Danny Devito is short, but who cares, he is a talented man, and funny. But, a recent comment by Devito inspired this post. Devito, commenting on “gun violence” said this
No, the It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia star is more gracious than that, and certainly more efficient. Here’s DeVito’s Twitter solution to horrific headlines like those out of Newtown, Conn. late last year:
“….Violence begets violence…” How can we expect anything else… Aim to Disarm
Ah, the argument that screams PACIFISM! Violence only begets violence after all right? Wrong! Violence is neither inherently good nor bad. A rapist assaulting a woman is an example of brutal violence. A man, shooting the rapist is also violent. But in that case the violence is not only justified, but it should be lauded and celebrated. Now, on first blush you might say that celebrating shooting anyone, even a rapist is a bit much. But consider that that rapist will NEVER harm another woman, or anyone else. That rapist will never cause any more harm or pain will he? Is that NOT something to celebrate?, Is a team of U.S. Marines or special forces taking out a group of terrorists not reason for jubilation? Certainly those terrorists were evil, they hunted children, innocents, and now they will do that no more.
Now, of course, to a pacifist, such logic would seem crude. After all, a pacifist sees all violence equally. A man is raping your wife, you respond by cracking his head with a baseball bat. To a pacifist you are just as bad as the rapist. That is, moral retardation at it’s worst. In fact, I can think of no better words to describe pacifism. A pacifist would say that if you respond to a violent criminal with violence you have “sunk” to the criminals level. Hogwash! If you were to NOT defend yourself, or another, then THAT is as bad as what the criminal is doing. Think of it. In acting as a pacifist, you not only allow a rape, or assault, to happen, you allow the criminal to d it again. Rather than being the “high road” pacifism is the moral low road.
The other problem with Devito’s longing for disarmament is this. A disarmed society has no recourse. The right of self-defense is surrendered at that point. Citizens would become totally reliant on the government for protection, and, at that point, all our rights are in mortal peril. when Benjamin Franklin famously said “Those who would give up essential liberty to purchase a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety” he was offering up wisdom to men like Devito. To Devito, giving up your human right of self-defense is OK if it comes with a promise of safety. Yet, history has shown that nations where people ceded their right to gun ownership received no security, only ultimate slavery, suffering, and totalitarianism.
The wisdom of Franklin though, is lost on Devito. Where Franklin could see results before they came, Devito refuses to see what history ensures us will happen.