April 12th, 2013


my political thought for the day

Originally published at Faith Seeking Understanding. You can comment here or there.

My political thought of the day:

Cum catapultae proscriptae erunt tum soli prospripti catapultas habebunt.
(Roughly: When they outlaw catapults, only outlaws will have catapults.)

This was an email sig from waaaay back in the day when I still used email signatures. At the time I thought it was hilarious because who would take the idea seriously that laws didn’t impact criminals? It’s harder, more dangerous to buy something illegally than legally, and so every catapult a criminal can’t get his hands on legally meant he had to work just that much harder to acquire the catapult *il*legally. Also, if a criminal was willing to buy a catapult on the black market, surely he is willing to steal it from a law-abiding catapult buyer, so the fact that every catapult was purchased legally wouldn’t guarantee it *stayed* in the possession of a non-criminal owner.

I promise, these were my thoughts when I first encountered that quote on a list of funny Latin lines, at the ripe age of seventeen. I’d never heard of gun control at that point, but as some people are seriously making the point re: guns that the gun control legislation being discussed would only affect legal gun owners, it seemed worth revisiting.

Cum pistolium proscriptae erunt tum soli proscripti pistolium habebunt? Not buying that one.



Over at FB, I’ve gotten in the practice of doing a political or otherwise deep thought each day, just a few paragraphs on something I’ve been thinking about the day before. I’ve decided to start posting them here as well. FB users can find the first several PTOTD’s here:

  • Apr. 11: on why Noah’s Ark is a grown-up story
  • Apr. 10: on Helm’s Deep, and blaming the folks who create situations driving folks to violence (also, Helm’s Deep)
  • Apr. 9: on why the phrase “the only thing that can stop a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun” falls flat
  • Apr.8: on how to mourn famous people
  • Apr. 7: on why favoring gun control doesn’t mean you can’t rely on the police to use guns to protect you