Do You Need a Gun?

They Came for the Guns

Critical Thinking

Gun haters keep asking the question, “Why do you need guns?”

They throw around statistics. The most compelling statistic is the one that shows that the overwhelming majority of police go their entire careers without shooting anyone. This only proves that the police are doing an outstanding job. It is their job to lock up criminals and America has 2.4 million criminals locked up right now. Tell the police it's their job to shoot criminals, maybe they'll shoot 2.4 million criminals.

This doubt about whether or not private citizens need guns comes mostly from confused Europeans and high-dollar ruling elites in America, all dumbfounded about why little ‘ol me might want to keep a lethal weapon in my home. “What for?” they ask. “Don’t you think that’s dangerous?” they ask.

I say, “I’m mature enough to handle that responsibility, thank you very much.”

Then some gun lovers toss around statistics and begin describing all sorts of hypothetical scenarios, get wrapped up in the task of explaining the importance of firearms for self-defense in the same tone generally used to tell a toddler to pee in a potty.

But there is something more. The character of the individual, the character of the American spirit in general.

When travelling abroad it is possible to pick out the one or two Americans awash in a sea of foreigners. It’s not race or creed or even manner of dress that gives it away. Americans have a confident manner, a serious look, a sense of purpose. Foreigners have a somewhat goofy, sort of blank countenance, and less squared shoulders, eyes downcast, a less rigid posture in general.

I believe this comes from the skills Americans develop in their teen years. Americans learn to drive while in high school, and they drive quite a bit. It’s an essential skill, necessary to get around, in America. In Europe, by contrast, driving a passenger car is a luxury, a hobby, something of a sport reserved for the upper middle classes. Also, it’s a skill Europeans learn later in life, generally after the age of twenty. Europeans who drive don’t drive as much. A single tank of gas can take them across their geographically small country and back again. They simply don’t have as far to go.

Europeans are dumbfounded by why Americans need Sport Utility Vehicles. We shrug and say, “Whatever.” We the People need rugged, reliable vehicles capable of cross-country travel, large enough to carry the whole family plus a week’s worth of supplies. Because of severe weather and natural disasters and just because, that’s why. While Europeans take the bus to the grocery store and buy their food one armload at a time, Americans need vehicles that can haul a month’s worth of food in one trip. Because Momma and Dadda both got jobs and have better things to do with their weekends than grocery shop, that’s why.

The incessant entertainment industry campaign against SUVs finally fell silent after Hurricane Katrina. Even the most dense unmarried European apartment dweller could see the advantage of having an SUV when Nature is coming to destroy and wreak havoc upon a city.

However, the need for deadly weapons for personal defense somehow got lost. The need for elderly people living in their own home to defend themselves from home invasion by a handful of teenagers, the need for the individual to shoot stray animals when the weather allows a breakout at the local zoo, the sense of personal value that an individual has when that individual believes their own safety is worth killing for, that’s it.

That’s it right there. All kinds of gizmos and brain scanners have seen the difference in the minds of those who learned to use firearms from those who haven’t. It’s something I’ve known from basic observation of people over the years. I didn’t need any high-tech equipment to show me and I’m happy that the brain scan results agree with my observations.

The brain scan of someone who learned to maintain and operate firearms before the age of twenty five shows a higher level of maturity than the mind of someone who hasn’t. Shooters have more developed critical thinking skills and can be more independent and self-reliant. Learning to operate a motor vehicle also develops the mind in that same manner. A person who can shoot and drive has a more mature mind, is more independent.

Now that the scientific community has reached these conclusions, it’s interesting to see which political groups now want Americans to ride busses and have no guns. Interesting, because they’ve finally cracked the code of how to turn Americans into Sheep, how to make Americans more like Europeans. Take away their guns and their cars, that’s how.

Gun haters ain’t getting my vote.

Indiana Jones

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RachaelLefler 3 years ago from Illinois

So what you're saying is, you need a gun to be courageous. That's kind of pathetic, if you ask me.


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RachaelLefler 3 years ago from Illinois

That comment was directed at the picture's message, btw.


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Jack Burton 3 years ago from The Midwest

Actually, he didn't say that, Rachael, but your willingness to jump in and hurl baseless accusations is pretty indicative of the a major reason why gun owners just don't trust people such as you.

The "pathetic" person is the one who has to troll because they have nothing of value to add to the conversation.


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Josak 3 years ago from variable

Note that it's "speak out" not "shoot out" there is no need for a gun to be able to speak.


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Jed Fisher 3 years ago from Oklahoma Author


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Neall 3 years ago from Philadelphia

Jed: On this day after hell came to Oklahoma I very much hope you and yours are okay.

I would be very interested in seeing the study that was the source of your quote, "The brain scan of someone who learned to maintain and operate firearms before the age of twenty five shows a higher level of maturity than the mind of someone who hasn’t. Shooters have more developed critical thinking skills and can be more independent and self-reliant." Is it possible you could post the link to that study?

Thank you.


Mike 3 years ago

@Jed

Good article.

@Rachael

"So what you're saying is, you need a gun to be courageous. That's kind of pathetic, if you ask me."

I'm guessing your daily life in Illinois is a little different than life here in rural Texas just outside of San Antonio. Almost everyone out here has firearms and they are sometimes used. The large rattlesnake I shot outside my backdoor last week didn't seem to want to talk things out. He was coiled up and standing his ground. I'm lucky I saw him before my dog did.

Thankfully we do not have the types of crimes out here sometimes seen in San Antonio. People are much more polite to one another and simply wouldn't tolerate it. It certainly isn't due to a lower rate of firearm ownership. The liberals' attempts to go after guns are merely feel-good measures that allow them to not have to focus on the real problems.


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The Frog Prince 3 years ago from Arlington, TX

Great read. I understand, having actually bothered to study history, why the founders of this nation placed the Second Amendment into the Bill of Rights and it has nothing to do with hunting and very little to do defending your family. The part about defending yourself and your family comes into play concerning defending this nation and the freedoms we enjoy against a tyrannical central government,

Keep things in context as your rant away from one point or another but the bottom line is that the Second Amendment is there to help defend the First Amendment.

The Frog


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lilyfly 3 years ago from Wasilla, Alaska

Actually Jed, I'm going to disagree with you on foreigners, because France, when people protest, things bloody change, and they have more rights than us betimes.

I need a gun for the hungry bears that roam the land that used to be mine.

Umm, Paul Adams cried for guns when we seceded from Britain, and when the other 13 colonies saw bloodshed, he finally saw them.


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RachaelLefler 3 years ago from Illinois

I can see the need for a simple rifle for wildlife, since I live in a small farming community that sees coyotes and wolves on occasion and cows, sheep, and goats must be protected from them. But the original picture was talking about political courage, and the fact that the person thinks they can't speak up about their beliefs to their fellow human beings without brandishing some kind of lethal weapon. Yes I find that concept absurd. Our democratic system is in place to ensure freedom of speech for everyone, it's the whole basis of the 1st amendment. The kind of person who is so afraid of people that they can't speak about their beliefs without a gun is a coward.


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Jack Burton 3 years ago from The Midwest

Rachael sez: I can see the need for a simple rifle for wildlife

Jack replies: Fortunately for us it is the Bill of Rights, not the Bill of What Rachael Thinks People Need.

Rachael sez: But the original picture was talking about political courage, and the fact that the person thinks they can't speak up about their beliefs to their fellow human beings without brandishing some kind of lethal weapon.

Jack replies: There is a vast difference between "speaking up" and "effectively speaking up." When the government is "coming for" then a mere voiced complaint of "stop that or I'll say stop that again" is not necessarily sufficient.

RAchael sez: Our democratic system is in place to ensure freedom of speech for everyone

Jack replies: And the idea is about what happens when that "democratic system" breaks down. Do you deny that can ever happen? Ever? Forever?

Rachael sez: it's the whole basis of the 1st amendment.

Jack replies: And just what would ~you~ do if a Dick Cheney type of president, with solid Tea Party majorities in Congress decides that the 1st Amendment doesn't quite fit his idea of what the c ountry needs. Or the 4th. The 5th. And all the other pesky ones. You going to guarantee that will never, ever, not once in the next 10,000 years, going to happen?

Tell us what you would do about the situation? Be specific. Give detail.

Rachael sez: The kind of person who is so afraid of people that they can't speak about their beliefs without a gun is a coward.

Jack replies: It's good to know that our Founding FAthers were all a bunch of cowards.


John Van Stry 3 years ago

Great post Jed.


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Alberic O 3 years ago from Any Clime, Any Place

Prior to the Civil War, the easiest way to suppress blacks was the following:

1. Disarm all slaves (pretty much most blacks).

2. Making it illegal for slaves to read and write.

A gun will not make a person courageous. It is simply a tool. If you are not familiar with the tool, you are useless with it- no amount of macho, BS courage would save you. I've trained people on when to draw out weapons and using it to bluff is not one of them. A gun is no more than an extension of the body use to counter a deadly threat. Wildlife is not the issue here. The issue is other people and/or organizations intending on using violence to get something from you.

In a real attack, no one gives a damn who 'acted more courageous.' They only remember the one that walked away or lived.


CalebSparks 3 years ago

Concise and well-said, Jed. Following the patterns and practices of Europe would NOT be in our best interest.

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