun Lobby Erod[ing] Law,” then put me on record as being fully supportive of “erosion.”

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