Dunblane Massacre Resource Page

Letter to the Home Secretary

For what I think is "the way" see, Gun Law for the 21st Century. http://dvc.org.uk/dunblane/gunlaw.html

Michael Howard
House of Commons
London, SW1A 0AA

Dear Mr. Howard,

I listened with dismay but no surprise to your recent speech about changes to Britain's "gun control" laws. You made various errors of fact and indulged in all kinds of logical non-sequitur. Most worrying, however, is what your speech and the legislation reveals about the beliefs of all political parties. What your speech, and the current legislative climate in the country reveals, is that politicians of all stripes espouse the Marxist doctrine of material determinism. You are attributing to objects the misdeeds of men. Socialism is predicated upon the weakness of the individual and the way in which his actions are determined by his material surroundings. The British tradition used to be founded on the notion of the individual's strength and independence of decision. You can't have it both ways. Marxism has long held sway in psychology, as I noted to my disgust when I read psychology as an undergraduate. It is also precisely why psychology has proved of so little value as a science in practical fact: the tenets of much of modern psychology, particularly "social science," are based on political dogma, wishful thinking, and creative interpretation of selected facts rather than science and appear likely to remain so.

It is clear that in the British constitutional tradition, if I as a citizen have no right to the possession and use of weapons in self defence, then neither indeed do the Police nor the Army. I should be pleased therefore to hear your proposals as to the immediate disarmament of the Police and Armed Forces of this country.

Following this particular rejection of your party's political principles, I look forward to further social democratic measures designed to ensure that the individual conforms to the correct belief systems.

Yours faithfully,

John Pate <johnny@dvc.org.uk>

Posted: 1996