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Thursday, April 03, 2008

Why Have a Gun (Part III)

As written earlier, there are pros & cons to having a gun. Let's now look at the reasons for having one, IMNSHO.

First, an opening "shot." Merely possessing a weapon does not mean you have the skill to use properly and safely. The skill is in you or it isn't. If not, get trained by a competant, certified instructor. The training you pay for may save your life or the life of a loved one!

Pros (in no particular order):

  • Responsibility for our personal security rests solely in our hands! Don't let anyone BS you into believing the police exist to protect your rear-end. Their function is to protect the public, investigate crime (after it is reported, when it is just simply too late to do the victim any good!) and try to apprehend the perpetrators of past crimes. They attempt to respond to crimes in-progress, but what is the victim supposed to do when the police are only minutes away and the assailant is about to strike? Bend over and kiss "it" goodbye?

    Can you afford to hire armed security for your personal protection? If you can, Great! Now, for the rest of us, what do we do?

    Studies show that firearms are used more than 2 million times a year for personal protection and that the mere presence of a firearm, without firing a shot, prevents crime in many situations.
  • A gun increases my odds of surviving a life-or-death fight with another person or an animal. Could some attacks be stopped by the victim or someone else using a gun? Yes! The fact that average citizens are not armed, by their own choice, ignorance or oppression of government, means that there are no defenses, or less effective defenses, against an assault. "If we can just save one . . . "

  • A gun is an additional tool, an inanimite object, in my "tool belt" that allows me the ability to resist an overpowering assailant. In my situation, a determined "normal sized" 12 year old could overpower me.

    Posession of a weapon must be in addition to the not-so-common "common" sense, situational awareness, eyesight, hearing and ability to steer clear of "bad" areas. Of course, it is not always my decision to declare a given area "bad" or "safe."

  • Only a gun can equalize the disparity of force between a 100-lb female and a 250-lb attacker. Kung fu is great if you know it. Hapkido is great if your joints will allow you to move fast enough. Running for your life is great if your lungs/heart will let you. I think you can get the idea.

    None of us are in as good a shape as we want to think we are. Well, yes, you may be the exception, but I know when I was younger and "fit" I still could not run very far (or fast) due to asthma. Now, my heart complains before my lungs can even think about inhaling. :>)

    As TJ once said:
    "A strong body makes the mind strong. As to the species of exercises, I advise the gun. While this gives moderate exercise to the body, it gives boldness, enterprise, and independence to the mind. Games played with the ball and others of that nature, are too violent for the body and stamp no character on the mind. Let your gun therefore be the constant companion of your walks."

    Encyclopedia of T. Jefferson, 318, Foley, Ed., reissued
  • A gun is fun shoot! If you don't believe me, get some one to take you out to the range and let you shoot some of their guns. Get them to teach you firearm safety and then get them to show you how to one. Make sure they know you are a novice, that way they can start you off with a light recoiling firearm such as a .22 LR. A .22 LR has almost no felt recoil.

    You, or your friend or the range, will need to provide both hearing and eye protection for the trip. Hey! You wear a seat-belt, don't you? :>)

    Millions of us have learned to shoot with a .22. I know I did at the tender age of 10 or 12. It was a youth-sized .22 single-shot bolt-action rifle with iron sights. Wonderful! They're both fun and practical.

    Punching holes in paper (target shooting) is a skill enjoyed by many and truly mastered by few. I know I am not such a "master." hehe Hunting squirrel and rabit will convince you, very quickly, that firearms require skill beyond that most people currently possess. Most of us can learn to shoot, but most of us choose not to.

  • Our society's current emphasis on "security" cameras is showing the limits of the technology.
    1) Is there any one watching me in case I am assaulted? Have you ever been in a security department? Well, I have and about half the time NO ONE was watching the monitors.
    2) I'd rather have the ability to stop an assault in progress than only be able to be a "good witness." Of course, that assumes the assailant chooses to allow me to continue breathing and provide witness to his/her criminal act! :>)

That's it for now. Post your comments and rhubarbs below. Flame-retardent under ON! ;>)

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