The terrorist attack in Orlando was horrible. Omar Mateen and ISIS are monsters who have no sense of the value of life. We should not rely on government power to save us and abandon what makes America great.
What makes America great is our ability to look out for ourselves and foster close ties with our neighbors through voluntary cooperation and exchange.
Already, presidential candidates and political figures of all stripes resume the usual talking points: the left is calling for tighter gun laws and the right demands that we “take the gloves off” and do everything and anything to take ISIS down.
Neither of these tactics will work. Abandoning the rule of law by giving the government more power to restrict personal freedoms and expand surveillance will not make us safer.
Allowing the government to restrict the second amendment will not stop terrorists. Tighter gun laws will only hurt law abiding citizens. Terrorists already have no regard for the law. No matter what laws are in place, someone looking to do harm will find a way to do it.
The Second Amendment protects our right to self defense. While we can count on law enforcement to protect us, they cannot be everywhere and in a situation where every second counts, the police are minutes away. We must be able to look after ourselves.
Mass surveillance is already conducted in the U.S. We’re told it’s to keep us safe. Yet the people running the programs are just as human as everyone else. They make mistakes and cannot watch every little detail all the time.
What’s even worse is the potential for the abuse of power. There are so many ways that mass surveillance can be abused.
Our right to due process is trampled when mass surveillance allows illegally obtained evidence. Our freedom of speech and expression are strangled because we become afraid to say the wrong thing.