Do You Need a Gun?
They Came for the Guns
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.
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