Regarding Guns and Canaries

Very often, gun grabbers accuse us of having and irrational love of our guns. On another site, a foreign national just told me, “Americans love their guns more than their own lives it seems.”

They just don’t get it. Well, I set out to explain. Here is what I told him.


Do you have an open mind? Do you really want to try to understand why people like me are so emotional about this subject?

Have you ever heard of a canary in a coal mine? Miners would bring caged canaries into the mines with them. If dangerous gases such as methane or carbon monoxide accumulated, the gases would kill the canary before killing the miners.

Imagine if you were deep in the mine and the canary just hit the newspaper on the bottom of its cage. You would be pretty agitated and worried, wouldn’t you? In fact, I’d say you would feel some pretty intense emotions.

Why should that be? Would it be because you were worried about the canary? Is it because you are sad for the canary? Of course not. You would be upset because of the broader implications of the dead canary.

Guns are America’s canary. The government is subordinate to the people. A subordinate cannot disarm its superior. Only an autocratic regime can disarm its citizenry. Governments that do not fear the people do not disarm the people. Governments that fear the people always disarm the people.

When government starts talking about disarming orderly, peaceable, rational citizens, the canary is swooning. When governments start doing it, the canary is deader than fried chicken. In this context, a dead canary is a harbinger for the death of liberty.

Miners aren’t that worried about the canary and I am not that worried about my rifle. I am very, very worried about the nature of America, the government and the status of freedom, however, whenever the government starts talking about disarming me. It is a very dangerous situation.

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4 Responses to Regarding Guns and Canaries

  1. AFB says:

    Excellent explanation, R.D. Not sure if any of what you said will penetrate the cranium of the foreign national, but then again, seeds may be planted that will one day germinate into understanding — either on his part or on the part of other readers and commenters on that forum.

    I don’t know how you have the patience to go “behind enemy lines” and try to reason with the natives there. :)

    • R.D. Walker says:

      Yeah, I don’t know why I do it. It’s like beating my head against the wall.

      • BarbaCat says:

        …I guess that’s why I keep sending stuff out too. I keep thinking that along with gun control will come Internet control too. Seems like they’re seen as dangerous weapons that will need to be harshly controlled.

        So, I keep tweeting and emailing stuff out.

  2. Van-a-gram says:

    Best line heard recently:

    “Didn’t Obama know? Navy Seals didn’t kill Bin Laden — guns did.”

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