KEEPING AND BEARING ARMS….A QUESTION….A couple of days ago Glenn Reynolds said this:
The wrongfulness in the World War Two internments, after all, wasn’t that they happened, but that they were unjustified. Had significant numbers of American citizens of Japanese descent actually been working for the enemy, the internments would have been a regrettable necessity rather than an outrageous injustice.
But Glenn misses the real problem: those Japanese-Americans didn’t have enough guns. Maybe if they had been armed they would have fought back instead of meekly shuffling off to the camps! That would have taught us all a salutary lesson against tyrannical and unjustified government action, wouldn’t it? FDR would have backed down, the panic would have passed, and we wouldn’t have this blot on our history.
Maybe the pro-gun folks have a point after all….
POSTSCRIPT: On a (slightly) more serious note, everyone should keep in mind that back in 1942 there was plenty of apparent evidence that the Japanese were using Issei and Nisei as spies in America. There always is, and it’s only in hindsight that we realize we’ve overreacted. We fail to learn from history when we convince ourselves that past dangers were somehow less real ? and our reaction therefore less justified ? than today’s dangers.