Gun Rights “Men desire the same thing,...endeavour to destroy, or subdue one another....”

Thomas Hobbes’ negative view on human nature shows that he would be against citizens obtaining firearms. He believed all humans were evil and should have limited rights and the government should be huge and have a great deal of power over the citizens lives. Hobbes writes in the Leviathan:

Hereby it is manifest, that during the time men live without common power to keep them all in awe, they are in that condition which is called warre; and such a warre, as if of every man, against every man....

Hobbes is saying that every man needs a “common power” to rule them and keep them all in order and that without a ruler and a lot of regulations the society would not function properly and there would be lots of crime and people would not know what they should do. Hobbes is just trying to pleasantly say that humans are too incompetent to run a society. Later, to persuade people that humans are evil and can not be trusted, he wrote:

...If there be no power erected, or not great enough for our security; every man will and may lawfully rely on his own strength and art, for caution against all other men....

Overall, Hobbes would oppose the idea of average citizens having firearms because he believes all humans are evil by nature and the government should not trust average citizens with guns.


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