Craig Mason: Revisiting licensing citizens as “gun-worthy”

Craig Mason: Revisiting licensing citizens as “gun-worthy”

By Craig Mason On December 24, 2018, the Spokesman kindly ran my guest opinion, “License People, Not Guns,” in which I argued that a middle road between government-led gun control and ardent gun-rights supporters was to privatize (with financial responsibility) certifying people as “gun-worthy.” I also pointed out that most passionate gun rights advocates were not defending target shooting or hunting, but a right to insurrection. Well! January 6, 2021, showed us the idiot version of that idea, and further discredited those whom I tried to sympathetically present as heirs to the minuteman mythology of the American Revolution in their attachment to the Second Amendment. Our Founding Fathers feared “the mob,” and supported passionless reason – the Founders were the opposite of the illiterate dopes who overran Congress in support of the “Big Lie” of election theft. It is clear that gun rights are going to be constrained as we sort out yet another mass shooting in Colorado, and they will likely be constrained in largely useless ways, because the problem is really our shift in child-rearing away from accountability and away from self-discipline. “Left” and “right” have become incoherent categories of thought as “both sides” flee the hard work of raising a citizenry that is competent to exercise gun rights, exercise speech rights, and to choose their government. Reveling in thrilling outrage at the equally impotent other “side” is just another symptom of the self-indulgence of our age. It cripples thought and action to have “beliefs” divorced from […]

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