• December 18, 2012
    By S.I. Rosenbaum


    Tickets to the gunshow.

    Like everyone else, I've been thinking about guns.

    I have what I think is a conclusive argument against the 2d Amendment, which is, in a nutshell, weapons technology has arrived at a fundamentally different circumstance than that in which the Amendment was written: then, the state and the people had access to the same technology; now, the state will always outgun the people. Always. Because of the massive resources needed to build the weapons the state has access to, no private person or group of persons will be able to match that armory. So the rationale of the Amendment, which was to eliminate a disparity in armament between the state and the people, is rendered moot. The state is going to win that arms race every time.

    Also: the Framers had no notion of nonviolent protests (the Tea Party was the closest thing to that, but it was an attack on supplies, perhaps similar to a boycott or strike, but not a true massive nonviolent resistance.) Here in the 21st Century we know that nonviolent resistance is vastly more effective in resisting and overturning governments than armed rebellion, especially in the age of the Internet. So, even if the government/populace arms disparity cannot be levelled, the people possess a more potent weapon which cannot be seized by government.


    But then I started thinking: Even if we allow that people will want to keep their guns for hunting or sport or even "self-defense" (there are problems with this idea, of course, but let's skip them) - WE COULD BE BUILDING SMARTER GUNS.

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  • January 18, 2011
    By S.I. Rosenbaum

    You may recall Travis Corcoran, erstwhile blogger and founder of the online comics store, the guy who saw fit to post some advice to would-be assassins immediately after the Giffords shooting. Under the title "1 down, 534 to go" Corcoran wrote (on his now-defunct blog):

    It is absolutely, absolutely unacceptable to shoot “indiscriminately”.

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