Why Gun Ownership is a Right and a Duty

Milton Friedman (1912–1986), free market economist and author who schooled Phil Donahue on national television about capitalism and the freedom of the market place, would have turned 100 years old on July 31st of this year.

Friedman’s calm demeanor, as he put the arrogant, know-it-all, and multimillionaire talk show host in his place, is a thing of beauty. If you haven’t seen it, then you are in for a real treat. It’s less than 3 minutes in length and worth every second:

The last thing Friedman says to Donahue is important as we take a look at another centennial birthday that has a great deal of significance for today’s gun control debate. August 4, 2012 marks the centennial birthday of World War II hero, Raoul Wallenberg.

Raoul Wallenberg epitomizes individual initiative, freedom and the sanctity of the individual against the all-powerful state. Comfortable in his affluent Swedish homeland, while nearly everyone was steeped [in] a culture of denial and submission, Wallenberg was alarmed and stood up fearlessly taking action during WWII when millions of Jews were being rounded up and sent to be slaughtered in the Nazi death camps.

In 1986 the NBC presented a gripping drama about Wallenberg and his attempts to save European Jews from their Nazi tormentor, Colonel Adolf Eichmann. Wallenberg’s efforts may have made the difference between life and death for nearly 120,000 Hungarian Jews.

During the course of the story, the viewer is struck by an emotional scene of Jews being loaded onto trucks for shipment to a concentration camp.

A Jewish teenager turns to a rabbi and confronts him with a seemingly unanswerable question: “How can you still believe in God after all of this?” The rabbi does not take long to respond: “How can you still believe in man?”

Friedman’s “I don’t even trust you” and the rabbi’s comment about the cruelty of man say a lot about self-defense against tyranny. Like the Germans, we say it can’t happen here.

“Today our conditions are very much like pre-war Nazi Germany when Hitler rose to power, was appointed chancellor, and started nationalizing the banks, auto industry, and healthcare and then seized absolute power. Similarly Obama took control of the auto industry, the banks and nationalized healthcare. The state now controls the schools, the press, our cultural institutions, our healthcare and large sectors of the economy. Our freedoms are being stripped away. Soon the internet will be a tool of the government and free enterprise will no longer be free.”

The next step will be to remove the last line of resistance to what could be a totalitarian surge based on some national emergency. You may recall how guns were confiscated in the aftermath of Katrina.

Gun ownership is a statement that human beings can be cruel and governments can’t be trusted.



Gary is a graduate of Western Michigan University (1973) and earned his M.Div. at Reformed Theological Seminary in 1979. He is the author of countless essays, news articles, and more than 27 book titles.

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  • tresc26

    I love Milton Friedman and Capitalism!?

  • http://www.facebook.com/rwyatthaines Raeman Haines

    An armed society is a safe and polite society . But libreals could care less , especially when it would interfear with their attempt at total domination

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Randy-Brown/100001040612639 Randy Brown

    Right? Absolutelt! Duty? That requires a lot more debate and definition. The Constitution doesn’t say you MUST own a gun, it just says if you choose to do so, you may.

  • The Big Easy

    At some point,this flea-infested flea-bagger what’ in charge in the white house now,WILL follow in the foot steps of ALL those that tried the same sort of ‘garbage’,just look at history.In most cases it was NOT very pretty for them,saddam husane, buck private kudoffee, moosaliny, hitler, etc.,etc..———-GOD WILL allow only so much DESTRUCTION on HIS creations.———Citizens of THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA,band together and ‘PRAY’,like the customers of that Co. theater,no protection (a weapon) YOUR DEAD,the same applies to the Citizens of AMERICA,no GOD and YOUR DEAD.————-Just take some time and look around,the MASSIVE amounts of PERVERSION that are DESTROYING this the ‘GREATEST COUNTRY IN THE WORLD’,from with-in,even the ‘bear’ russia,was NOT able to accomplish what these PUKES are doing now ! ! ! ! ! We have fought off every evil that is known to man,and we have always won,but now we seem to be a country of greedy-scum-sucking-lazy-mooochers,—–STEALING FROM THE RICH,( which is called the MILLIONAIRES and BILLIONAIRES that make over 250 THOUSAND DOLLARS) TO GIVE TO THE LAZZY MOOOCHERS————16 TRILLION DOLLARS and counting in debt,what kind of life will our children and grandchildren have ? ? ? ? ? One of in-SLAVEMENT to the gubermint—————–And the sad part of this,that our own gubermint IS the one DOING IT to us.——————What a bunch of PUKES————————-

  • George

    Only the liberals believe what liberals say.Somehow they see through such distorted glasses that they think we are as ignorant as they.Sag so very sad. But more that that it is so very dangerous.

  • J42ERRY

    i for one will not give up my gun or gun rights

  • buck100

    I thought this was brilliant laid out article. Thank you Mr. Demir for a well thought out and presentation of why we need to stay in the Capitlist system.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_PEU4YJIHPGSW3CFWZ5UAHPZUKU Darrell B

    The average voter is STUPID!!! And the libs know it……………as a group, blacks have sold their souls for a goverment check…..

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/OC2HNCB7QOZTKUNYDBFYE4QGUY Phillip in TX

    Friedman is short, sweet, and to the point. You have to love hearing common sense put in terms even a liberal could understand (even though most of them will ignore it).

  • JR

    The final statement from Feiedman at the very end is great!

  • Retired msg U.S.A.F.

    I live in the state of Alabama, what is the problem with me having a hand gun in my vehicle when i am pulling my camper in or out of state. i don’t have a ccp and maybe i need information on Obtaining one

  • washington

    Everyone is all partriotic about the Second Amendment, but when the united nations dictates that we Americans need to turn in our guns to obama because we can’t be trusted, will you as individuals shoot back when government thugs are kicking our doors down? Remember, the blood of our Founding Fathers and those who died for the cause of Democracy is Sacred. The blood of our government today is like watered down urine. We need to elect officials who will vote to remove the United States from the United Nations and show accountability and transparency, because they serve as public servants not dictators on payroll with perverted special interest groups trying to get every vote for a political party and their own agenda.

  • gunner48

    I have no desire to wear a little red star on my hat……Or go to prison labeled a terrrorist because I chose a Military career….I will tolerate no disrespect from any man. And have taken an oath to protect this country from all enemies foreign and domestic…..Not owning a gun in this enviorment is foolish. I want peace in my lifetime. And am moving to a more liberal state for weapons to ensure it……”When they pry it from my cold dead hand!”

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