Friday, August 19, 2016

Resolution: Right to Self-Defense and to Firearms

WHEREAS, Libertarians affirm that self-defense is an inherent and unalienable human right; and

WHEREAS, the Platforms of the National Libertarian Party (LNC) and the Libertarian Party of New Mexico oppose all laws at any level of government restricting, registering, or monitoring the ownership, manufacture, or transfer of firearms or ammunition; and

WHEREAS, the Platforms of the LNC and the Libertarian Party of New Mexico affirm the right of due process, and deny the legitimacy of “victimless crimes”; and

WHEREAS, the government has steadily encroached upon these rights by illegitimately regulating and restricting access for firearms and ammunition, and may further seek to deprive people, who have been convicted of no crime, of their inherent right to full self-defense by denying their civil and inherent rights to obtain firearms and ammunition; therefore

BE IT RESOLVED that the Libertarian Party of New Mexico opposes any policy which would deny access to any firearms or ammunition to any person solely for being placed on any government watch or no-fly list, and reaffirms its call to repeal and oppose any existing or proposed firearm and ammunition regulations.

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ojschubel said...

So I am confused. The Libertarian party is saying it is ok for a 12 year old child to have a full automatic weapon? Or someone with severe mental illness that is violent?

Sherry Heim said...

I believe that the resolution says that nobody can be denied due process. That no one, government or anyone else, can arbitrarily decide to deny constitutional rights without due process. Full-auto weapons have been illegal for many years, by the way. Who gets to decide who should go on some list that will in turn deny a constitutional right? Suspicion is not the same as guilt. We as citizens are innocent until proven guilty. Does putting them on that list follow due process of law? I believe that is what I am reading in this resolution but please correct me if I am wrong. The way things are at this point citizens are being denied due process which is unconstitutional and that does not agree with the principles of the Libertarian Party.

Allen Cogbill said...

Sherry, full-auto firearms are most definitely not illegal, except in some totalitarian states (e.g., California or Illinois). Legal ownership requires paying F Troop a $200 transfer tax and undergoing a background check (with fingerprints).

Elisheva H Levin said...

Let's talk some reality here. No matter how many laws the feds make, "children" and "violent" people can get their hands on guns. All kinds of guns. Thus, Chicago, Illinois, with some of the most draconian gun laws in the world is also one of the most violent cities in the world. Last weekend, it had a record number of shootings. Most of the victims had cooperated with Chicagoland's Victim Disarmament policies.
More laws won't change that. Armed citizens will. The statistics are clear on that.

And if more laws won't stop children misusing guns, what will? Parents. Educated parents who teach their children how to handle guns. Guns are simply a tool. Just as we teach our kids how to use power tools safely, so we teach them how to use guns.

Finally, stop using people with mental illness as your scapegoat. Most murders are carried out by perfectly sane people who choose evil. People with mental illness are less likely than the general population to attack someone else and murder them. They are more likely to be harmed by people who have no mental illness.

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