Erin hits it out of the park. OUT. OF. THE. PARK.
It's a direct slap-in-the-face to the whole "guns are dangerous" crowd, the ones who so smugly emoted "you love your guns more than children" in the wake of the Sandy Hook shootings. A straightforward hit amidships for those who think that if we snapped our fingers and magically made all guns disappear forever the world would instantly become "safe" from all violence. Of course, the events in Boston this week show otherwise, but as we've seen time and time again, facts are meaningless to those who oppose freedom.
Look, freedom is messy. It's scary, and dangerous, and unpredictable. Living in a free society means, yes, it is possible that the wrong people might do something that winds up in innocent people getting hurt. But they can and do hurt innocents with cars, knives, bombs, fists, and sticks - only when it comes to firearms do we start blaming the tool rather than the person using the tool. Plenty of folks noted that when the bomb went off at the marathon, no one blamed pressure cookers or ball bearings - they blamed the terrorists who planted the bombs. After Sandy Hook, though, all we heard was how "assault weapons" and "high capacity magazines" were to blame rather than the disturbed young man pulling the trigger.
Our rights - all of them, not just the ones we happen to enjoy - are non-negotiable. Not the freedom of speech, under fire from both the right (ban books!) and the left (political correctness); not the freedom to be free of unreasonable search and seizure; nothing. It is not a buffet from which we can pick and choose those rights we wish to defend - we defend the entire bill, or those who wish to rein in our freedoms will divide and conquer.
Thank you, Erin, for such a great post.
That is all.