Evil 1 2012/07/10 10:48:40
As the Supreme Court heard arguments for and against the Chicago, IL Gun
Ban, this man offered you another stellar example of a letter (written by a
Marine), that places the proper perspective on what a gun means to a
civilized society. Interesting take and one you don't hear much. Read this
eloquent and profound letter and pay close attention to the last paragraph
of the letter...

Human beings only have two ways to deal with one another: reason and force.
If you want me to do something for you, you have a choice of either
convincing me via argument, or force me to do your bidding under threat of
force. Every human interaction falls into one of those two categories,
without exception. Reason or force, that's it. In a truly moral and
civilized society, people exclusively interact through persuasion. Force
has no place as a valid method of social interaction and the only thing that
removes force from the menu is the personal firearm, as paradoxical as it
may sound to some.

When I carry a gun, you cannot deal with me by force. You have to use
reason and try to persuade me, because I have a way to negate your threat or
employment of force. The gun is the only personal weapon that puts a
100-pound woman on equal footing with a 220-pound mugger, a 75-year old
retiree on equal footing with a 19-year old gang banger, and a single guy on
equal footing with a carload of drunken guys with baseball bats. The gun
removes the disparity in physical strength, size, or numbers between a
potential attacker and a defender.

There are plenty of people who consider the gun as the source of bad force
equations. These are the people who think that we'd be more civilized if
all guns were removed from society, because a firearm makes it easier for a
[armed] mugger to do his job. That, of course, is only true if the mugger's
potential victims are mostly disarmed either by choice or by legislative
fiat -- it has no validity when most of a mugger's potential marks are
armed. People who argue for the banning of arms ask for automatic rule by
the young, the strong, and the many, and that's the exact opposite of a
civilized society. A mugger, even an armed one, can only make a successful
living in a society where the state has granted him a force monopoly.

Then there's the argument that the gun makes confrontations lethal that
otherwise would only result in injury. This argument is fallacious in
several ways. Without guns involved, confrontations are won by the
physically superior party inflicting overwhelming injury on the loser.

People who think that fists, bats, sticks, or stones don't constitute lethal
force, watch too much TV, where people take beatings and come out of it with
a bloody lip at worst. The fact that the gun makes lethal force easier
works solely in favor of the weaker defender, not the stronger attacker. If
both are armed, the field is level. The gun is the only weapon that's as
lethal in the hands of an octogenarian as it is in the hands of a weight
lifter. It simply wouldn't work as well as a force equalizer if it wasn't
both lethal and easily employable.

When I carry a gun, I don't do so because I am looking for a fight, but
because I'm looking to be left alone. The gun at my side means that I
cannot be forced, only persuaded. I don't carry it because I'm afraid, but
because it enables me to be unafraid. It doesn't limit the actions of those
who would interact with me through reason, only the actions of those who
would do so by force. It removes force from the equation... And that's why
carrying a gun is a civilized act.

By Maj. L. Caudill, USMC (Ret.)

So, the greatest civilization is one where all citizens are equally armed
and can only be persuaded, never forced.
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  • TheCouchF*cker 2012/07/10 22:49:11
    I agree, but the only real argument necessary is that firearms are inanimate objects like any other and do not form thoughts or allegiances. It's a property issue as well as a defense issue.
  • MichaelJ 2012/07/10 12:30:32
    An excellent, clear argument that I can agree with.

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