A liberal “philosopher” and “writer,” Justin Curmi, has posted an article in which he argues that the use of a firearm in self-defense is wrong because it deprives the attacker of “the right to a fair trial.” He adds: “… using a firearm to defend oneself is not legal because if the attacker is killed, he or she is devoid of his or her rights.”
Actually, Curmi makes many strange, poorly-written assertions in his article, including:
There is no doubt that people do have the right to carry and have a stockpile of guns (“the right of the people to keep and bear arms”) and a state has the right to organize a well-regulated Militia. But, the main issue is on the right to self-defend with a firearm. The main problem with the notion of self-defense is it imposes on justice, for everyone has the right for a fair trial. Therefore, using a firearm to defend oneself is not legal because if the attacker is killed, he or she is devoid of his or her rights.
So, people have a right to have guns and carry them, but not a right to use them in self-defense? What about the right for a person to defend themselves and their families from an attacker? We must let evil have free reign so that we don’t offend “justice?”
Curmi then throws in a few bizarre sentences regarding mental capacity, stating:
In addition, one’s mental capacity is a major factor in deciding whether a man or woman has the right to have a firearm. There are two reasons for ensuring mental capacity. First, one of the Five Aims is to ensure domestic tranquility and there can be no tranquility if one does not have the capacity. Second, if one’s brain is distorting his or her reality, they do not have the proper reasoning and deduction skills to use a firearm.
Then, Curmi states: “A gun for civilians is a weapon for a revolution and not for ordinary use. The belief that a gun is a useful tool to protect one is counterintuitive because guns get into the hands of people who use them for horrible reasons.” He ends by arguing that only the police are well-trained enough to use firearms in a time of stress.
To summarize Curmi’s argument into a more coherent list:
- Everyone has the right to carry and have guns
- Those without “mental capacity” do not have “the right to have a firearm”
- No one has a right to use a gun in self-defense
- Police can use guns, because they’re “better trained”
- Guns are only for revolution
- Guns are not useful tools, because some people might misuse them
- What use is being able to carry guns if not to use them in self-defense?
- Why can police use guns? Are they not also depriving someone of the right to a fair trail (by Curmi’s own logic)? Are they only “useful tools” in the hands of police?
- Who arbitrates whether someone has the “mental capacity” to have a firearm? If it is the government, how does this square with the assertion that “guns are only for a revolution?”