Thursday, July 17, 2008
The reality of violence
The UK banned almost all handguns over a decade ago, and makes it extremely onerous to get a license to possess a long gun. These measures were - and are - touted as being necessary to reduce "gun violence".
Now, a newspaper report quotes the latest British Crime Survey as revealing that someone in the UK experiences a knife attack every four minutes - almost 130,000 last year. For the past few years there's been more and more talk about criminalizing the possession of knives, in response to "knife violence".
When, oh, when will these idiots realize that the instrument is not the problem?
Ban guns - knives will be used.
Ban knives - baseball bats, cricket bats and other club-like implements will be used.
Ban clubs - bricks and stones will be used.
The problem isn't what instrument is used in violence - it's the violence itself.
And that's something that's in the hearts and minds and souls of individuals.
You can only address violence if you address its causes inside people - their attitudes, reactions, prejudices, hopes, fears, whatever.
Unless you address that reality, you've already lost the fight.
And that reality is precisely what a socialist, statist government can never address - because it plays down the importance of the individual in favor of emphasizing the State and the group, the community, the large mass of the population as a collective whole.
The equation is simple. Deal with individuals, and you can deal with their problems. Deal with the collective, the society, the group, and the individual gets lost in the heap.
The results you see before you.