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    "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
    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.

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    I've read this many times and I'm glad to see it posted for others to read as well. Thanks!
    "You'll be walking along.. OC.. and you'll feel GREAT. You'll feel FREEEEE like 1776 kind of Free." -cscitney87

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    Thank you for posting this. I am very new to this and when attempting to explain the reason for carrying a gun with me to other people, it's very hard to make certain points, all of which you made very clear in this post. Thank you again.

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