segunda-feira, julho 01, 2013

Gun Control and the War on Drugs

Gun Control and the War on Drugs:
In both cases — laws that restrict which guns people may buy, own, and carry and laws that restrict which drugs people may buy, possess, and ingest — what we’re dealing with are possession crimes: victimless offenses against the state, whereby merely having something is branded a crime and punishable by fines and imprisonment.

Both types of laws are terribly immoral, as they are affronts to basic personal liberty. In a free society, all individuals own themselves and the products of their labor and exchange, and are free to do as they wish so long as they do not commit violence and fraud against other people. Arresting, prosecuting, and incarcerating people for the weapons they choose to own or the drugs they choose to consume are immoral violations of the rights of self-ownership and the corollary rights to control one’s own body and property.

The right to self-ownership necessarily implies the right to self-defense and the right to peacefully acquire the means of self-defense. Hence, all gun control immorally violates the right to self-defense and self-ownership.

The right to self-ownership implies the right to self-medication and also the general right to decide what to put into one’s own body. Either you own yourself or you do not.
So thousands of people who didn’t even commit the crime — much less were proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt — end up in prison .. the punishments against people who break these laws end up being grossly unjust and disproportionate.
This atrocious assault on the basic human right .. has gotten precious little attention, partly because many supporters of gun rights are not sympathetic toward drug offenders, and many drug war reformers are all too apathetic about gun ownership rights.

As long as gun rights advocates don’t see the direct threat to all our civil and financial liberties that inevitably follow from the drug war — and as long as opponents of the drug war fail to understand the evils that predictably come from a war on guns — Americans will continue to see their priceless liberties steadily stripped away by both programs, in all their unconstitutionality and immorality.

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