I am not a fan of strict gun laws. To the contrary, I would drastically reduce the restrictions on firearms, up to and including allowing felons to carry heat after they have fully repaid their debt to the victim… assuming they have not committed a capital crime,1 and so are still in the world of the living after paying their debt.
All that being said, I LOVE the consistent enforcement on the law, regardless of person, wealth, or status.
Naturally, this means that I have to turn to a pagan nation’s rigorous enforcement of an unjust law for a decent model of impartial justice, instead of any Christian state enforcing a just law.
(This is so pathetic.
And if I – a not-too-bright sinner – think this is a most loathsome Christian failure at an incredibly basic level, can you imagine what God feels?)
Perry Lee · Former Liberal, now recovered.
“According to the National Rifle Association, a country without guns should be a crime-ridden hellhole, a place unsafe to live in and work in. So why is Japan not the crime- ridden hell hole?”
People will say it is because Japan has very strict gun laws (they do). But that is not the reason the Japanese do not use guns. Chicago and New Jersey have very strict gun laws as well, and their crime and homicide rates are very high. The true difference is that the Japanese enforce their gun laws without exception! The penalties for using a handgun or semiautomatic weapon are so harsh that the Yakuza, the Japanese version of organized crime, stays away from them. Using a gun in the commission of a crime will get you three years to life without exception. There is no plea bargaining. Even the police are under strict scrutiny. An officer that committed suicide while on duty was posthumously charged with a crime. An officer who is issued 24 rounds for range time had better turn in 24 casings when he is done or there will be Hell to pay. If you, as a hunter own a rifle and need ammunition, you too have to turn in the box of spent cartridges that you bought previously before you can purchase more.
The process of getting cleared to own a gun is so long and complex that it is cheaper -and easier- for the Japanese who want to go to the range to go to a range in Hawaii for a little fun-gun time, and Hawaiian gun ranges cater to them.
The takeaway for me in this story is the futility of comparing cultures and gun control. Japan has strict laws, low numbers of guns, and little gun crime. Switzerland has a very high number of guns per capita, and low gun crime. As soon as you bring different cultures into the gun dialogue, you are comparing apples and oranges.
I am rather confident that the American police will never be held to the same legal standard as the mundanes.2 At least, not before they – and many, many other arms of the State – are radically defunded by the Great Default.
In contrast, the Japanese hold the police to the same standard as everyone else. The Japanese police are not some kind of above-the-law Master Class of that island nation. Instead, it’s “One Race, One People, One Law.”3
For just as the body is one and has many members, and all the members of the body, though many, are one body, so it is with Christ. For in one Spirit we were all baptized into one body—Jews or Greeks, slaves or free—and all were made to drink of one Spirit.
For the body does not consist of one member but of many. If the foot should say, “Because I am not a hand, I do not belong to the body,” that would not make it any less a part of the body. And if the ear should say, “Because I am not an eye, I do not belong to the body,” that would not make it any less a part of the body. If the whole body were an eye, where would be the sense of hearing? If the whole body were an ear, where would be the sense of smell? But as it is, God arranged the members in the body, each one of them, as he chose. If all were a single member, where would the body be? As it is, there are many parts, yet one body.
The eye cannot say to the hand, “I have no need of you,” nor again the head to the feet, “I have no need of you.” On the contrary, the parts of the body that seem to be weaker are indispensable, and on those parts of the body that we think less honorable we bestow the greater honor, and our unpresentable parts are treated with greater modesty, which our more presentable parts do not require. But God has so composed the body, giving greater honor to the part that lacked it, that there may be no division in the body, but that the members may have the same care for one another. If one member suffers, all suffer together; if one member is honored, all rejoice together.
Now you are the body of Christ and individually members of it.I Corinthians 12:12-27, English Standard Version
I wish all Bible-believing Christians also believed that they were all of the same body, and were willing to cooperate and work with each other.
But they don’t: at least, not since the Reformation and the Thirty Year’s War. Faked-up Darwinian divisions, dividing humanity to superior and inferior breeds, didn’t help heal Christian divisions either.
Nor will the current “occupation army” model of policing actually reduce crime.
Conservatives want way too much law and police empowerment in the service of cultural norms that are none of the state’s damn business in the first place; and progressives confuse the often brutal and unjust over-reach of law enforcement agencies as a manifestation of racism, when it is actually just policing expectorations in behalf of inappropriate missions such as the enforcement of drug laws.
Indeed, the main trouble in America today is not overt racism or even simmering racial animosity. The real evil is the relentless aggrandizement of state power in the form of the Nanny State—a conflation of too many laws, crimes, cops, arrests and thereby opportunities for frictions between the state and its citizenry and for abuse by the gendarmes vested with legal use of violence.David Stockman, Triumph Of The Woke Mob Led By Two Doddering Old Fools
as quoted by Gary North, in How to Reduce Crime, Reduce Taxes, and Increase Liberty
There is a good chance that this can change over the next two, three centuries, with the decline of the state (and Darwinism!) and the ongoing great decentralization of everything. It will be easier for Christians to look out for other Christians, and easier to reduce the significance3 of ethnicity and language and territory, in favour of truth, law, justice and compassion for the weaker brothers and sisters.
And the faster Conservative Christians FINALLY dump Nixon’s Drug War on Blacks and Antiwar groups, the better.4
But first, we Christians have to stop running away to hide in our ghettos, and drop our laughable fantasies of escaping reality via some Rapture or other, Real Soon Now. We have to take responsibility for expanding the Kingdom of God, in this world, at this time.
You know, like Jesus commanded us to.
1What? Did you say that the felon kidnapped, raped, and/or murdered the victim? Well, the proper place for the criminal is not in jail, but six feet under. After a just trial and prompt, lawful execution.
It’s God who sets the standard of justice, not (self-serving) powerful men. And a good thing too!
2Granted, the police are (marginally) not as legally untouchable as they used to be. There’s still a long way to go, though.
The first thing to note is that this sort of behavior is exactly what we should expect from a government monopoly with agents who have no skin in the game and have no market incentives to provide quality service at a reasonable price. When it’s politically convenient, police departments claim to serve and protect, but when it comes time to provide actual quality service, they’ll change their tune and insist that they are under no legal obligation to protect anyone. This is how police personnel get away with cowering behind their cars during school shootings. It’s why police spend an outsized amount of their time on harmless soft targets like suburban kids growing pot—but who are actually growing tomatoes. It’s why the police have time to go harass children with overdue library books. Departments are set up to reward officers who focus on petty crimes while more serious crimes are ignored. In many cities, only a tiny percentage of police resources go toward murder investigations. Indeed, police are remarkably inefficient at finding and arresting violent criminals.
Ideally, real reform would reduce the monopoly powers and legal protections afforded to police departments. This means removing qualified immunity for police officers and abolishing police unions.
True reform means ending the war on drugs. It means reducing police encounters with private citizens over small-time, petty infractions. It means redefining many “crimes” as matters to be dealt with in the civil courts. True reform means focusing police resources on serious violent crime and real theft (i.e., not a $13 nontheft at Walmart).
In the case of Karen Garner, there was absolutely no need to make an arrest. In a more reasonable world, at most Garner would have received a citation for her alleged attempt at petty theft. She could have been hauled up before a judge by Walmart, although it’s unclear what Walmart would sue her for since she didn’t actually steal anything.The Problem with “Just Do What the Cops Say and You Won’t Get Hurt”
3Reduce the significance… but not render null and void. There are no families in eternity, but there ARE nations and tribes!
Also: if a given plot of land belongs to tribe X – say, the way the island of Honshu belongs to the Japanese – it still belongs to them. Sure, you can buy your own plot there…IF they allow you to. But if they say no, then you don’t get to buy what they don’t put up for sale.
Even if they are a bunch of pagans, their stuff is still their stuff. Not yours.
“There is only one law.”
No matter what the Marxists, or the Fascists, or the Racists, or anyone else says.
4If I were a betting man, I would put real money that this will happen only after the solid majority of “Conservative American Christians” are of a radically darker hue than they are today. That day is coming… but I’d rather not wait that long. The right thing should be done today, by the Christians who are alive today, be they white, black, or brown.
And if that means that White Conservative Christians reap the electoral (and legal, and financial, and safety) rewards of finally dumping Nixon and his racist and illegal war, then so be it.
No more massive drug profits
(and the newfound ability to go to the courts to resolve financial disputes!)
=> no more huge piles of money to kill over
=> far less crime and danger for the public
=> no more police idolatry.