Carrying a Gun Is a Civilized Act

Submitted by Bill St. Clair on Sat, 09 Jun 2007 13:48:38 GMT  <== RKBA ==> 

Militan Libertarian - the unknown author of this essay carries a gun because it removes force from the equation should someone he encounters want to convince him to do something.

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 gay 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.

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The original: Why the Gun is

Submitted by jed on Tue, 19 Jun 2007 02:47:01 GMT