The Dongola Times

(Anachronistic) Dispatches from the Kingdom of Makuria.
16th of June, 2014

Mass-Arming

The Iraqis noticed that standing armies are shit, and that they need to withstand an Islamist invader.
http://rt.com/news/166156-sunni-iraq-tal-afar/
Suddenly they are effeverscently in favour of guns!
It all points to the further militarisation of Iraqi society. On Sunday the National Security Council hosted a press conference. One of the messages caught my ear: "If you have weapons at home, please bring them to the recruitment centre, there we will register you."
http://blogs.aljazeera.com/blog/middle-east/iraq-if-you-have-guns-bring-them

As I said long ago, there is no danger to the society in every man being armed. To invaders, yes, there is danger. To one-another, generally, there is no danger. You can see that no society hesitates to mass-arm against foreign invaders, but they never mass-arm against the state or general crime. The excuse is “What if everybody shoots everybody?” Well, what if they don’t?