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.