Those do pave the road to destruction don’t they? And yes, good intent is not automatically bad, but wilfully disarming yourself because evil people exist? Not sure that we can even call that good intent, unless your intent is to make yourself an easier victim. Tom Knighton shares my view
Among the many happenings is that apparently, a number of New Zealand gun owners are turning in their guns. This is well ahead of any official gun ban, but they’re turning in the guns they lawfully own. I guess they think they’re “icky” now.
Since Friday’s deadly attack at two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand, gun owners have been turning up at local police stations seeking to have their own semiautomatic rifles—the weapon believed to have been used in the shootings—destroyed.
In the days since the attacks, which saw 50 people killed and dozens more injured, a number of gun owners in New Zealand have gone on social media to encourage others to follow in their footsteps. They want them to hand over their weapons and prevent another attack like Friday’s from happening again.
“Until today, I was one of the New Zealanders who owned a semiautomatic rifle,” one gun owner, farmer John Hart, wrote on Twitter. “On the farm they are a useful tool in some circumstances, but my convenience doesn’t outweigh the risk of misuse.
“We don’t need these in our country,” he added, sharing an image of a police form registering his weapon for “destruction.” “We have make sure it’s #NeverAgain.”
Misuse? Does this man not trust himself? Does he think his rifle will come to life? Sorry, that argument has always baffled me. But, as Knighton writes, virtue signalling is a thing
What is this? What is it really?
Mostly, it’s virtue signaling. It’s a gun owner who is aghast at what happened in Christchurch and needs to tell people that he’s right-thinking on guns now. So, he goes and turns in his guns and tells the entire world.
Hart isn’t the only one. The article profiles yet another who did the same.
But the question none of these people can answer is just how would their weapons, lawfully held by supposedly law-abiding citizens, represent any kind of threat to anyone? The answer is that they don’t. They won’t. They’re inanimate objects with no will of their own. They’re machines, devices meant to fire a projectile so a target some distance away can be hit.
As I wrote earlier, surrendering or wilfully hamstringing your ability to protect yourself is not a virtue. Evil people will not leave you alone because your act of contrition impressed them. In fact, it is usually soft targets that evil people pick to, well, be evil. Sheep may pretend to be virtuous, but….
The problem is, this isn’t the act of the morally superior. It’s the act of a sheep.
I hold onto my guns because I know damn good and well that when seconds count, help is just minutes away. Hell, in Christchurch, it took 36 minutes for police to respond. How many people died in those 36 minutes?