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The Gun is Civilization
via email | Maj. L. Caudill USMC (Ret)

Posted on 06/07/2010 12:22:10 PM PDT by Neil E. Wright

The Gun is Civilization

by Maj. L. Caudill USMC (Ret)

Human beings only have two ways to deal with one another: reason and force. If you want me to do something for you, you have a choice of either convincing me via argument, or force me to do your bidding under threat of force. Every human interaction falls into one of those two categories, without exception. Reason or force, that's it.

In a truly moral and civilized society, people exclusively interact through persuasion. Force has no place as a valid method of social interaction, and the only thing that removes force from the menu is the personal firearm, as paradoxical as it may sound to some.

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 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.

There are plenty of people who consider the gun as the source of bad force equations. These are the people who think that we'd be more civilized if all guns were removed from society, because a firearm makes it easier for a [armed] mugger to do his job. That, of course, is only true if the mugger's potential victims are mostly disarmed either by choice or by legislative fiat--it has no validity when most of a mugger's potential marks are armed.

People who argue for the banning of arms ask for automatic rule by the young, the strong, and the many, and that's the exact opposite of a civilized society. A mugger, even an armed one, can only make a successful living in a society where the state has granted him a force monopoly.

Then there's the argument that the gun makes confrontations lethal that otherwise would only result in injury. This argument is fallacious in several ways. Without guns involved, confrontations are won by the physically superior party inflicting overwhelming injury on the loser.

People who think that fists, bats, sticks, or stones don't constitute lethal force watch too much TV, where people take beatings and come out of it with a bloody lip at worst. The fact that the gun makes lethal force easier works solely in favor of the weaker defender, not the stronger attacker. If both are armed, the field is level.

The gun is the only weapon that's as lethal in the hands of an octogenarian as it is in the hands of a weight lifter. It simply wouldn't work as well as a force equalizer if it wasn't both lethal and easily employable.

When I carry a gun, I don't do so because I am looking for a fight, but because I'm looking to be left alone. The gun at my side means that I cannot be forced, only persuaded. I don't carry it because I'm afraid, but because it enables me to be unafraid. It doesn't limit the actions of those who would interact with me through reason, only the actions of those who would do so by force. It removes force from the equation... and that's why carrying a gun is a civilized act.

By Maj. L. Caudill USMC (Ret)

So the greatest civilization is one where all citizens are equally armed and can only be persuaded, never forced.


TOPICS: Education; History; Miscellaneous; Society
KEYWORDS: banglist; civilization; guns
Semper Fi, Major. Thank you for your service in the cause of

★ FREEDOM! ★

1 posted on 06/07/2010 12:22:10 PM PDT by Neil E. Wright
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To: Neil E. Wright

Patriot Bump!


2 posted on 06/07/2010 12:24:27 PM PDT by scott7278 ("...I have not changed Congress and how it operates the way I would have liked." BHO)
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To: Neil E. Wright
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 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.

God created all men. Sam Colt made them equal.

3 posted on 06/07/2010 12:25:04 PM PDT by GonzoGOP (There are millions of paranoid people in the world and they are all out to get me.)
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To: Neil E. Wright

“reason and force”

You forgot trickery.


4 posted on 06/07/2010 12:32:05 PM PDT by Pessimist
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To: Pessimist

And affection.


5 posted on 06/07/2010 12:34:50 PM PDT by agere_contra (Obama did more damage to the Gulf economy in one day than Pemex/Ixtoc did in nine months)
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To: agere_contra

LOL!


6 posted on 06/07/2010 12:36:50 PM PDT by Pessimist
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To: Pessimist

And nudity!


7 posted on 06/07/2010 12:52:28 PM PDT by goseminoles
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To: Neil E. Wright

good read bump


8 posted on 06/07/2010 1:04:28 PM PDT by ▀udda▀udd (7 days - 7 ways Guero >>> with a floating, shifting, ever changing persona.....)
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To: goseminoles

Trust me, I could only convince you to beg me to put my cloths back on.


9 posted on 06/07/2010 1:26:22 PM PDT by 11Bush
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To: Neil E. Wright; Admin Moderator
With all due respect, this essay is properly attributed to Marko Kloos of the Munchkin Wrangler Blog and has become quite legendary for the number of times it has been reprinted under the Major Caudill name, including an appearance in toto in one of Ted Nugent's books.

Relevant details here:

http://munchkinwrangler.wordpress.com/2009/05/17/major-caudill-hits-the-big-time/

Best regards,

10 posted on 06/07/2010 1:33:03 PM PDT by Copernicus (California Grandmother view on Gun Control http://www.youtube.com/view_play_list?p=7CCB40F421ED4819)
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To: Neil E. Wright
Excellent points!

Something that needs to be shouted from the rooftops.

Consider the fact that places were the Law-abiding are forcibly disarmed are more dangerous and crime ridden than places were one has the ability to defend oneself.

Of course, the gun-grabbing socialists don't care about facts and logic – if they did, they wouldn't be gun-grabbing socialists in the first place.

11 posted on 06/07/2010 2:28:27 PM PDT by BerserkPatriot (There are no 1st Amendment rights without 2nd Amendment Rights)
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To: Neil E. Wright
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 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.

BINGO! And the liberal 'distaste' for firearms tells you, more than anything else, that the left is NOT interested in individual freedom, in any way, shape, or form. The left is focused on group politics, and government power, pure & simple...

12 posted on 06/07/2010 2:55:09 PM PDT by Who is John Galt? ("Sometimes I have to break the law in order to meet my management objectives." - Bill Calkins, BLM)
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