They blame availability
To the editor: A liberal letter writer, displaying the typical insufferable sense of superiority, ridiculed the “gun nuts” who can’t grasp that it’s the easy availability of guns that causes murders. It’s been ever thus.
No doubt there were liberal Neanderthals who maintained that it was the easy availability of rocks that caused murders back then. Later, it was the availability of stone knives and spears and, later still, the availability of swords and battle axes; all sorts of “implements of death” have caused murders.
These are the same folks who won’t identify terrorists but say they can keep guns out of terrorists’ hands. The same folks who refuse to control the border, not caring who comes in. The same folks who can’t keep guns from Chicago teenagers. The same folks who put great effort into making nuclear weapons available to the Iranians, who reveal every day “the hatred in their hearts.” Now they can kill millions at a time.
The Quantum State of Consent
Posted: 10 Feb 2018 04:34 PM PST
56% of younger millennials identify as Christian. 2% as Jewish or Muslim. 1% as Buddhist. And 36% as nothing. That's double the number that made up the "nones" among baby boomers. Being a "none" often means having no sense of purpose, except to seek personal happiness and make the world a better place by recycling, opposing Trump and calling out racism. It also means a moral code based on academic analysis of power relationships between races, genders and sexual orientations.
"Only a virtuous people are capable of freedom," Benjamin Franklin cautioned more simply.
These aren't abstractions. Nor are they measured on some vast scale of civilizations. They define how we live our ordinary lives. They are why this debate is taking place.
Free people consent. But freedom comes from virtue. Freedom without virtue is anarchy. And anarchy ends in brutality and tyranny. That outcome isn't only expressed in riots in the streets. It emerges in smaller and more intimate matters, like the debate over consent.
Freedom of consent is failing. The left wants to replace it with brutality and tyranny. The brutality of online smear campaigns and the tyranny of campus kangaroo courts. But a secular right has no replacement for it either except the more libertarian brutality and tyranny of the individual.
What we forgot is that we don't truly have freedom of consent, until we have purpose.