According to Rudolph Joseph Rummel, in the 20th century alone, bad governments have killed an estimated 262 MILLION civilians. That is, shockingly, 6 times more than soldiers, in ALL pre 21st century wars, COMBINED. So they killed more mostly unarmed or lightly armed civilians in 100 years than military personnel in tens of thousands. Government may be a good thing for a large, technologically advanced society. But everything they give can be taken back. Thus, this is why I believe we need at least some form of hard "tyranny insurance" that could be used if all else fails.
There's quite a few examples today that the U.N. & modern communications is not enough. Look at the Rwandan genocide. Look at the genocide going in Darfur & the violence in Gaza right now. The drone attacks Pakistan & other parts of the middle east being part of the fuel for terrorism.
Look at the very government the United States is living under right now, which is already brought out by corporations, foreign lobbies & international banks: the "Patriot" act, giving law enforcement the ability to search a home or business without the owner's consent or knowledge & access to business, library & financial records. National Defense Authorization act gives the military the ability to arrest, kill &/or hold literally ANYONE with NO trial & COMPLETE IMPUNITY. The CIA has conducted mind control experiments, where the CIA has conducted what it exactly sounds like. The Guatemala syphilis experiment & Tuskegee syphilis experiments, which you can do research on yourself, where in the former, people often took part involuntarily, & in the latter, people were lied to. Oakville, Washington clear blobs, a probable government experiment. The Department of Homeland Security was buying about 1.6 billion buckshot shells & hollow point bullets, which are too expensive for training, but good for fighting, & the latter is restricted for use in war, but perfectly legal for use on civilians, & besides, the DHS only works domestically. In the past, the U.S. government has, at best, negligently, & at worst, intentionally killed its own civilians, like in the Ruby Ridge & Waco sieges, & has knowingly killed civilians, like in the drone strikes going on for years. Nothing is a conspiracy.
Tell me what the United Nations is doing about all of this. Show me where in school's history books is this highlighted in. TELL MEE!!! Now how much trust do you have in them now to do anything real? NO! Lookup an article called "The United Nations Exposed: Who Is In Control?" to see who's really in control of the UN. Again, hardly an unbacked conspiracy.
There are historically & factually accurate examples of letting the fox guard the henhouse (or having politicians being told to not mistreat their people & have no one other than themselves or people who are controlled by them enforce the rules). We should NOT solely rely on laws & the legal system: you can read up on how, on paper, people living in places such as the Soviet Union & communist China might've had rights on paper, but not in practice. This is what I mean by letting the fox guard the henhouse: how are we sure that they're not going to break the rules? And how are we sure that if they do break the rules, they get a sufficient consequence?
For example, let's say that the controllers of Place X wish to implement rules to restrict people from possessing functional weapons. To do this, they must must hire an enforcement arm (military, law enforcement, etc), WITH WEAPONS, to control others from having weapons. Someone must be armed: is is extremely unlikely to virtually impossible that everyone will be unarmed.
"Concerning 'nonviolence' - it is criminal to teach people not to defend themselves, when they are the victims of constant brutal attacks."
"I don't even call it violence when it's in self defense; I call it intelligence."
"Non Violence is okay as long as it works."
"If you have a dog, I must have a dog. If you have a rifle, I must have a rifle. If you have a club, I must have a club. This is equality." - Malcolm X.
“The supposed quietude of a good man allures the ruffian; while on the other hand, arms, like laws, discourage and keep the invader and the plunderer in awe, and preserve order in the world as well as property. The same balance would be preserved were all the world destitute of arms, for all would be alike; but since some will not, others dare not lay them aside…Horrid mischief would ensue were one half the world deprived of the use of them…” - Thomas Paine.
“Freedom is never voluntarily given by the oppressor; it must be demanded by the oppressed.” - Martin Luther King.
"Legitimate use of violence can only be that which is required in self-defense." - Ron Paul.
“Political power grows out of the barrel of a gun.” - Mao Zedong.
“A system of licensing and registration is the perfect device to deny gun ownership to the bourgeoisie.” — Vladimir Ilyich Lenin.
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If more guns equals more deaths, then why is the U.S. #1 in guns per capita yet is actually does NOT even make it into the top 115 countries for homicide rate. Violence also varies. For example, Detroit, Michigan has a rather lengthy process to legally obtain functioning firearms (according to an article called "Gun Control Facts: Detroit Crime Rate is the Result Of Gun Control") & has a homicide rate so high that it would surpass El Salvador. However, there are places such as Chandler, Arizona that have light weapon laws & a low homicide rate.
I’ll also mention Northern Ireland. While sure, the U.S.A. has gang violence, social authoritarians & religious rivalries, the U.S.A. virtually never has armed religious warfare.
But in Northern Ireland, despite a smaller population to cause trouble & less landmass to hide in, there has been open ARMED religious conflict between Catholics & Protestants, with tension lasting to this day, & virtually every law enforcement agent is armed with firearms, unlike the most of the U.K. which has dedicated Authorized Firearms Officers & Advanced Firearms Officers (the latter of which are the equivalent of SWAT).
I would attribute the root of Northern Ireland’s violence being their culture, which affects politics. Unlike the U.S., which is founded on religious liberty & relatively heavy individualism, Northern Ireland’s conflict between Catholics & Protestants dates back centuries, & it seems like that there are a number of people who won’t let go of hard feelings, & worse, believe that it’s okay to hurt others for being too different.
As for violence in the U.S.A., much of it stems from the War on Drugs, in which gangs fight for control of territory & drug supplies, & the police state prioritizes fighting the Drug war over fighting real crime, especially with private-prison lobbying & criminalizing victim-less crimes.
Other sources of violence the heavy taxation, lack of economic freedom & overall corruption in some cities, which makes it hard to make an honest living, the government Prussian-style schooling system teaching & conditioning in obedience instead of critical thinking or life skills, single parent households, overindulgence on welfare (as explained in Ryan Dawson's video “Looting why some places and not others answers”), & either the failure to properly discipline children or the abuse or neglect of them.
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