There are two general kinds of arguments in the libertarian tradition; “natural-rights-based” arguments and “utility” or statistical arguments. While libertarians will generally have both arguments on their side, in the case of gun ownership it is imperative that we not be too quick to source statistics alone in the absence of taking a firm stance on individual liberty.
If, for example, gun control laws were found to reduce crime by 5% (which is not the case), would that be any consolation to a woman who had just been gang-raped, like the teenage girl in India? Should individuals lose the right to defend themselves in order to prop up a collectivized statistic? The fact is that it is impossible to tell just how many acts of violence could have been prevented if not for the already-widespread chilling effect of municipal and statewide gun bans on gun ownership and concealed-carry.
Should Hillary Clinton be selected by the New World Order banking interests as the next puppet-in-chief, we can assuredly expect to see renewed interest in militant feminism across America. Perhaps not coincidentally Facebook COO and longtime Hillary supporter Sheryl Sandberg has launched the latest Politically-Correct PR stunt: #BanBossy.
The message of the #BanBossy campaign is, in a nutshell, that girls are disproportionately discouraged from taking on leadership roles because they were called cruel names like “bossy” when they were children. “By middle school, girls are less interested in leadership than boys,” so claims the slickly-produced video meme:
The facts, however, belie the cult-victim status that women and girls have claimed for themselves. According to Christina Hoff-Sommers, author of meticulously sourced books like The War Against Boys and Who Stole Feminism, “Women in the United States now earn 62 percent of associate’s degrees, 57 percent of bachelor’s degrees, 60 percent of master’s degrees, and 52 percent of doctorates.” (Source: The Atlantic, 2013)