Lies and conceits of gun control
by Bruce N. Mills
The basic, default condition in a free society must, of course, be “freedom.” “Freedom” is the ability of individuals to conduct their lives, and exercise their rights, as they see fit, without let or hindrance from the State or others. The proper role of the State is to maximize the level of “freedom” for its citizens.
“Crime” occurs when one person contravenes the rights of someone else, thus causing them “harm;” laws that establish and proscribe punishments for these kinds of acts are malum in se laws – acts that are bad because they are inherently bad. Laws that restrict or deny the free exercise of your rights are inherently bad; these laws are malum prohibitum laws – acts that are bad because the State says they are bad.