Have you seen this?
I’m tired of trying to use reason to reach people on this issue. The redefining of the term “assault rifle” to suit the political agenda; the ignoring of data that shows weapons in the hands of private citizens actually leads to decreased crime rates and the simple fact that the weapon is an inanimate object and, thus, cannot ever be responsible for how it is used all seem to be lost on the people who simply want to disarm America. As a student of history, I understand where a power-hungry, control-obsessed government such as ours tends to go after it disarms its people, but that’s yet another rational point that the irrational simply cannot seem to grasp in connection to this issue. So, I thought I would try to explain this by telling you about a science fiction book I once read.
The book is about an artificial planet. It is a veritable nirvana: a testament to man’s ability to engineer his own destiny through the purposeful direction of his evolution. In this case, the artificial planet had a central intelligence (also artificial) which governed everything that happened on the planet’s surface. One of the primary functions of this artificial intelligence in the center of this artificial planet was to make sure there were no weapons on the planet. If the AI detected a weapon, it made that weapon “disappear.” The purpose was to “protect” the inhabitants of the planet. Thus, man had engineered a “violence free” environment where he could live in blissful peace.
Now, I forget how it happened, but a mercenary suddenly finds himself on this planet and, for whatever reason, he ends up in a series of confrontations. In one case, he uses a chair as a weapon and the AI makes the chair go away. Another time, I think the mercenary used a metal rod or pipe as a weapon, so the AI made that go away, too. This keeps up until, finally, the AI figures out that it is not the inanimate objects that are the weapon: it’s the mercenary, himself. At which point, the AI is faced with a conflict in its programming: either “protect” the person (i.e. the mercenary), or make the weapon go away (again, the mercenary). Ultimately, the AI did what all tyrants throughout history have always done: it made the mercenary “go away.”
See how easy it is to justify murder? I say that because I didn’t tell you a vital point of the story. You may have assumed that the mercenary started all the fights he was in where the AI made his weapon “go away,” but he didn’t. In the story, he was defending the people on the planet from those who had taken advantage of the fact that the Ai made weapons go away to control those people. You see, the mercenary was actually the “good guy,” but, because he was opposing the tyrants on the planet, the AI made him go away. But not to worry, it was in the name of “peace.” It’s always in the name of the greater good – always.
And THAT is the insanity of those who seek to rule over others. It is the same insanity in play with out self-appointed ruling elite now. This is what “gun control” is all about: making the true protectors “go away.”