Monday, June 15, 2009

You can't stop the signal; but you can't use it to kill the men shooting at you either.

I've been reading the Twitter #iranelection tag, and felt compelled to look up some information that I was surprisingly unable to find. I wanted to know if private firearm ownership was allowed in Iran. I was unable to find this information, but suspect it is not allowed.

Sticks and stones may break bones but tweets will never hurt Ahmadinejad.

I think we need to revisit a truth as old as man.
"Violence, naked force, has settled more issues in history than has any other factor, and the contrary opinion is wishful thinking at its worst. Nations and peoples who forget this basic truth have always paid for it with their lives and freedoms."
~Robert A. Heinlein from Starship Troopers

And to drive the point home more solidly, a quote from V for Vendetta.
"What will happen if all those people show up?"

"The same thing that always happens when people without guns go up against people with guns."

Lets keep things in perspective here folks.

These people don't have the luxury of our political system, or a constitution protecting the rights endowed upon them by their creator.

When they speak ill of their leaders, they are gunned down. When they are outed for being homosexual, they are executed. When a woman fails to wear a headwrap, she is stoned to death.

This is despotism.

This is not the United States of America under George Bush.

This is REAL tyranny, Mister and Missus BushHitler.

More specifically...

This is a country without a second amendment.

Therefore, this is a country who's people would have difficulty affecting regime change.


Anonymous said...

Not from the most reliable of sources but nope, private ownership is strictly forbidden. There are some caveats for tribesmen but these are more to be understood and NOT a part of the STRICTLY FORBIDDEN wording of the law.
Iranian Gun

google => iranian gun laws C-;p-8

davidwhitewolf said...

I saw one tweet that said the basij were using hunting rifles in their assault on the dorms. Unconfirmed, of course, but it would tie in with the "militia" being armed, and the people not.

OTOH, big-game hunting has a very very long history in Iran, so perhaps outside the big cities private arms are more common.