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Offline excheck

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The Gun Is Civilization.
« on: February 15, 2012, 08:38:54 PM »
    As the Supreme Court heard arguments for and against the Chicago gun ban, this Marine offered a letter 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....

    "The Gun Is Civilization" by Maj. L. Caudill USMC (Ret)

    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 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.

    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.

Carrying a gun also gives us the power to protect and defend our fellow citizens from human predators, which has the effect of reducing violent crime, which in turn contributes to a civilized society.

 

 
*  To be sure of hitting the target, shoot first and call whatever you hit the target.

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Re: The Gun Is Civilization.
« Reply #1 on: February 15, 2012, 08:52:12 PM »
Here! Here!  Very well said!!!  8)

 

"Easy is the path to wisdom for those not blinded by ego." - Yoda

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« Reply #2 on: February 15, 2012, 09:30:35 PM »
I've always liked that. It was originally written by Marko Kloos on his blog the Munchkin Wrangler.

http://munchkinwrangler.wordpress.com/2007/03/23/why-the-gun-is-civilization/

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« Reply #3 on: February 15, 2012, 10:27:49 PM »
It made sense the first time I read and it makes sense now

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« Reply #4 on: February 15, 2012, 10:52:57 PM »
Whomever the author that is powerful.
Mike

I am awake.

The only people who should feel threatened by armed citizens are tyrants and criminals.

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« Reply #5 on: February 16, 2012, 01:03:04 AM »
     Well written.
"It does not take a majority to prevail. But rather, an irate, tireless minority, keen on setting brushfires of freedom in the minds of men."
-Sam Adams

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« Reply #6 on: February 16, 2012, 12:46:47 PM »
Well written, well spoken.  This refrain needs to continue at every opportunity and venue possible.  Progressive liberalism (as opposed to classical liberalism) operates at the point of a government gun and requires an unarmed populace to succeed.

MC in rural SC

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« Reply #7 on: February 16, 2012, 12:49:58 PM »
yes. very well written and it makes perfect sense.  if only some idiotic politicians in my country could understand basic English.
guns don't kill people. NINJAS kill people.

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« Reply #8 on: February 17, 2012, 09:34:05 AM »
That sentiment is not limited to your country, my friend.

MC in rural SC

 

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