"Perhaps it is too much to hope that we will respond to this shattering tragedy as well as the Israelis, who have a long history of preventing similar atrocities by encouraging their civilians to carry concealed weapons and to shoot back at criminals and terrorists. But it is in that policy of a distributed response to a distributed threat, with every single citizen taking personal responsibility for the defense of life and freedom, that our best hope for preventing recurrences of today's mass murders almost certainly lies."
Well, ESR is still the voice for all gun carrying libertarian Open Source coders. I like ESR, so I am upset to say I disagree in some way with virtually every sentence in this essay. Its uninformed, biased, and holds no value.
He is always biased, but usually fairly informed and tends to make observations with some degree of value. The man is credited with starting the Open Source Uber Alles phenom after all.
In short, don't count on holding this one in the same reguard as such fine essays like "Collateral Damage: Reflections on Timothy McVeigh", "Why I am am Anarchist", or the legendary "Ethics from the Barrel of a Gun".
He has gone soft!
Although I do still fully support his "Geeks with Guns" program. Now if I can only get my tongue out of my damn cheek I would be ok. I want to be ok. Ok is good. We should all be ok.. That would be good.
Decentralism Against Terrorism