Monday, January 20, 2014

The essence of Libertarianism in a single story

This story of a home invasion in Dover makes an important Libertarian point:

Three men armed with baseball bats and handguns forced their way into a Dover-area home early today, assaulted four residents and ran off with an undisclosed amount of cash, police said. 
The incident occurred about 2:15 a.m. at a home in the 200 block of N. Wilson Drive in the DuPont Manor community where troopers were sent to investigate a home invasion robbery, Master Cpl. Gary Fournier said. 
The home was occupied at the time by six men ranging in age from 19 to 47, and a 19-year-old woman. 
The masked bandits broke into the home and demanded money from the seven occupants, who turned over an unknown amount of cash, Fournier said.
Then the assailants assaulted four of the residents.
Some of the people reading this will be thinking, "If only the people in that house had been armed."

Others will be thinking, "Thank God the people in that house weren't armed; they'd probably have gotten themselves killed."

It's not my job--either as an individual or a legislator--to tell you which reaction is correct.

The right to choose to defend a home with a firearm or not to do so belongs to the people who live there.

That's the essence of Libertarianism.

What?  Which would I choose?  You'd, uh, have to invade my home to find out.


Anonymous said...

sound like a bang bang decision.

Arthur said...

Hmmmmm, 6 men residing in one house, ages 19-47. "Undisclosed" amount of cash. Nothing suspicious here.