Yes, the first casualty of revolution is irony. Then all revolutions go on to eat their children.
The first thing we notice about Americans is that they are deaf to irony.
And the second thing is that the American revolution went on to eat its children in their Civil War.
And the startling thing is that the so called war of Independence and the Civil war were entirely unnecessary, for we gained our independence from Britain and united a whole Continent without killing anyone.
But American propaganda valourizes the treacherous revolution of 1776 and goes on to valourize one of the most bloody civil wars in history.
But worse America uses all the power of hollywood to get us to accept their propaganda.
It's bad enough that the Americans believe their own propaganda but they expect us to believe it too.
They feed it to us with our mother's milk. It's hard for us to recognize, let alone disbelieve.
“There are two novels that can change a bookish fourteen-year old’s life: The Lord of the Rings and Atlas Shrugged. One is a childish fantasy that often engenders a lifelong obsession with its unbelievable heroes, leading to an emotionally stunted, socially crippled adulthood, unable to deal with the real world. The other, of course, involves orcs.” ~ John Rogers
That's what I'm trying to get across here. An armed citizen goes from a soft target to a hard target, i.e. deterent is increased.
What I was trying to get across with the brackets, was that the common culprits for calculated attacks (gangs, crazies etcetera) are careful enough that having a gun won't help. Definitely not help as much as running away as fast as you can will, and then getting the necessary help.
Calculated implies determined, determined implies that they'll attack you when you are vulnerable. Everyone is vulnerable at some point on a daily basis.
Again, only a very small minority of murders, rapes and assaults are calculated, excluding gang crime. They are usually spur of the moment, with little (rational) thought as to the consequences.
Originally Posted by Edgar
Also, I disagree with your statement that rapes, robberies, etc are not calculated crimes.
Calculated rapes almost always target vulnerable people (drunk, unconscious, alone), or most commonly drug them.
I won't continue this any more, but I just wanted to point out I never said robberies aren't usually calculated, they are. Saudi Arabia was the closest I can get to evidence that they aren't deterred, and like I said, it's not very reliable.
Originally Posted by Edgar
You missed my point. I was talking about individual rights. Sometimes individual rights run counter to the "utility of society."
Utility of the individual too, as society is a collection of individuals. By Utility I mean quality of life and productiveness.
I can't really debate against "it's an individual's right", though. Too arbitrary.