London Mayor Sadiq Khan announced a tough crackdown on knives Sunday as the city reels from a spike in stabbings that have led its number of homicides to top New York City's for two straight months.
He tweeted: “No excuses: there is never a reason to carry a knife. Anyone who does will be caught, and they will feel the full force of the law.”
I cannot even begin to describe how terribly frustrating and horrifying I find this mentality.
Individual liberty apparently no longer exists in much of the 'modern' world. It's disturbing.
We live in a world of mixed opinions and perspectives. There are some who hold "liberty" as the highest value and others willing to compromise liberties for values that they hold even dearer, like safety or the pursuit of happiness. What you get in a world of 7.5 billion people is awfully complex because if even 1% of those 7.5B are people who are impediments to the happiness of others, that places 75 million people in that category. I completely respect your commitment to liberty -- in fact, your POV always makes me think deeper than I otherwise would -- but I always seem to end on the side of willingness to compromise liberty in the interest of what I see as greater good.
So much of this issue is dependent on one's own experiences and how one processes his/her life experiences. I have always felt a tremendous amount of "liberty" or freedom in my life. I still (after nearly 60 years) feel as though I wake up every day with the ability to make choices about how to manage my day and my life (especially on the weekends). I have felt that way throughout the experience of raising 2 daughters, a 30-year marriage, and 40 years of a career that has brought me a slightly higher than middle class life. So much of this is about perception. I see my experience as an American as being filled with liberties. And I know that others don't see it that way. So even though I remain open to the idea of limiting the sale of war-grade guns (and probably machetes and bayonets to go with the knife theme), I don't advocate for such things lightly. I am open to it -- that doesn't mean I want to do it. Just means that if a comprehensive approach to making us safer from multi-victim terror attacks is actually put forward, I'll listen and if it sounds sensible and if the compromise of liberty seems acceptable to me, I'll probably be in favor.
You and I don't always see eye to eye on things, but I respect your thought process. Most importantly, because it seems like you actually have a thought process, and don't just succumb to blind emotion like I feel too many people do. Your words are measured and thoughtful.
So I appreciate your thoughts here on this subject. But to counter, while I do place individual liberty above all else, as in my opinion without it the right to life does not even exist, I also value safety and happiness. But to be truly safe one must have the freedom to protect one's self, free from the dependence on others. And to be truly happy, again, one must be free to live their life how they see fit. But if I am not free to protect myself as I see fit, then I am not being allowed to life my life as I see fit, therefore complete happiness will never be achievable.
It is for these reasons, among others, I am just very rarely ever willing to sacrifice freedoms. And while I do realize living in a society requires compromise, I personally feel like there has already been too much compromise and erosion of freedoms in this world. Too many people desire to tell other how they should be living their lives, and what conditions they must adhere to be apart of society. I find that all a bit distressing.