Now Is Not the Time To Overreact. More Freedom Is More Safety
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Now Is Not the Time To Overreact. More Freedom Is More Safety
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After swim meets or soccer practice, I used to take my daughter and a car load of her friends to get ice cream. My god, they were cute and fun. If you teased them, they would say things like “Boys go to Jupiter to get more stupider.” Or if you called them a name, the girls would say “Oh Mr. Smith, you must not’ve heard, today is opposite day!” Well, every day in the Leviathan state is opposite day, because every day it takes actions that produce the exact opposite results of what it intends. The most glaring example of this is the Gun-Free School Zone Act of 1990. Has there ever been a more “stupider” piece of legislation? No one is to blame for the Ulvalde shooting other than Salvador Ramos. However, but for this asinine piece of legislation, it is likely none of these school shootings would occur and if they did, the casualties would be a fraction of what they have been. Now, Chuck Schumer is bloviating how the feds need to do more to prevent these shootings, and the legislation he proposes will only create more tragic deaths.  The answer to the school shooting problem and most all other problems is to get the f#ck out of our way and let us be free people.

We don’t need your idiotic laws. We can take care of ourselves. Quit trying to fix things. You clowns only make things worse. Who in their right mind thinks that someone intent on killing children is going to be deterred by a stupid ass sign stating “Gun-Free Zone?” What the sign actually says is: “If you are a sick perverted satanic creep, this is a great place to practice your black arts, so come on in and kill helpless children.” That’s exactly the message of these signs, and it was brought to you by our betters in the federal government.

John Stuart Mill stated that the most corrupt societies have the most rules. The Virginia Bill of Rights was enacted into law 16 years before the federal Bill of Rights, and it states in part “[T]hat a well-regulated militia, composed of the body of the people, trained to arms, is the proper, natural, and safe defense of a free state, therefore, the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed…” Please note the words “natural” and “free.” Nothing is more natural than for free people to band together under arms to protect themselves from those threatening their liberties. I don’t think “freedom” and “liberty” have interchangeable meanings. In American historical context, liberty denotes citizen responsibility and the autonomy to coordinate one’s life with as little government interference as possible.

I grew up in a rural Virginia county. Our house dated back to the late 1600s. It was on a high hill and visible for miles around. My parents had nice things. We never once, not once locked our house. The cars all had their keys in the ignition. The local paper would tell the world when we went on vacation. No one ever robbed us. We were not unique. This is the way the world was. Living is a self-reliant state of natural liberty, where right and wrong simply manifested itself, almost all abided by the natural law.  Everyone had guns. In the 6th grade all students took an NRA sponsored gun safety course. In high school, there were dozens of guns of every type on school grounds. Practically everyone who drove brought guns to school. At the University of Virginia, guns were also  prevalent. Many of us had them in our rooms. There were never any gun incidents. We also had an honor system which again reflected the prevailing “natural” ethos, and was not imposed on the student body by any sort of government edict. Liberty imposes responsibility, and  lying, cheating or stealing meant an immediate permanent suspension. I never witnessed an honor offence at Virginia.

What has changed? More rules and laws. More intrusion on our natural liberties by the omnipotent swamp-state. The more the government swoops in to “solve” a problem, the more the citizenry abdicates its natural responsibility to exercise its liberty.  The public schools are a perfect example. Before Jimmy Carter’s Department of Education came into existence, locally run school districts did a decent job educating children. Now most schools suck, and they suck due to the slow 45-year creep of one size fits all busy body rule making from Washington. Such legalistic intrusions into the concept of natural liberty emasculates us where many now deem it is the school’s primary responsibility to educate our children instead the parents’.

A community of “liberty” that had not been polluted by its citizens abdicating their liberties to government would never leave their children unprotected in schools. It’s unthinkable. Putting up  Gun-Free Zone signs would never happen. But for the dumb ass gun free zones, no one would even think to attack these schools. However, if there were a threat, the natural order of liberty  that exists in a non-overly legalistic world would immediately fix the problem.

I realize that I am the smartest man in the world, but why is it always up to me to illustrate to the other 330 million Americans how easy it is to solve certain problems? Here goes, we don’t need new laws, we don’t have to spend a nickel.  Let people be free and unencumbered from the proselytizing phalanx of prolix publicans.  They creep upon our liberties such that we rely on others to do things we would naturally do ourselves. Here is the solution. The stupid ass signs come down. Like in my day, teachers, coaches, administrators and students all have weapons. Criminals don’t prey on the strong. Problem solved.

Yet there is more. Suppose a 15 year old boy wrote an essay in which he stated his desire to kill children that read like this:

"I was driving home from work, I noticed two children crossing the street. They were happy, happy to be free from their troubles. I knew, however, that this happiness and sense of freedom were much too overwhelming for them. This happiness was mine by right. I had earned it in my dreams. As I neared the young ones, I put all my weight on my right foot keeping the accelerator pedal on the floor until I heard the crashing of the two children on the hood, and then the sharp cry of pain from one of the two. I was so fascinated for a moment, that when after I had stopped my vehicle, I just sat in a daze, sweet visions filling my head."

How many times have we seen some weirdo punk write something like this? In our overly legalistic society, there are a labyrinth of rules and procedures to follow. Everyone is afraid to just beat the snot out of the kid and kick him out of school for fear of “breaking a rule” or being sued.  Thus, the citizenry has to rely on the government instead of exercising their natural liberties. Eventually, the FBI is called and nothing is ever done because the government sucks at everything it does.  In a world of natural liberty, kids who talk like this get bitch slapped immediately. Now, our “rule makers” have made mentally disturbed boys who wear dresses to school a protected class and forced schools to put tampons in the boys restrooms.  Our overly legalistic and rules-oriented world prevents citizens from doing what they would ordinarily do if they weren’t crowded out by the state. In the Ulvalde shootings, federal marshals handcuffed an armed woman attempting to rescue her children. Another parent was tasered. They did this while law enforcement (agents of the state) waited 76 minutes before entering the building while the shooter was killing children. In a world of limited government, educators, citizens and parents would have acted in a state of natural liberty and would have protected the children. They would not have “asked” permission to do so.

And before I conclude, let’s separate emotion from logic. Graphic images tend to make people hysterically emotional which leads to bad policy. These school shooting murders, as horrible as they are, comprise a tiny, tiny percentage of U.S. murders. Statistically, your child is more at risk from just falling down and dying than by being shot in school from one of these crazed lunatics. Guns save millions of lives a year because punks attack the weak and not the well-armed.

Evil exists and always will, but never discount the natural power of free citizens to melt the darkness with the light of liberty.

PS: The sick f#ck punk who wrote the quoted  passage above is Beto O’Rourke. Do we really need clowns like this making policy for us?

Robert C. Smith is Managing Partner of Chartwell Capital Advisors and likes to opine on the Rob Is Right Podcast and Webpage.

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