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Howard Nemerov

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August 19, 2012 - 4:35 am

With the recent murders of American troops by alleged Afghan allies, military officials have ordered troops in Afghanistan to go armed at all times:

U.S. and NATO troops in Afghanistan are being ordered to carry loaded weapons at all times while on base, in response to a rash of Afghan soldiers and policemen turning their weapons on coalition forces.

This proves that military brass knows even off-duty troops are safer when armed. They understand the positive relationship between guns and safety: Our tax dollars pay for a private security firm “charged with protecting and safeguarding the occupants, visitors, and infrastructure of the Pentagon, Navy Annex and other assigned Pentagon facilities.”

Anti-rights propagandists like Brady Campaign are curiously silent about the policy change. Where’s the outrage? Where’s the ranting that “more guns means more violence”?

Granted, they believe cops and military can have guns because they’re trained, a point that deserves further examination.

Some precedents come to mind:

  • The Supreme Court has ruled that government can force us to buy a product because we’ll be “taxed” if we don’t comply (Obamacare).
  • Government requires education, forcing us to send our kids to school and punishing us if we either don’t comply or don’t pay for a valid alternative (e.g. private school, home schooling).

The Militia Act includes “all able-bodied males at least 17 years of age” and “female citizens of the United States who are members of the National Guard.” The Obamacare precedent makes it logical that all law-abiding citizens should own firearms (keep arms) and train with them beginning at age 17. Then we should be forced to carry them on our person (bear arms) in order to provide for a safer society.

Then anti-rights complainers will be satisfied…assuming it’s really about guns.

Former civilian disarmament supporter and medical researcher Howard Nemerov investigates the civil liberty of self-defense and examines the issue of gun control, resulting in his book Four Hundred Years of Gun Control: Why Isn’t It Working? He appears frequently on NRA News as their “unofficial” analyst and was published in the Texas Review of Law and Politics with David Kopel and Carlisle Moody.
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