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Let's talk guns

From my blog:

Let's talk guns.
Guns, assault weapons, semi-auto firearms and large magazines are all in the news lately after another mass shooting by some psycho. And of course all the usual haters are out in force demanding new bans and increased restrictions. So let's get right down to the heart of this controversy.
First, What does a gun represent? The answer is FREEDOM!! Yep, a gun = freedom. You think I am nuts? You think I am stupid for saying that? Well let me explain. Every person born onto this earth has inherent rights; the right to life, liberty and property. And all those rights are dependent on the ability one has to defend them. Self-Defense requires action. It isn't and can't be passive, as long as there are people who are evil, in this world. Who are evil people, you ask? The answer is simple; People who want to hurt you, control you and steal your stuff. And history is clear that those kinds of people have always existed.
So the question is how does one best defend ones life, liberty and property from the evil people who want to take them away?
Many people who believe in the myth of authority would say government by force is the answer (government by force? ? Is there any other kind?). Those people believe that other people will protect them better than they ever could. They believe laws, cops and armies will keep them safe. So how many people have been murdered by government in the last century? Well over 100 million! Hasn't worked so well has it?
A truly responsible person will realize that their safety is their own responsibility and then figure out how to best safeguard it. What tool or precautions should one employ? Here's an idea; Let's look at what government uses to do that? This might be surprising. They use guns. Yep, they use guns. Those horrible, evil inanimate objects known as assault weapons and semi-automatic firearms. Those evil, metal monsters, they don't want the commoners to have, but which they then buy and employ by the millions.
WHY DO THEY USE GUNS to defend themselves and their interests? The answer is quite simple, actually. There is no other tool on the planet more ideally suited to self-defense than a gun. So if it is good for them why wouldn't it also be good for you? Do you think the people in your government who rule over you are smarter than you? More compassionate then you? Do they have higher morals than you do? Are they more honest than you? Do they care more about you and your friends and family than you? Do they care more about your property than you? Hardly.
So, if you trust them with millions of assault weapons and semi-auto firearms with large magazines, why don't they trust you also? Ever thought of that?
Your benevolent masters are surrounded by guns, all employed daily, to protect them and their property. They chose guns as the best tools for the job. Why wouldn't you do the same? Why don't they want you to?
If they really believe guns are the problem let them give up all their guns first and set the example. Isn't that what leaders do? Lead by example? Lets see some leadership on this issue.

More on this here:http://righttoreason.blogspot.com/

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ConstitutionHugger's picture

My post on FB for my liberal SF friends:

It seems that pro-gun/ 2nd Amendment people are portrayed as crazy or dumb hicks in the media. Has a group of people in the past ever been unfairly portrayed as villains or ignorant? Do you consider yourself a good person who isn’t a racist and wouldn’t judge a whole class of people based on a stereotype?

Then remember that people who wish to protect the 2nd Amendment are your fellow Americans and should not be dismissed. Keep in mind that this isn’t the first guaranteed right that the government threatens. Currently, Americans are searched and spied on without warrants, can be indefinitely detained and even executed without a trial. Our rights are being revoked by the congress.

While we are not usually in a situation where we need a fair trial, millions of American gun owners are affected in a very tangible way by government bans and confiscations. Maybe that’s why only the 2nd Amendment seems to get any uproar from the people. I personally think the other Constitutional rights are vitally important, too.

Instead of accepting the media’s version of the crazy gun owner, why not challenge your prejudices and consider the possibility that the guy in the John Deer hat is right? The people of this country need to stand together and demand that congress stop revoking our rights- even if guns aren't your thing.

Rights are inherent!

No rights come from a piece of paper. But if you believe in paper you will live and die by it. Nobody has a right to rule me no matter what organization they hail from.
But because people believe they must be ruled they are ruled.
If you believe in paper somebody else will use that paper against you.

Your belief in them gives them their power.

Screw the constitution. It is a trap which creates the force which is used to rule, rob and control you.

And there is this:

Sent to me some time ago and it just plain makes sense.
Why guns are civilized:

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 years old retiree on equal footing with a 19-year old gang-banger, and a single guy on equal footing with a carload of drunk 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 an [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.

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I love my country
I am appalled by my government

You are completely right!

I like your common sense.

and as a corollary

the more firepower one has the more they can secure their freedom