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Carrying a firearm dissuades violence

The following letter to the editor appeared in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution 1/22/13. It makes a logical argument supporting being armed.

Carrying a firearm dissuades violence

Liberals make discussions of violence into an issue regarding “gun control.” Unfortunately, violence is a part of the human condition.

Humans deal with each other by either persuasion or force. Ideally, people would interact only through persuasion, and force would not be acceptable.

This ideal has never been achieved. The only way to remove force from the equation is with a personal firearm. Without guns involved, the physically superior always dominates personal interactions.

The gun is as lethal in the hands of an octogenarian as it is in the hands of a linebacker. A handgun means that I cannot be forced, only persuaded. A gun doesn’t mean I am afraid; it means I can be unafraid. It is no threat to those who would persuade me with reason — only to those who would do so by force. It removes force from the equation, and that’s why carrying a gun is a civilized act.