Here’s a news clip about “dozens” of people attending an “anti-violence” rally in some city somewhere – I wasn’t paying that much attention. Note the lady in the Obama hat…
Readers will immediately recognize that “self defense is not an option” is not a new philosophical stance. There have always been small numbers of religious people who disavow violence of any type, even in self defense.
I don’t understand that belief, but I have no problem accepting their privilege to believe it, and to practice it. By all means, remain unarmed and helpless if that’s what lifts your skirt. And if you really, truly don’t want me bringing violence to your defense, I’ll try to restrain myself.
The difference between those people and people like the lady above is that the religious folks I’ve met mostly aren’t trying to impose anything on me. When they say, “Self defense is not an option,” they mean it’s not an option for them. They don’t expect their views to have any effect on my actions, because their conscience is not my conscience. I respect that. I don’t agree, but they don’t need me to agree.
Obama-Hat Lady isn’t preaching that. She’s pushing a law that would make self defense “not an option” for anybody – unless they break the law, in which case they’ll have reason to be more afraid of the government than of freelance aggressors. How does adding another layer of aggressors help anybody? I doubt she thinks about it in those terms. I doubt she thinks about it at all.