I have been saying things like this for about as long as I have been weblogging, but, as usual, throw a pretty girl into the equation and the comments suddenly become that much more attention-grabbing… At any rate, Oleg Volk wins today’s first quote of the day by way of the afore-linked graphic, quoted below:
Collective Responsibility is a Totalitarian concept.
I will not be held responsible for misdeeds committed by people who look like me, or with guns like mine, nor for any actions by other people.
I am responsible only for my own actions.
And that is, as they say, that.
I am not a parent. I am not in the military any more. I am not responsible for any other person’s actions, I will not be held accountable for those actions, and I will not be punished for those actions. Period. One person’s misuse of an inanimate tool does not give you the right to abridge my individual rights any more than a stranger murdering another stranger gives someone else the ability to put you in jail. Those who would punish millions of law-abiding American citizens (and, yes, “gun control” is a form of punishment, just like taxes are) due to the actions of a remarkably few criminals are employing the same specious “logic” and flawed arguments as those favored by the Soviets of old, who “ensured” a town’s compliance and productivity by taking “insurance” hostages and killing them should anyone in the city try to fight back.
As usual, the anti-rights cultists invariably seem to find the best of people to associate themselves with…
The other half of today’s quote of the day belongs to Tam for her response to Oleg’s post:
Rights belong to individuals, not groups: Just because all the other kids jump off the bridge, it doesn’t mean you can push me off, too.
“Collective rights” are a sham, and “collective responsibility” is a farce. Anyone who relies on either to make their points is voluntarily exposing the weak and flawed nature of their arguments.