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    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 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.

    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.
    Laws alone can not secure freedom of expression; in order that every man present his views without penalty there must be spirit of tolerance in the entire population. -Albert Einstein

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    The real author is Marko Kloos.
    NOT "Maj. L. Caudill"

    http://munchkinwrangler.blogspot.com...lagiarism.html

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    Of course it IS an excellent article though!

    :celebrate



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    WOW. Excellent find Tess! Well thought out and concise. In order for the gun to have that effect, it must be visible, that is OPEN CARRIED!



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    Pa. Patriot wrote:
    The real author is Marko Kloos.
    NOT "Maj. L. Caudill"
    Thank you. I've gone to Marko's blog and posted an apology, and asked my correspondent to make the correction.

    What's worse is I googled to make certain of its authenticity before I posted. Google is no longer my friend
    Laws alone can not secure freedom of expression; in order that every man present his views without penalty there must be spirit of tolerance in the entire population. -Albert Einstein

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    Google is no friend of the Second Amendment. It is a left-wing left-coast operation. If you must, use Scroogle Scraper http://www.scroogle.org/cgi-bin/scraper.htm

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    No foul, you didn't know.

    Funny how the fake or incorrect version gets more hits than the original on a search engine... Speaking of which, Gogle is very anti-gun.
    I use www.goodsearch.com
    " Raise money for your favorite charity or school just by searching the Internet with GoodSearch - www.goodsearch.com - powered by Yahoo!"

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    Great statement. Only problem is they misspelled "weightlifter."

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