We like to tell the anti’s that the law abiding are the least likely to be the ones who will violate the law and thus adding more laws will do nothing to stop criminals. While this is primarily true, it dawned on me the other day that I cannot truly consider myself ‘law abiding’.
This is, of course, by design. One of my most used Ayn Rand quotes is illustrative
There's no way to rule innocent men. The only power government has is the power to crack down on criminals. Well, when there aren't enough criminals, one makes them. One declares so many things to be a crime that it becomes impossible for men to live without breaking laws.
The problem is there are too many laws. It’s impossible to follow them all to a T and thus, we’re all law-breakers to one level or another. Heck, we’re all felons (see here). The problem is we’re not dangerous to society like criminals are.
I think this is one of those dangerous traps we might be caught in. We rely on the fact that most gun owners are decent people who can be armed to the teeth and yet pose no danger to anyone. We’ve used the term ‘law-abiding’ to describe ourselves as so because we’ve intended it to mean we’re the good guys. But I think we’re going to find ourselves painted into a corner when, unable to ban guns outright, they start relying on the ‘lawbreakers should not have guns’ mantra to remove rights and we find that the fact we didn’t fill out form I985 correctly is considered a crime (that’s the form where you certify you’ve done your morning exercises).
Lord knows I might ignore several laws daily that I feel are not constitutionally permissible or ones that I find abhorrent from a human rights perspective, but that doesn’t make me someone who deserves to have his rights abridged.
I’m just thinking that we’re soon going to be finding ourselves subjected to such oppressive legislation that a lot of us are just going to start going ‘underground’ for many things (doctor care springs to mind already). And then they will use the excuse of “lawbreaker” to say we cannot own firearms.
Just your depressing thought to start your day out with.