We don’t expect coherent and rational arguments from gun and knife prohibitionists, but this editorial in the Chattanooga Times Free Press on the knife rights bills (HB 0581, SB 1015) moving through the Tennessee legislature reaches seldom-attained heights.
“Perhaps we should just ask Sens. Bell and those from our region voting with him — Todd Gardenhire, R-Chattanooga; Bo Watson, R-Hixson; Janice Bowling, R-Tullahoma (and Marion and Sequatchie counties); Charlotte Burks, D-Monterey (and Bledsoe County); and Ken Yager, R-Harriman (and Rhea County) — to think about giving us some more freedoms.
Let’s just drop the requirement for all drivers to have a driver’s license, for example. After all, it’s irrational to expect that requiring a license means only licensed drivers will drive. Do we think those people driving with lapsed, revoked or suspended licenses will somehow stop being lawbreakers?
While we’re at it, let’s drop the prohibition on drinking and driving. After all, we all know that law doesn’t keep drunks off the road. And if there are more accidents, car makers will sell more cars. Let’s hear it for car rights!”
To quote the late, great William F. Buckley, “I will not insult your intelligence by suggesting you believe what you just said.” The problem is, the author sounds like he/she does believe this nonsense.
The author cedes the argument from the outset with the statement about unlicensed drivers not obeying the law. That is the whole point! Whether we are talking about guns or knives or even crowbars, no tool is dangerous in the hands of an honest individual. No law on the books can prevent evil intent.
But the complete logical breakdown is achieved when you apply the anti-knife position of the author to his or her statement about cars. If we were to apply the author’s “solution,” as advocated from their antipathy towards the knife-rights bills, we would ban cars from law-abiding citizens in the name of preventing unlicensed or even drunk-driving.
More importantly in many ways, the author fails to grasp the fundamental concept of what exactly a “right” is. The whole premise that the legislature ought to “give us more freedoms” is fundamentally flawed from the outset. Our Founding Fathers recognized our fundamental freedoms as coming from God.
We have large brains and opposable thumbs in place of the claws, teeth, and raw power of other mammals. These allow us to create tools, be they physical tools like knives, or social tools/constructs like the very concept of Government.
We use the tool of Government to provide and maintain the roads, which themselves are a tool to facilitate mobility, and we accept licensing as the cost of using our cars upon the public roadways. If you drive only on private property, you need no license at all. You can own a car (but not a switchblade) without any government involvement.
Likewise, lack of a license does not prevent anyone from driving a car drunk or through a crowded farmers market. No law you can pass can change this simple fact.
[note: I included the list of legislators that the author intended to shame, however I think they deserve our thanks. Click here to do just that.]