Guns Save Life have an interesting discussion called, “Why I Buy Guns“. The writer gives several reasons. Of those reasons, the seventh most important reason is this: “GUNS INVOKE REALITY”.
I buy guns because guns invoke reality. Gun owners, in my view, are realistic people. Conversely, those who fear and loathe guns, in my view, end up living a fantasy life like that of Chicken Little where they end up jumping at every turn and fearful of every shadow.”
Of all the reasons posited I think this is one of the most important. Owning and carrying a gun moves one’s thought processes from the childish to the adult. That is, from the, “I can kick your ass” to the, “Let’s look at this” mindset.
I well remember being young and stupid. I remember being willing to challenge people who acted in ways I didn’t understand or approve of. But there is something dramatic that occurs when you have done that a few times. After a while you actually begin attacking those whom you disagree with. After you get your ass kicked a few times you come to the conclusion that your opinions are not universally held and may not be fully formed. That is the kind of reality, based upon the realization that you aren’t infused with the wisdom of the ages, that I think GSL refers to.
Reality is, as some have said, a bitch. But it’s only a bitch to those who are not ready to learn from it.
It is sobering to come to the point where society entrusts you with the responsibility of carrying a concealed gun during your everyday life. No longer are the childish, “I can kick your ass”, thoughts foremost in your mind.
In their place is the knowledge that you can possibly solve an unfair societal problem. It makes one understand that not every disagreement needs resolution. It means that, with decent training, you are there to save people from injury or death, not from insult or rage. The difference is dramatic.
We should continue to teach young people to shoot and to protect those who are either weaker or unarmed from predators. Our women, children, and our aged are no match for stronger bad guys. They are the ones who must be protected. We who have accepted that responsibility have done so by leaving behind our petty personal concerns. We are wise to do so.