“Despotism despises nothing so much as righteousness in its victims” – Gregory David Roberts
Statements by well meaning gun owners are often made in the form of “I wouldn’t hesitate to use violence“, or, “violence can solve problems“.
When I hear them, I cringe.
In class I ask students: “Who here, if called upon, could be violent.” And, of course, using the old psychology trick, I raise my own hand while asking. This causes the peer pressure effect of agreement to kick in, and all hands go up. I then say (with a smile), “Well, then, none of you can be my friends, as I won’t have violent people in my life.“
I go on to explain that within the etymology of language the word violence is related and rooted to the words violate and violation, meaning: “a sinful act“. Using violence against another is a violation of that person’s natural rights. Violation, by definition, is illegal. In fact, when we consult Bouvier’s Law Dictionary (Webster’s will not be what the court cares about) the definition of violence is:
The abuse of force