Pro-gun crowd quiet on liberty issues

Bradcoe’s assertion that liberty depends on easy access to firearms echoes a political theory almost as old as the U.S. Constitution itself.

To the editor:

Re: Jack Bradcoe’s recent letter in the Capital News (Jan. 15) headlined  The Need to be Ready for In-house Tyranny.

Bradcoe’s assertion that liberty depends on easy access to firearms echoes a political theory almost as old as the U.S. Constitution itself.

But research on the subject quickly shows that his argument is entirely without merit.

Comparison with other democracies in western Europe and east Asia reveals a good number of systems much less corrupted than the U.S.

None of the other advanced industrial democracies are in any danger of becoming tyrannies, despite their tight gun regulations. Liberties are not lost through martial law and open “unscrupulous authoritative aggression” by governments, as Bradcoe put it, but rather through gradual erosion—undermining the principle of presumption of innocence, invasion in private affairs, election fraud, etc.

Civil rights activists will be able to point to a number of such troubling changes in our country and abroad. But gun advocates, self-declared guardians of our liberties, do nothing about it—unless their gun privileges are affected. Did gun owners voice protests when several hundred peaceful demonstrators were illegally detained in Toronto during the G20 meetings?

Ironically, in such cases we will likely find gun owners actually siding with the government of the day. A tyrannical government comes knocking not wielding guns, but instead carrying the law. And gun owners don’t oppose them, but instead invite them in.

And a final point—the argument that liberty depends on easy access to firearms implies that effective opposition to a tyranny is not possible unless citizens are armed.

That claim is nonsense because it ignores the fact that many of the revolutions during the latter part of the 20th century were entirely peaceful—East Germany and the fall of the Berlin Wall, Bulgarian revolution or the Velvet Revolution in Czechoslovakia, all in 1989. If arguments of gun rights advocates had any merit, those revolutions would not have been possible without armed revolutionaries.

Jens Gessner, Kelowna

 

 

 

Just Posted

RCMP hunt for suspect in West Kelowna bank robbery

Suspect used a note and fled bank Saturday with an undisclosed amount of cash

Community Leader Awards: Shelley Pacholok

The Kelowna Capital News honours those who give back in the community

International Arts Festival returns to Kelowna

Living Things is a month-long festival with live performances by artists from around the world

Legion bell prank hits sour note

Anger erupts after Summerland Legion member removes bell from Peachland Legion

Kelowna Art Gallery members’ exhibition offers variety of media

Encounters will be held from Dec. 2 to Feb. 3

B.C. wine industry fights for interprovincial trade in Supreme Court

Gerard Comeau likely never thought he would end up in the Supreme… Continue reading

Site C decision coming Monday morning

Premier John Horgan to announce fate of dam project at B.C. legislature

PIGS bring Pink Floyd sound to Kelowna

Victoria band pays tribute to iconic British band on Feb. 10 at Mary Irwin Theatre

Letter: Another flagger dies; when will you slow down?

You have all seen our signs, trucks and my favorite our cones. Why don’t you slow down?

Kelowna-developed technology to be unveiled at Summerhill

Kelowna winery and tech company introduces new technology for phone or tablet

California couple name daughter after Revelstoke

Revy Elle Atashroo was born on Nov. 27. Her name honours the town her parents loved exploring.

VIDEO: Vancouver Whitecaps acquire star striker Kei Kamara

Kamara has 103 goals and 39 assists in 298 appearances over 11 Major League Soccer seasons

Warriors drop both weekend games

West Kelowna falls twice in BCHL action to Penticton and Trail

Most Read