Getting to the Real Problem
A brief essay from the "Strike the Root" blog, which takes its name from Thoreau's quote:
There are a thousand hacking at the branches of evil to one who is striking at the root.
...But use of privately owned guns against ordinary (“private”) criminals is just part of the equation. Why is it that throughout the history of the United States, given the availability of guns, the government has not grown smaller and smaller? By now we should be the freest people on the planet!
The answer has to do with ideology. When most of society is composed of people who support state actions, then nothing will change, even if they themselves own firearms (emphasis added). It is not an exaggeration to say that more than 99% of people are socialist. They are socialist to the degree that they implicitly or explicitly support any and all government programs. If you support universal healthcare, you are a medicinal socialist; if you love the government military, you are a defense socialist; and if you want sanctions, tariffs, subsidies, taxes, licenses and regulations, you are a plain old Red...
Read the whole thing, please.