In the wake of the Charlie Hebdo massacre, I am reminded that not all of us are as vulnerable as others. This photo, found at The Smallest Minority
, illustrates that fact.
A good guy with a gun stops a bad guy with a gun. If the guy who took this image had been properly armed with a rifle, instead of with a camera, we might be reading a totally different story.
But, that was not to be. Self-defense is a basic human right.
In their eyes, you cannot, by (their) definition be a good guy if you have a gun. Violence is strictly reserved for the state.
From a report by the U.N.s Special Rapporteur to the UN Human Rights Councils's Sub-Commission on the Promotion and Protection of Human Rights:
20. Self-defence is a widely recognized, yet legally proscribed, exception to the universal duty to respect the right to life of others. Self-defence is a basis for exemption from criminal responsibility that can be raised by any State agent or non-State actor. Self-defence is sometimes designated as a “right”. There is inadequate legal support for such an interpretation. Self-defence is more properly characterized as a means of protecting the right to life and, as such, a basis for avoiding responsibility for violating the rights of another.
+1 on John. That way I don't have to cuss...
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