Wednesday, May 23, 2007

On Guns...

If you don't already know, I am a fervent advocate of the Second Amendment of the Bill of Rights. You know, the one that recognizes your and my right to protect ourselves. Or, alternatively, for those on the left with a statist bent, the ONLY amendment in the Bill of Rights which does NOT apply to The People, but to the state.
I say recognize, not grant. The Constitution does not grant rights to The People; it recognizes that The People have inalienable rights.
Anyway, we can get into Constitutional discussions later; what I want to talk about right now is:

WhyI own a gun.

I'm not an especially loquacious person; I tend to throw out the gist of my thoughts in a few sentences tops, so this won't be a particularly long post (though it might be for me).

A man buys a car. A responsible man buys a car and insures it. "Good job", we say; "he's protecting his investment and insuring his ability to pay out if he incurs any damage."

A responsible homeowner buys insurance for his house and everything in it. "Good job", we say; "he's protecting his accumulated wealth in case of fire, or other disaster".

A responsible parent buys life insurance. "Good job", we say; "he's providing for his family if anything unfortunate happens to him".

In all these cases, you expect a responsible person to insure themselves; to do otherwise would be foolish and costly. We buy these forms of insurance hoping, praying that we'll never have to use them, but covering ourselves if in fact, the worst does happen. And you know what? Sometimes it does.

I enjoy collecting, using and maintaining firearms, but at the end of the day, what they are to me is insurance, just like I mentioned above.

Let's call it "Life And Liberty" Insurance, for lack of a better phrase.
I'm insuring myself and my family against that awful possibility that some scumbag might kick in my door and try to harm my wife and kids. I'm insuring that my country stays free and unoppressed by brutal dictators, the likes of which we see in plenty of places around the world, even in today's "enlightened" times.
I have these forms of insurance, just like the ones above, hoping and praying that I never have to use them.

Do people call me responsible for having this kind of insurance?
Some do; others, not so much...
Too often one hears the words "Survivalist", "Wild-eyed paranoid" or "Right-wing extremist".
Too often I hear that I'm "some sort of vigilante nutcase just waiting for the opportunity to blow some perp away".
I'm sure some do, just like some would like to collect the fire insurance on their failed business. I don't believe that they are the majority, however.
I no more want to have to kill someone than I want to see my house burn down or my car smashed up, but I insure myself against that eventuality all the same.
In my opinion, it is being responsible. Because I am responsible for the lives of myself and my family. No-one else is; not the State, not the Federal Govt, not the cops; ME.


Fathairybastard said...

Well said my man. I have the carry permit, but I don't primarily buy guns for security. For me it's just that I love them and want to own as many as I can. I think they're cool as hell, and can't imagine why anyone born and raised in this nation, influenced by the same movies and TV that I've been influenced by, wouldn't want to buy a truck load of them too. Life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness, right? Well, this is how I pursue happiness. Other people apparently do it by trying to fuck up other peoples happiness, deciding how other people should be able to pursue happiness. To hell with them.

Kevin said...

Oh, don't get me wrong, my man.... I have waayyy more than I need just for "insurance". I love my old battle rifles, and the history they represent, I love the evil black rifles because they scare the piss out of the likes of Feinstein and I love them because I have yet to find a gun that isn't fun to shoot...

phlegmfatale said...

Brilliantly stated.

GUYK said...

Well Put. I figure the right to OWN property implies the right to PROTECT ones property. Otherwise the only ones who wold have property would be the government and the thieves..wait a minute ain't hat one and the same?

DirtCrashr said...

I want a black rifle...

Kevin said...

Oh yes, DC; me too... saving up for a truly EEEVVILLL CA-legal FAL from DSA. It's gonna be a while - they're $1600 plus change.