I knew it would come; I just didn’t know it would come so quickly. When I first heard about yesterday’s armed standoff, my first thought was of the NH representative who had described just such a situation; I thought he’d likely regret his choice of words.
Perhaps not. A different man, one who did not win his senatorial race in NH, comments on the Union Leader story (after the jump):
If you’re robbing an armored car, or busting a drug dealer, you deserve to get shot. People have an inherent natural right to defend themselves and to protect the property they are in the business of delivering to their customers.It’s not as if there was ever any question whether the government had a right to impose drug laws. The government never had any such right, and that’s all there is, was, or ever will be to it. If you’re a cop, get a job.
Following my defeat in the 2006 Republican primary for state senator, The Telegraph ran my response: “Most Republicans voted for a candidate who supports the War on Drugs, and they will whine like crybabies every time a poor, defenseless cop chooses to get himself killed in action,” he wrote.”There are those of us who attempted to defend liberty with ballots. Don’t come whining to us when other people defend liberty with bullets.” (13 Sept. 2006, page 1.)
The thing is, second amendment issues elicit a sort of tribal response; in this case, it’s a libertarian abhorrence of government intrusion in the form of drug laws (the drugs this time appear to have been steroids), but in Ohio, when a man apparently shot his wife and daughter at a restaurant, among the first comments are those chastising the victims for not carrying handguns themselves. Three dead, and apparently the real crime was not carrying a gun.