January 4, 2023

The more one dives into what it will take to put an end to gun control, the more daunting the path forward becomes.  Yet also, sensibly, as understanding of the issues involved expands, the more clearly linkages between all the relevant factors emerge.

Fortunately, the principles for completely restoring the right to keep and bear arms, is consonant with the overall goal of personal liberty, namely, the security of a “free” state.  From this, every other right and liberty flows.

Protecting the right to keep and bear arms is synonymous with securing private property.  This implies allowing no one (even if they hold public office) the authority to infringe upon owning and carrying the means of self-defense and repelling any aggression committed or attempted against that property.

The same is true for every other right.  Rights are exclusive spheres of noninterference surrounding people and their property.  The emphasis is placed on exclusivity, preventing others from invading what rightfully belongs to the genuine rights holder.

The right to free speech is meaningless without the necessary equipment for broadcasting or publishing.  The right to assemble is similarly worthless without a physical space to meet with those you find some common affinity with.  Conversely, the right to assemble is for naught without the ability to keep out interlopers that would disrupt the purpose of the meeting.

It bears repeating that the basis of private property is an exclusive sphere of control over a physical object in the material world designated to an individual as a signal for others to  leave alone.  Doing so allows for people to interact without conflict and interacting only on terms that all parties find agreeable.

Where property rights are respected, there is peace and, generally speaking, increasing material living standards. The reverse is also true.  Where property rights are undermined, chaos and conflict reign as people struggle among each other and goods are destroyed, leading to impoverishment.

While perverted, politicized law leads to anxiety and social strife, law that protects private property is conducive to peace and prosperity.  It is important to remember that the purpose of law is to allow human beings to live among one another in relative peace and

Although many philosophers, such as the Spanish Scholastics, John Locke, and Adam Smith spoke from a Judo-Christian religious orientation, what is known as the ‘common law’ is  something all primary religions and cultures find agreement on.

Further, a universal standard of justice, applicable to all people at all times, is available through the pure exercise of reason.  No religious appeals are required to justify a private property based legal order.  All verifiable rights are logically and consistently derived through the lens of private property.

In fact, using property rights creates an objective standard to evaluate all property claims or alleged violations and simultaneously prevents the likelihood of political perversion of the law.  The key lies in property boundaries that can be identified and understood through impartial discernment.  This standard applies to all human “beingness” and all human action using material objects as the physical proof.

An individual’s physical body is property and no one else has authorization to violate that exclusive object without permission.  The same is true of all other physical objects owned through transactional linkages to an individual, or group of cooperating individuals.

Buildings, vehicles, land, and firearms are all examples of property and, as such, are protected from interference, destruction, or denial by others.  This list is obviously not exhaustive.  What matters here, most importantly, is that every conceivably valid ‘human right’ can be justified through property rights.  Conversely, all rights claims untethered to property can be logically dispelled.

The lens and logic of property rights cuts through ephemeral and ever-evolving claims of socialist agitators and the intellectual vanguard of centralized control, otherwise known as tyranny, confronting people that are yearning to secure their liberty today.

This is also why the idea of private property is actively being undermined in popular media, universities, governmental bodies, global governance institutions, and, of course, by socialist mobs ransacking cities and destroying the very businesses that deliver the goods that satisfy human needs and desires.

People have been conditioned to work against their own interests by indulging in what Buddhists call the Three Poisons of ignorance, greed, and anger.  The institutions shaping public perception teach that socialism is necessary to protect against ‘big business’ while concealing the fact that industrial cartels can only wield power through the assistance of the most onerous and threatening cartel of all: a monopoly state.

People have been conditioned to believe that external security can only come through a national security industrial complex without realizing that before a state can project power it must first expropriate its own citizens of their own livelihoods and liberties.

People have also been conditioned to believe that their well-being requires a welfare state without recognizing the impossibility of rational economic calculation under the control of government bureaucracies.  Bureaucratic management and political control only squanders
resources and makes it more difficult to achieve individual goals and desires.  Asking to be ‘taken care of’ by the state is the same as asking to be a slave.

People have been conditioned into ‘supporting the troops’ and to ‘back the blue’ without realizing that these agents of the state are the ones who will confiscate privately owned firearms upon the orders of self-serving politicians and bureaucrats. They fail to understand that tax-funded soldiers and police serve the political caste in further controlling and expropriating the masses with more regulation and taxation.  These same troops are the ones that will implement gun control with physical force.

Securing a free state requires examining what models of social organization, territorial defense, and justice enforcement will actually deliver authentic security for the people, in terms of their houses, papers, and effects.  In other words, security for a free state must prioritize the private property of individual citizens and the collective property held in trust as their commonwealth.  The public treasury is a store of the wealth held in common by the citizens of a political entity and should be treated as resource deserving cultivation.  This is opposite to how wealth is squandered by politicians and bureaucrats under the current,
corrupt order.

What is important to realize is that compromising in one area of the private property standard opens the door to every other form of infringement.  All rights are property rights and putting an end to gun control requires an inviolate private property standard of justice.

This requires massive change in cultural attitudes.  The real revolution is in the minds of individuals making choices from moment to moment.  A society of individuals that values private property, and the free exchange thereof, prospers while those that institutionalize envy fall into immiseration.