Opinion by Darren Wolfe
Pennsylvania –-(Ammoland.com)- Mike Weisser, who likes to be known as “the gun guy” ( https://mikethegunguy.com/ ) and claims he is a proud NRA member always seems to be arguing against gun rights. I had a short conversation before his presentation on March 3, 2018 in Devon, PA ( https://goo.gl/NHQNjX ).
It was enlightening. Upon finding out that I'm a libertarian he asked if I refuse to pay taxes. My reply was no. Taxation is theft but I submit to the thieving government's superior force.
Weisser then asked if I thought it was OK for people who can't afford housing to be kicked out to die in the street and tough luck. I said no and reminded him of the long history of mutual aid societies and lodges that provided social services before the rise of the welfare state. This lead to him asking me why the welfare state was created. My answer was to buy support and votes, in other words to control people. No, Weisser said, mutual aid societies had failed during the Great depression and the government had to rescue people from starvation. Of course, I replied, the depression caused by the government through Hoover's New Deal lite and the Federal Reserve System's bumbling overwhelmed the private welfare system in place at the time. The answer isn't a welfare state but to avoid depressions through free market policies. I brought up that it seemed strange that he would talk about hunger during the depression since the Roosevelt administration curtailed food production to boost prices during that time. Weisser then suggested that I didn't know what I was talking about. He's obviously never heard of the Agricultural Adjustment Act.
The point of this paragraph is to illustrate Weisser's ignorance, statist thinking, and slavish devotion to the concept of government-as-savior.
Let's get on with guns. In the video below you can hear Weisser clearly say he's fine with the government banning guns:
Weisser's government-as-savior point of view comes through loud and clear. No need to fear government power, it's never abused, is it? (Note to the literal minded, the last sentence was sarcasm.) You also just heard Gun Sense Chester County ( https://gunsensecc.com/ ) member Wayne Hall unconvincingly say he hopes we can solve the so-called gun violence problem without banning guns.
The next video was also taken after Weisser's presentation. He says very clearly that people don't have a right to own guns. In it one can see how obvious it is that he's on the gun rights haters side:
What a strange view of the Constitution. Of course, the law is there to limit action. Starting with the Constitution which is supposed to limit the government not the people. James Madison was clear that “The powers delegated by the proposed Constitution to the federal government, are few and defined.” Thomas Jefferson expressed the same view when he wrote, “The two enemies of the people are criminals and government, so let us tie the second down with the chains of the Constitution so the second will not become the legalized version of the first.” As I wrote in Democratic Socialism, Guns, and the Failure of the Constitution:
The real issue is the question, does the government have the legal power to take people's guns? One searches the Constitution in vain trying to find a clause that empowers it to do so. However, the Tenth Amendment reads;
“The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.”
This should be a great restriction on governmental power. Since the Constitution nowhere grants the government the power to take our guns the Tenth Amendment should stop them from doing so.
Look out for those impulses! As if they drive peaceful people to murder. Rather than dealing in depth with how social dynamics are the key to solving the murder problem I'll refer readers to Professor Roth's excellent presentation on the subject “Why Is the United States the Most Homicidal Nation In the Affluent World?”.
One final commentary, not only Weisser but a group like Gun Sense Chester County try to come across as an attempt to mainstream gun control in order to exclude the advocates of liberty. If the contest is between gun controllers and gun banners the banners will win. We will continue down the slippery slope until we lose our gun rights completely. Gun owners must stand firm and push for the end of all gun laws and gun control at all levels of government.
Since Weisser makes it clear that he's a “lifetime NRA member”, what's the NRA's opinion of this? Does Weisser represent the NRA's views?
Below is Weisser's presentation in its entirety:
About Darren Wolfe
Darren Wolfe presently blogs as the International Libertarian (http://theinternationallibertarian.blogspot.com/). He is the former Eastern Vice Chair of the Libertarian Party of Pennsylvania. Darren is also an avid shooter and chess player.
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