"A well regulated militia being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed."
The Second Amendment of the U.S. Constitution
There is much debate in our present culture about guns and their role in a peaceful society. The media and the current political administration are working hard to paint a picture of guns as the root of all evil, and they are screaming for greater and greater regulation on the ownership and use of firearms. Here is some information that may help you to draw a different conclusion than the one the media hopes you will draw.
A rock, a bat, and a gun are all lying on a table. Which one is a weapon?
All of them, but no one is talking about banning rocks or bats.
The dictionary defines "weapons" as "anything used against an opponent, adversary, or victim."
Colorado law (CRS 18-1-901) states: "deadly weapon means any of the following which in the manner it is used or is intended to be used may cause death or serious bodily injury." The list includes: "firearm, whether loaded or unloaded; knife; a bludgeon; or any other weapon, device, instrument, material, or substance, whether animate or inanimate"
The bottom line is that firearms are tools, the same way that baseball bats, hammers, axes, knives, chainsaws and many other items are. All of them are inanimate objects that are equally capable of being used for good as they are for bad.
The media routinely refer to firearms as "weapons" to cause people to see them as a source of violence. Our instructors intentionally avoid using the word "weapon" to describe guns, because, in our classes, they are simply tools.
Guns have only two enemies - rust and politicians.
It's always better to be judged by 12 than carried by 6.
Cops carry guns to protect themselves, not you.
Never let someone or something that threatens you get inside arms length.
Never say "I've got a gun." If you need to use deadly force, the first sound
they hear should be the safety clicking off.
When seconds count, the cops are just minutes away.
The average response time of a 911 call is 23 minutes, the response time
of a .357 is 1400 feet per second.
The most important rule in a gunfight is: Always win - cheat if necessary.
If you're in a gun fight:
1. If you're not shooting, you should be loading.
2. If you're not loading, you should be moving
3. If you're not movin', you're dead.
This is a real sign in Janesville, Wisconsin. Note the fine print which essentially says, "We aren't here to protect you and you can't protect yourself." It's not guns that are the problem, but legislation like this.
FBI: Private citizens stopped 16% of all mass shootings between 2000-2012.
Eight horrible crimes stopped by legal gun carrying citizens
The results of making gun ownership a requirement. The lowest crime rates in the world are in cities with the most pro-gun laws.
Gun statistics you will never see in the media
Where criminals actually get their firearms. Blows holes in the theory that background checks make a dent in criminal gun ownership.
The highest crime rates in the world are in cities with the strictest gun laws.
Random Gun Violence
Mass shootings have a long history. It may seem that there is more gun violence in the US in the last 5 years, but in fact, the highest number of mass killings in the US occurred in 1929. Even before guns, lunatics have always found a way to commit murder.
Gun free zones are magnets for mass shootings. Criminals target victims who can not defend themselves.
The purpose of the Second Amendment was never to permit Americans to own guns solely for hunting. It was to ensure a free society by giving citizens the power and authority to defend themselves against all enemies foreign and domestic.
What is a "Militia"?
1. An army composed of ordinary citizens rather than professional soldiers.
2. A military force that is not part of a regular army and is subject to call for service in an emergency.
3. The whole body of physically fit civilians eligible by law for military service.
The media and progressive rhetoric suggests that the 2nd amendment's reference to a militia was to ensure the existence of a “formal army”, but this contradicts the exact definition of "militia"
"The Gun Is Civilization"
By Marko Kloos, attributed to 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.