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What’s So Funny About Armed Revolution?

The Iranian people could indeed benefit from having the right to bear arms right now.

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Clayton E. Cramer

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July 10, 2009 - 12:42 am
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There are days I wonder if the internet connects me to another, parallel universe, where the last three centuries of Earth’s history played out much differently.

Josh Kraushaar of The Politico posted a snide little piece a few days back suggesting that Florida Senate candidate Marco Rubio made a “questionable comparison” when he suggested that the Iranians would benefit from having the right to keep and bear arms right about now.

Hmmm.

Iranian security forces — and some who do not even appear to be Iranian — are killing protesters in the streets, dragging people to jail for peaceful protests, and generally behaving like police states usually do when challenged. And there is something odd or illogical about Rubio’s remarks?

If Rubio had said “the Iranians would benefit from having a right to own pianos right now,” that would be odd or illogical. But what’s so odd or “questionable” in suggesting that a population confronting a corrupt, dishonest, thuggish government would benefit from being armed?

Perhaps in Kraushaar’s universe, and that of some of his commenters, there has never been a successful armed overthrow of a tyrannical government. But on the planet where I live, there have been a number of them over the years. (And a few others where gun control has prevented those revolutions.) Perhaps when Mr. Kraushaar was taking American history, the teacher was too busy having the students flagellate themselves for slavery, the destruction of American Indian tribes, and inventing carbon dioxide to devote any time to the events of 1775-1781.

I am sure that Mr. Kraushaar isn’t old enough to remember when the Romanians overthrew Nicolae Ceausescu — some of which involved armed civilians fighting back. The Romanian Olympic pistol shooting team had a rather dramatic encounter with Ceausecu’s security service, and the dispute was not resolved with words. I can remember watching news reports at the time in which rifles that must have been hidden since World War II were used by civilians to overthrow the government. Hunting rifles were also part of the civilian uprising.

Armed revolution isn’t obsolete, even in an era when the weapons systems available to the government are overwhelmingly destructive.

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