I chanced upon this today. As an author, I deal in ideas, hopefully original insights, so I am always fascinated, and perhaps a little frustrated, to see people proclaiming ideas about which I’d written long ago. It interesting that Peter Robinson of Richocet.com was most impressed by Bill McGurn’s insight relating to evil and guns. Here’s a bit of what he wrote:
From Bill McGurn’s latest column in the Wall Street Journal [linked here via Real Clear Politics], a truly brilliant insight:
Put simply, today’s liberalism cannot deal with the reality of evil. So liberals inveigh against the instruments the evil use rather than the evil that motivates them….
[T]he urge to blame the weapon has deep liberal roots. It was particularly pronounced in the latter years of the Cold War when Ronald Reagan was president. [skip]
Guns. They’re what liberals talk about so they don’t have to talk about evil.
That’s a fine insight indeed, but I got there first, particularly dealing with evil and the moral use of firearms, on October 27, 2014, writing at Bearing Arms. Here’s an excerpt:
YOU MAY NOT BELIEVE that evil exists or that it can possibly interrupt your life, but to paraphrase an aphorism attributed to many, you may not be interested in evil, but evil is interested in you. As a student of history, as a veteran of nearly 20 years of service in police work, I have no doubt that evil exists and that any one of us may meet it, in human form, at any time as I so often have. Had I been unaware of its existence or unwilling to acknowledge it, I would not have survived. Hundreds of the wounded, maimed and dead with who I have been involved would attest, if they could, to that reality. They would also attest to the fact that good intentions, a life lived virtuously and “enlightened” social consciousness are not proof against evil, but serve only to encourage its propagation. [skip]
Ask any experienced police officer if evil exists, but not if you really don’t want to hear the answer.
I addressed it again, very specifically, and on the same topic, on June 28, 2015 here at SMM, on the occasional of a multiple murder of innocents at a church. Another excerpt:
What more will have to deny is the very existence of evil. The killer may simply have been evil. Whether one believes Satan to be the author of evil, or merely believes evil to be a moral choice made by human beings absent supernatural influence is essentially irrelevant. Far too many have to deny its existence at all costs because if it exists, there is nothing we can do to prevent such attacks, even in churches, perhaps particularly in churches. What greater deranged victory for the forces of evil than killing those worshiping God in his house? For those pushing the disarmament of the law-abiding, acknowledging the existence of evil renders all of their policies useless.”
I don’t, for a moment, imagine that I am the only person that has ever thought about this topic. Where human beings are involved, very little is truly original. But darn it, been there, done this, and quite awhile ago. I guess this post is my attempt to belatedly get the t-shirt.
Oh, and just for the fun of it, here’s a related post on the non-falsifiability of progressive orthodoxy. You may find all of the articles worth a few minutes of your time.