Email from Pennsylvania Libertarian Party activist and state chair candidate Steve Scheetz:
The tragic events in Boston have spawned many different opinions as to the how’s, the why’s, etc. However, most of the commentary has really missed the mark. Jay Mohr, for example blamed the “gun culture” for the bombing, before the “suspects” were caught and asked what their motivation was, right away it was the “gun culture.” Regarding the news coverage, there was a lot of focus on the violence and the damage of the aftermath, yet there was not a great deal of time given to the heroes who, after finishing the race, heard the bomb blast, and without thought for their own safety, waded into the danger area to help those who were injured. In this piece, I will discuss how it is that we actually do have a problem within our culture, but it is not guns.
What we witnessed in the Boston bombing was a symptom of the problem. The fact that Martial Law was declared, doors were kicked in, and people were removed from their homes at gunpoint was a symptom of the problem… Jay Mohr’s comment that it is a gun culture that caused the bombing was also a symptom of the problem. Does anyone know what the problem is? The problem is, in general, an overwhelming quantity of self-interest and the refusal to take responsibility for anything. The society, as a whole, is filled with too many people who are willing to rely on others to do jobs that they should be doing themselves!
Why would this incident never happen in Switzerland? First, let’s ignore the fact that the United States’ Government meddles in the affairs of sovereign nations for a moment and focus specifically on the people of both nations. In Switzerland, the people are the nation’s defense force. Almost everyone is armed and trained with the notion that they will be called to defend the nation. Everyone who walks the street has the attitude that their home land is their home, and they will work tirelessly in their second job to ensure that these things do not happen, say, in Zurich.
In Boston, it is nearly impossible to own and carry a firearm, legally. Consequently, the people there have been conditioned to rely on Law Enforcement to protect them from those who would do them harm. During that bombing, in Boston, there were thousands on the streets watching the runners. All of those people believed that someone else should be looking for the evil people wanting to commit murder instead of themselves. Fast forward to the days following when these same people who abdicated their duty under the Second Amendment cheered as the police declared Martial Law, and kicked down their doors.
The question must be asked. Was this the correct course? Would it have been so much of an effort for people (you may read as the Militia) to look through the crowd for guys like we saw in Boston. These guys who could have been seen by thousands of individuals interested in protecting each other and their city….
Instead, the people in the Boston were oblivious to the dangers, and there are a disturbing number of people who are oblivious to the dangers of a government willing to declare Martial Law, removing all rights from the citizens in order to wreak more havoc on the streets. I watched the reports on CNN during the week, and it was many days after the events at the Boston Marathon when they actually told the story of the selfless heroes who, having heard the bomb blast ran into the crowd to lend their assistance heedless of any danger to themselves. Seeing that heroes were not news is a partial cause of that problem I mentioned in earlier paragraphs. We the people of the United States have the DUTY to defend and preserve a FREE STATE!
The “gun culture” is not the problem. The problem is that too many people are willing to give up their rights and responsibilities to others in a world filled with people who wish to harm us.