Saturday, April 6, 2013

Intellectual Courage

By Dave Dargo

Recently, Democratic Representative Diana DeGette was on the receiving end of a lot of well-deserved scorn as she continued her push to expand the power of the national government in direct contravention of the second amendment to the U.S. Constitution. It became clear on a number of occasions that Representative DeGette has no clue what she's talking about and, unfortunately, that ceaseless cluelessness has not slowed down her call for more ineffectual and unconstitutional firearms related bans.

Here is one video of her attempting to explain why a ban on standard capacity magazines will work.


Anyone who understands firearm magazines understands that they are designed to be reloaded. Her office attempted to clarify her statement and say that she was simply mistaken and meant to say clips. Well, unfortunately for her, clips can be reloaded as well. Did the clarification merely amplify her ignorance or was it already up to 11?

Unfortunately for the rest of us, such ignorance is not slowing the efforts of those who wish to expand the list of unconstitutional laws on our books.  It is also unfortunate for us that there has been too little objective analysis of new gun-control legislation wending its way through state houses across the nation that has made it into the minds of the average voter.  In full support of the "do something now" movement the entire gun-control movement has descended into a do anything that can be claimed as a victory over the evil NRA even if it makes no sense and solves no problems.  We've moved from a nation of problem solvers to one that can only focus on the emotional self-satisfaction that comes with beating an opponent.

Have we really become so enraptured with tribal politics that "our side" winning carries more value to us as individuals than in actually preserving liberty and solving the problem of violence and threats to personal safety?

It reminds me of something that Ludwig von Mises said in Planned Chaos,
The truth is that most people lack the intellectual ability and courage to resist a popular movement, however pernicious and ill-considered.
Have those tribal political allegiances become so strong that one side is really going to accept the ignorance of an elected representative such as Diana DeGette and continue to push ineffectual legislation because it satisfies some primal urge to have their "side" win.

We need people to have intellectual curiosity so they can have "the intellectual ability and courage" to not only resist such ill-considered measures but to actually turn back the tide of ignorance found within our elected representatives and run them out of office.

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