GUNS AND TYRANNY
. . . no matter how fond you are of your guns, I hope that everyone recognizes that the right to a speedy and public trial is far more fundamental to freedom and liberty than gun ownership. Any country that has both a free press and a fair court system is probably going to muddle along pretty well regardless of their gun laws, but countries without either of those — Iraq, just to pull an example out of a hat — is a tyranny regardless of whether everyone owns an AK-47 and knows how to use it.
I agree with Kevin’s point that an above board justice system is more important than gun rights, and even agree that it’s possible to have a democratic society minus gun rights. But I disagree with Kevin and some of his early commentators on the utility of the Iraq case study. I don’t see that Iraq demonstrates much, except that people who aren’t organized to fight tyranny don’t fight it, with or without guns. But it would be a hell of a lot easier to fight tyranny—and to get organized to fight it—with guns.