I don't actually disagree with you American gun nuts half as much as you think, but I often get frustrated with you because you don't seem to understand the bigger picture, which is that widespread private gun ownership is actually a very bad sign
Since the dawn of time, men have always gathered together for protection against the wild animals, and the wildest of all animals is of course Man himself. A group of people teaming up for mutual protection is the root cause of the eventual emergence of what we today know as the state
The primary task for every state, big or small, is thus to provide security
for its citizens. There are secondary and tertiary and quaterniary tasks that have accumulated over time, but the most primary task, and the very reason for the formation of the state in the first place
, is protection
Protection against what, you ask?
1. Criminals and other anti-social individuals who seek to gain benefits for themselves at the expense of others in the society.
2. Invasion by other tribes seeking to steal the land and resources of the society.
When a state fails to provide adequate protection against these constant threats, it has failed to live up to its primary reason to exist. Therefore, such a state must logically be considered a failed state
When people live in a failed state that cannot or will not provide the protection they need, they will naturally seek to protect themselves, for instance by acquiring guns.
And that's why the number of guns in private ownership is not a measure of the freedom
enjoyed by citizens, it is instead a sure sign that they are living in a failed state.
And even more - if a state does not offer protection for its citizens, it no longer serves a useful purpose. A state not serving a useful purpose has no valid excuse to exist, it can do nothing but harm, and is the very definition of a tyranny.
So, the fact Americans buy lots of guns to protect themselves shows without a shadow of a doubt that they are in fact living under the tyranny of a failed state, which happens to be the direct opposite to freedom!
Now, I don't want to be unfair to Americans, so I'll haste to point out that theirs isn't the only failed state by any means. In fact, every
Western nation is currently a failed state, and since these failed states still insist on continuing to exist, they are also tyrannical by definition.
The only difference is, the USA mainly fails in protecting its citizens against criminals
(forcing them to buy guns), whereas the other Western nations mainly fail to protect theirs against invaders
(the reaction has not been seen yet).
These invaders are instead given protection by the state, and the invasion is actively encouraged, which is of course the exact opposite of what a state is supposed to do.
The invaders are called nicer names, like "immigrants" or "refugees", but that is just the way the state deceives the citizens into accepting the invasion. The plain fact of the matter is, if you attempt to settle on the land previously held by another tribe, then you are an invader trying to steal their land and resources, and should of course be treated as such.
There is no such thing as "peaceful immigration", because the very act of attempting to live on the land held by someone else uninvited is in itself an act of aggression!
Failing to protect against such invasion is lethal. A good example is the plight of the "Native Americans". The Europeans settled on their land "peacefully" for the most part, but what difference did that make in the end? None! They still lost their land.
And the important thing here is, no-one actually has a right to anything, unless they can defend it. The Native Americans failed to protect their land, so it was stolen, by "immigration" and "refugees". And now it is not theirs anymore. No amount of complaints or moralizing about fictitious "rights" can ever give it back.
Stuff belongs to the one who manages to hold onto it, such is the law of Nature!
That's why people band together and forms states. It is the only way anyone can ever live a reasonably safe life on this planet. But when the state abandons the interests of its citizens and acts contrary to those interests, then it has become a monster, and a lethal threat to the very people it was intended to protect. Such a state gone rogue
needs to be slain
, not to reinstate the mythical happy anarchy of the Wild West, but to reinstate a proper state
, one which does serve the interests of its citizens.
In short, my beef with you gun nuts, is that you yearn for the glory days of the Wild West, when it was every man for himself. Those days actually never happened as you remember them, there was always a Sheriff around and the gun-toting cowboy ended up in jail for everyone's protection, but you keep dreaming the impossible dream - the dream of being free without needing to rely on others.
And that happens to be the wrong dream to dream. The correct dream, is of creating a well-ordered state that serves and protects its citizens. Only in such a state can Man ever experience a taste of the freedom he seeks.