Guns for Self-Defense

Jamie Gilt with Gun and SonPerhaps gun enthusiasts don’t believe the statistics that people who own a gun are far more likely to be shot with their gun, or have a member of their household shot, than they are to shoot a burglar or intruder. Or if they do believe the statistics, they may think that other damn fools may come to grief with their own guns but they, themselves, are responsible enough, careful enough, and well trained enough to avoid such tragedies.

I don’t know whether that’s what Jamie Gilt of Putnam County, Florida thought. But Jamie maintained a Facebook page titled "Jamie Gilt for Gun Sense" in which she advocated having guns for defense of home and family. She posted a picture of her holding a rifle in one hand and a small child in another. And she posted such statements such as “My right to protect my child with my gun trumps your fear of my gun,” and “Even my 4 year old gets jacked up to target shoot with the .22.”

According to news reports, Jamie’s four-year-old son accidently shot her with his mother’s .45-caliber handgun. Jamie was driving a pickup truck at the time; her son was in the backseat. Fortunately, Jamie survived.

image of edmund burkeEDMUND BURKE

 

Edmund Burke -- the great eighteenth century British statesman -- was both a liberal and a conservative.  For a relatively concise but complete profile of Burke, and an explanation of why by today's standards Burke may be considered either a liberal or a traditional conservative -- but emphatically not a libertarian, neoconservative, or social conservative -- read Professor Bogus' article Rescuing Burke, 72 Missouri Law Review 387 (2007).

Here are some quotes from Edmund Burke:

"We must all obey the great law of change.  It is the most powerful law of nature, and the means perhaps of its conservation."

"Society become a partnership not only between those who are living, but between those who are dead, and those who are to be born."

"The individual is foolish; the multitude, for the moment is foolish, when they act without deliberation; but the species is wise, and, when time is given to it, as a species it always acts right."

"Whatever each man can separately do, without trespassing upon others, he has a right to do for himself; and he a right to all which society, with all its combinations and skill and force, can do in his favor.  In this partnership all men have equal rights; but not to equal things."

 

EDMUND is a blog by Professor Carl T. Bogus.

 

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