Drone Strikes in the US?
NBC reported that the US has made the case for drone strikes on American citizens.
The one aspect of this story that stands out is this part containing a quote from White House counter-terrorism adviser John Brennan:
Brennan was the first administration official to publicly acknowledge drone strikes in a speech last year, calling them “consistent with the inherent right of self-defense.”
Just to clarify our Government’s position on the application of the concept of “self-defense”:
- The right is inherent to the government to use lethal force as a preemptive strike against it’s citizens.
- Self-defense does not apparently include stopping potential threats from entering the US via the Mexican border by sufficiently enforcing current laws or closing the border altogether.
- The White House believes the government has the right to use deadly weapons to defend itself, while at the same time advocating much stricter gun control laws. Laws that, should be noted, only really affect the law abiding (i.e. those that wish to defend themselves.)
So to sum up, 2nd Amendment supporters are mocked for believing that they would ever need their guns to defend against tyranny. The question no one seems to ask is, 100 years from now, who will be in the White House with their finger on the drone trigger?
And that’s the purpose of the 2nd Amendment.