Wednesday, July 04, 2007

Self-defense and whatnot

I've written on this topic before, but people always seem to come back to a few misconceptions about carrying a gun.

A gun is not a power trip. In fact, it is generally quite the opposite. Buying a gun is admitting that you can't defend yourself with your bare hands. I have a friend who briefly owned a USP, but got rid of it because he prefers swords. He is not a guy I'd ever want to get in a fistfight with, but that's not really going to do him much good if he were in a situation in which he needed a gun. After all, most criminals won't drop their gun to even the odds. This friend, though, has always felt tough enough to take on the world, so I'm not really going to convince him otherwise.

The police will not and cannot protect you. They cannot be everywhere, and the odds of them being around when you are in a self-defense situation are ridiculously low. It is selfish to rely on others for your protection. We have a self-centered society full of people who believe they deserve special treatment. Well, everyone can't have 24-hour police protection, so get over it and figure out how you're going to provide for your own survival.

The problem isn't that gun owners won't compromise. We've compromised our rights away. We allowed special taxes on certain guns. We allowed permit requirements. We allowed machine gun bans. We allowed background checks. We allowed waiting periods. We allowed our rights to be limited to the point that those who would see law-abiding citizens disarmed can envision their goal within their lifetime. We have so many restrictions that gun law is second only to tax law in its complexity. And the gungrabbers still call us unreasonable. They still demand we compromise. I'll compromise: rather than getting rid of all gun laws immediately, I am willing to meet you halfway--we'll start by getting rid of only half the gun laws. Of course, the question of which half is difficult, so gun owners will remove one, then the antis will remove one, and the process will continue in this fashion until half are gone. Of course, this sort of compromise is not what the antis want, but it's far closer than getting rid of all gun laws.

This ranting has probably gone on long enough. Happy Independence Day, everyone. Try to remember what it means.

1 comment:

Hammer said...

I'm with you 100% on this one.