Why Marxists Should Oppose Gun Control

I don’t view gun rights as a Republican versus Democrat issue. Instead I view gun rights as an issue that transcends political parties all together. Expanding the ranks of gun rights activists is the only way we’ll be able to stop advocates of gun control from achieving their desires. Although I’m an individualist anarchist, which is a philosophy that doesn’t mix well with Marxism, I will gladly work with Marxists in the fight for gun rights. In fact Marxists have just as much skin in the gun rights game as anybody else:

Second, I am not a ‘gun-nut’, a member of the NRA, or even remotely conservative. I do not believe that guns have mystical qualities or that they grant the owner access to abstract conceptions of honor, courage, or bravery. Guns are only tools of death. A tool I would not want to be monopolized by the capitalist state.

The above statement easily summarizes my entire position. A position founded upon a recognition of class war and the extent of that struggle. To base the protection of gun ownership on a principle of ownership is to set your foundation in erosion. These lofty abstractions are meaningless; especially when they do nothing to challenge the material existence of the status quo. Talking aimlessly about natural rights of gun ownership only reaffirms the poverty of ethics. At most such abstractions are petty bourgeois talking-points with no sense of direction, and thus can be of no service to a revolutionary.By allowing the bourgeois state to monopolize the ownership of these tools, we only hurt the working class. The liberation of the working class must be our utmost priority, for without it, a truly ethical system is unreachable and humanity will forever be subjugated. It is for this reason, not for a love of guns, that Marx writes:

“… the workers must be armed and organized. The whole proletariat must be armed at once with muskets, rifles, cannon and ammunition… Under no pretext should arms and ammunition be surrendered; any attempt to disarm the workers must be frustrated, by force if necessary. ” – Karl Marx, Address of the Central Committee to the Communist League

Most gun owners would find Marxists to be strange bedfellows indeed. It may seem odd that may political ideologies supporting gun rights would have any common ground with Marxists. Generally supporters of gun rights are libertarians, classical liberals, constitutionalists, and followers of other more individualistic philosophies. Truth be told that Marxism, being a revolutionary philosophy, requires that the people be armed. Marxists should be just an embroiled in the fight for gun rights as libertarians are. I know that many gun rights activists hold a great deal of animosity towards Marxists but we should all be willing to put aside our differences when a common goal exists.

I’m quite willing to work together with Marxists, Democrats, Republicans, social anarchists, and anybody else who want to stand against those trying to disarm the people.