The latest round of violence in our nation's Capitol, which claimedthe lives of two capital police officers, is a tragedy that should neverhave happened. But the image from the shoot-out that haunts me wasreported by the Seattle Times Sunday:
While the two men fired more shots at each other --one witness said there were at least eight or tenrounds -- the woman [the gunman had been chasing]scrambled frantically in the hallway from closed doorto closed door, pleading for someone to help her.Witnesses told police they heard her yelling, "Help!Help! Help!" but they were too afraid to open doors forher, sources said.
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Later, the Times reported:
Authorities charged Weston [the gunman] under afederal statute that covers cases in which federal law-enforcement officers are slain during performance oftheir official duties.
Our "leaders" can't be bothered to open their doors to a terrifiedwoman running away from a murderer. At the same time, they deemthemselves better than us: they have special laws to protect themselves.Under their "leadership," ordinary "murder" is no longer a seriousenough offense.
President Clinton's administration seems to have been plagued byviolence: Ramiz Yousef's foiled plans to fly a small, explosive-ladenplane into the CIA, random attacks by gunmen firing at the White House,Vicki and Samuel Weaver, the Branch Davidians,Vincent Foster, Ron Brown, the World Trade Center bombing, the OklahomaCity Bombing. And now Mr. Weston has attacked Congress.
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The homogeneous American media have been quick to characterize theseattacks as "anti-government" violence. I began to wonder -- does thatmake the Weavers and the Branch Davidians victims of "pro-government"violence? It certainly seems so: both challenged the government'sauthority over ever-increasing parts of their lives. And both paid withtheir lives.
Pro-government violence is not something the history-challengedAmerican media gets worked up about. They should.
Indeed, when it comes to violence, governments rank far ahead oftheir citizens in this form of self-expression. In LETHAL LAWS(published by Jews for the Preservation of Firearms Ownership, 1994),the group documents seven major genocides in this century, involving50-60 million citizens: Ottoman Turkey, the Soviet Union, Nazi Germany,China, Guatemala, Uganda and Cambodia. (It may be worth noting that inevery case, gun-control laws preceded the "genocide regime.")
Bulging at the seams with big-government, statist liberals andauthoritarian elitists, what passes for America's press simply can'tseem to comprehend why anyone would oppose more government. After all,aren't new laws the solution to every inequityencountered in life? Doesn't greater uniformity in the law (federal overstate) mean more "fairness"? Isn't the bureaucracy supposed to regulateevery aspect of our working lives, and punish us when we rebel?Shouldn't government bureaucrats determine the time and place we areborn, dispense heath care during our lifetimes, and determine when andhow we die? Isn't abortion a God-given right? How could anyone opposethe"fairness" of racial quotas that deny superior ability in favor ofnational mediocrity? Welfare not an entitlement? Who could imagine!Reform of the IRS? Well, of course -- but "innocent until provenguilty?" Let's not be extreme!
If the press won't debate these issues, then we're not going to havea debate. If we don't have a debate, society won't reach consensus.Without consensus, government can't govern. Governments that imposeconsensus at the point of a gun risk having the gun turned onthemselves. Jesus said it well: "Those who live by the sword die by thesword."