April 20, 2013

Gun control. A movement of boring old white people...

Howard Nemerov, Governor Christie Wants More Gun Control. Admits 'bad people' aren't bothered by laws.

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie announced his intention to expand his state's gun control laws. But there's some flaws to his logic.
Christie acknowledges there is no way to prevent all violence in our society, but he says it is the job of government to question, to scrutinize and to demand more in an attempt to address the problem.
Christie believes the government has the right to "demand more" from law-abiding citizens, but acknowledges it can't do the same to criminals. This is standard gun control fare. One of the main features of gun control is making it harder for the law-abiding to defend themselves, while making it easier for violent predators to succeed.
The plan calls for expanding New Jersey's already strict gun control laws, expanding government-funded mental health treatment, making it more difficult for kids buy or rent violent video games, requiring that would-be gun owners show government-issued IDs and bolstering penalties for gun-related crimes.

Well, strike him off the list of possible Republican candidates. One had imagined him as a Blue State governor breaking out of the self-destructive thinking of the Blue Model. But no, every problem is a nail that needs the hammer of bigger government.

And yet the recent slaughters have been full of evidence of government ineptitude and inability to prevent or deal with a crisis. Boston ends a massive and futile lock-down, and thus a citizen can leave his house and find the perp. What will the lesson be? "We need more government. And more laws." So stupid. So Twentieth-Century. It won't even occur to most people that what we should be doing is shrinking government and putting that money into creating smarter networks for pooling the unimaginable amounts of potential that millions of ordinary people can generate.

Observe these pictures of the two recent papal elections. Try to imagine the amount of data being generated in the second picture! And imagine that some assassin is known to be in that crowd. Is there any top-down big-government way to collect and process terabytes of data in real-time, in time to act? Impossible. What you would need is crowd-sourcing. Let millions of people look at little pieces of the data, perhaps passing anything interesting on to ten-thousand higher-ranked searchers, who could pass the best possibilities to the police network.

St Peter's Square 2005 and 2013. Proliferation of phone-cameras

Look at the picture below. I bet most people would see strong effective government. But in fact it's a picture of Industrial Age cluelessness. Armored vehicles to hunt a teenage kid? How utterly stupid. All useless. All a waste. This is a picture of weakness. In 4th generation warfare, firepower is useless without information. (Which in this case came from an ordinary citizen once the cops gave up.) And once you do have information, only a smidgeon of firepower is usually necessary. If you know what house Jihadi Joe is in, one smart bomb is all you need.

Armoured cops boston

Our Army has been shrinking its weapons in recent years. Inventing new artillery pieces, for instance, that fire much smaller shells. Or bombs filled with concrete, to smash a single car without injuring bystanders. The Army is at least to some extant working in Information Age patterns. At the same time our civilian governments have been doubling down on the dysfunctional ideas of the Industrial Age! Madness and folly.

Posted by John Weidner at April 20, 2013 10:38 AM
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