Monday, September 12, 2011

Another Attempt at Expanding Self-Defense Rights

My petition a couple of years ago to get reciprocity between states for gun rights did not succeed. But now there is a new proposal with a similar aim. A friend of mine recently sent an e-mail about House of Representatives Bill 822, which will do much to correct inconsistencies between states and within those that have little respect for the fair application of the right to self-defense. I would urge those interested to read more here and to write your elected representatives regarding this issue. Here is a copy of the main text of the letter I sent to my congressman and senators:
I am writing in support of HR 822, The National Right-to-Carry Reciprocity Act of 2011. The right of peaceful people to carry weapons to defend against society's violent predators is a basic human right. However, despite this right being upheld by the Supreme court, there are several states and municipalities that seem to find that respecting this right is too much of an inconvenience. They will allow the powerful and well connected to defend their own lives, but seem to think that the vast majority should blindly trust government officials to protect them. Perhaps if ordinary adults gave police, prosecutors, and their supervisors the power our parents had over us when we were infants, they would provide the same protection our parents did then. I am skeptical about this, though, and in any case do not see it as the best way to maintain a free society. As such, I support H.R. 822 which will compel states and cities that allow their elites to protect themselves from violence to allow the vast majority of their citizens to do the same.
I would also urge you to read (or re-read) the NRA's factsheet regarding this issue. In addition to the fundamental right to self-defense that I have already stated there are two points I find especially worthy of note:
• States with right-to-carry laws have lower violent crime rates.
• Crime declines in states with right-to-carry laws.

Sunday, September 4, 2011

Oh, My Papa!

I don't like to talk too much about personal shit on this blog. Since the time I started this I have lost two aunts and one uncle, all of whom I was quite fond of, but whose deaths I could not find a way to announce in this blog without making things more awkward than they should be. Well, the same could probably be said about my father's death this past July, yet I feel that is too big a part of my life to ignore. So, while I do not wish to get into my personal relationship with him I will re-post the obituary which I posted on my Facebook Page: