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Monday, December 17, 2012

Outlaw All Guns!

We live in a gun society, which makes us less free, less safe, and less human. If I had my way, I would outlaw all guns and gun ownership. We don't need them, really...none of us needs them.

Firmin DeBrabander...associate professor of philosophy at the Maryland Institute College of Art:

Our gun culture promotes a fatal slide into extreme individualism. It fosters a society of atomistic individuals, isolated before power — and one another — and in the aftermath of shootings such as at Newtown, paralyzed with fear. That is not freedom, but quite its opposite. And as the Occupy movement makes clear, also the demonstrators that precipitated regime change in Egypt and Myanmar last year, assembled masses don’t require guns to exercise and secure their freedom, and wield world-changing political force. Arendt and Foucault reveal that power does not lie in armed individuals, but in assembly — and everything conducive to that.

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