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Anonymous makes statement on gun control

Posted: January 15, 2013 at 3:00 pm   /   by

Following on from earlier posts . . .

Assuming that the video below is legitimately from the real (loosely affiliated) hacktivist group known as Anonymous, this would be an example of two things:

1) Politics make strange bedfellows.

The list of things that the prototypical American supporter of legal gun ownership and the prototypical Anonymous-type hacktivist disagree is probably rather extensive. And yet, here we appear to be, which brings us to point 2 . . .

2) The appeal of gun ownership is broad.

In a state of nature, do you have a right to life? To survive? If you catch a fish from the ocean to feed yourself and your family, is that your fish? Do you have a right to think your own thoughts? To treat your own wounds? To find a mate and raise a family? To defend yourself from harm?

Of course.

People have an innate understanding of these things; they treat them as brute facts. That’s why Jefferson wrote “We hold these truths to be self-evident . . . ” Because they’re self-evident.

We revere the Second Amendment, but the reason why its appeal is so broad and so deep goes beyond the Constitution. It goes straight to a visceral understanding of natural rights. You have a right to own and carry weapons every bit as much as you have a right to life, to thought, to speech. This right is not granted by any government; it is a right you have just because you exist. That is why people feel so strongly about it.


Christopher Cook

Christopher Cook

Managing Editor at Western Free Press
Christopher Cook is a writer, editor, and political commentator. He is the president of Castleraine, Inc., a consulting firm providing a diverse array of services to corporate, public policy, and not-for-profit clients.

Ardently devoted to the cause of human freedom, he has worked at the confluence of politics, activism, and public policy for more than a decade. He co-wrote a ten-part series of video shorts on economics, and has film credits as a researcher on 11 political documentaries, including Citizens United's notorious film on Hillary Clinton that became the subject of a landmark Supreme Court decision. He is the founder of several activist endeavors, including (now a part of Western Free Press) and He is currently the managing editor of and principal contributor to
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Anonymous makes statement on gun control