In Defense of Self-Defense: New at Reason

As unspeakable and horrific as is the recent slaughter in Orlando, it has become just another example of the tragic consequences of government's interfering with the exercise of fundamental liberties, writes Andrew Napolitano. After a while, these events cease to shock; but they should not cease to cause us to re-examine what the government has done to us.

We have a government here that is heedless of its obligation to protect our freedoms, suggest Napolitano. We have a government that, in its lust to have us reliant upon it, has created areas in the U.S. where innocent folks living their lives in freedom are made defenseless prey to monsters—as vulnerable as fish in a barrel. And we have mass killings of defenseless innocents—over and over and over again.

All these mass killings have the same ending: The killer stops only when he is killed. But that requires someone else with a gun to be there. Shouldn't that be sooner rather than later?

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