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Old January 1, 2013, 03:12 PM   #1
Tom Servo
Join Date: September 27, 2008
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Gun Control: the Objectivist Response

Harry Binswanger, protegee of Ayn Rand, has a great article in Forbes in which he dismisses gun control on the grounds that it reverses the traditional equation upon which our legal system is based:

In particular, the government may not descend to the evil of preventive law. The government cannot treat men as guilty until they have proven themselves to be, for the moment, innocent. No law can require the individual to prove that he won’t violate another’s rights, in the absence of evidence that he is going to.
The one right above others we have is the right to life, and the way to remove that right is by force. We have a right to defend against such force, and as such, we have a right to the tools used to that end.
Sometimes it’s nice not to destroy the world for a change.
--Randall Munroe
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