Monday, January 4, 2010
Penn Jillette on Freedom
And I echo his sentiment. Especially when it comes to gun control. Anti-gunners will forever wave around body counts. No number will be low enough for them. It doesn't matter if 30,000, 3,000, or 30 people die each year from gun shots. They will always use that number to call for greater restriction and even prohibition of guns.
Look at England for example. Anti-gunners constantly use England as the benchmark for gun control in the western world. Yet even with their incredibly low firearms death rate, the gun controllers in England are still calling for more restrictions.
Just as you can't "placate a lion by letting him eat only your foot", you cannot placate the gun controllers by "compromising" with any of their demands. Any "compromise" with the gun controllers will be thanked with another campaign to further restrict your rights.
So when the gun controllers ask if being inconvenienced is worth saving a few lives, I say no, only because I know enough lives can never be saved to stop them from wanting to further inconvenience me. I refuse to offer my foot to the lion.