Saturday, December 4, 2010

"Why do you carry a gun?"

It's a question everyone who carries a weapon will hear, eventually. Typically it's asked by someone with no personal knowledge of firearms past what's seen on television, and gossiped as 'common knowledge'.

Being a teacher, and one who believes in the Socratic teaching method, I often answer this question with some of my own....

Do you think there is such a thing as crime, and bad people doing violent things to people who don't deserve it?

Do you think humans have the right to defend themselves against violent attack?

If you thought you were about to be violently attacked, would you call the police?

Why? What would you expect them to do? Come to your aid, with weapons, and protect you?

Do you consider your life worth protecting?

Would you expect a stranger to put their life on the line to protect you, if you refuse to do it yourself?

It's an interesting line of questioning, and goes on from there, but seldom reaches a conclusion. Following it tends to challenge some peoples dearest notions, which they will often fight tooth and nail to keep... even if it means the argumentative equivalent of putting their fingers in their ears and shouting "LALALALALALALA" at the top of their voice.


Wuulf said...

I recently had a "lalalala" moment. I was explaining the "castle law" to a friend when a coworker heard us. I find it rather humorous, in a sad way, to realize that some people are perfectly happy to give up their right to defend themselves so easily.

BTW, my last question I got to before the "lalala" started was "So, you have no problems calling a stranger to come to your defense, even though you know that it will take them 45 minutes to get there, and by that time, whatever crime is being committed against you will have been over with, and your defender will be too late to actually STOP the crime?"

Carteach0 said...

The way I phrase that last one is: "So, you are fine with paying a complete stranger, some guy with a wife and kids, to come use weapons in your defense, Maybe getting himself wounded or worse..... but you won't lift a hand to defend yourself?"

Guilt is a wonderful thing.

Sabre22 said...

I would like to know where you got the grips on the 1911 in the picture

Carteach0 said...


Tuscon grip company, long out of business.