…. from the quill of Antisthenes
The nice people who want to control everything never give up. Firstly, they have nothing else to do. Secondly, where else could one get that tremendous sense of power when with relatively little effort one can make life miserable for an incredibly large number of inferior human beings? And it works. In Louisiana, USA you can’t sell a coffin without a license. Saving lives? Today the ‘activists’ everywhere are campaigning for legislation to kill Ronald McDonald™ and his Happy Meals™. Be it fishing, photography in our (?) National Parks, riding a bike without Government approved, but still mostly useless helmet. The list of “brave new world” rules is endless. The real goal is the control, the power of a few over many, power of the self-selected few over the rest. Lenin, Hitler, Mao, Pol Pot, Mugabe and Castro succeeded and the acolytes like Bob Brown, Hussein Obama, Julia Gillard and Malcolm Turbull are trying hard. Since you read and think, you know them. They all believe they are the alphas.
The restrictive gun laws have as little to do with saving human lives as Julia’s CO2 tax has with saving the Earth from a fate worse than death. Australians got the silly laws thanks to the dishonest to the morrow of his bones, i.e. typical pragmatic politician, John Winston Howard. Had his parents any inkling how he would turn out, the middle name would have been Neville.
The ‘control everything’ people tried recently in Switzerland, even though the firearms laws there were tightened in 2008. Luckily, that country has a functioning democracy and the gun-restriction proposal was rejected by 57 percent of voters and by 20 out of 26 cantons. Eight million Swiss people own or have custody of about 2.3 million firearms, (out of which 500,000 are pistols and 600,000 are automatic rifles), largely due to the fact that at the conclusion of the compulsory military service a soldier has the option to keep his firearm at home. The firearms homicides in 2009 were 0.3 per 100,000. In Australia, with its restrictive laws it was 0.13. (Australian Shooter, July 2011)
However, when one looks at other statistics, in particular that of all intentional homicide (unlawful death purposefully inflicted on a person by another person; UN definition), the Swiss go up to 0.9 and Australians to 1.3. United Kingdom is for some reason not so united for the statistical purposes – in England and Wales the figure is 1.6 and in Scotland 2.6. Obviously, it is not the guns per se. Great Britain has had extremely onerous firearms laws for a long time.
Those laws, for all the professed good intentions, make a citizen more vulnerable both to an arrogant government and private villains. I am certain that the Norwegian tragedy would be used by the devious controllers to call for even more regulations. Nobody will dare to ask whether the massacre could have been prevented or the toll reduced had at least one of the guards on Utoeya island carried a firearm and the will to use it.