Frank Sharpe boils it all down in a short series of thoughts. I only wish that I could write as concisely. This is the best essay I have read in a long time, maybe ever, that deals with guns and why we Americans need them. Here are a few excerpts that I found to be compelling. It’s difficult to resist reprinting the whole thing.
When asked what I do for a living I reply: I teach people how to shoot people. I teach people how to shoot people because some people need to be shot – and they need to be shot NOW.
I have found that in the long run sugarcoating reality rarely produces good results. Yes, it might make some people “feel” better, but feelings and reality are often polar opposites. Pretending something is what it is not only postpones judgment day, and the longer it’s ignored, the higher the price.
Twenty-six years ago I began my involvement with “gun rights”. I had a good grasp on what Article II of the Bill of Rights was about then, and my thoughts haven’t changed since. Article II is about the individual’s ability to shoot tyrants – plain and simple.
It has nothing to do with hunting, collecting or competition. And tyranny, as I define it, may appear in the form of a rapist in the alley, a mob during civil unrest, an invading military, or one’s own government.
What I, and thousands of other instructors around the country do, is provide the necessary skills that Americans need to deploy firearms in tyranny’s direction. We don’t teach people how to play games or take quail; we teach people how to effectively launch bullets into the bodies of tyrants.
And to such tyrants, my advice is this: If you don’t want to find yourself on the business end of my rifle, then behave yourself.
Some will never understand that, and so be it. However, there are millions who have never considered such things, and they never will if we continue to pretend that our guns have any other use than to force the expiration of tyranny.
We are free people, armed to the teeth – And we should not be interested in living any other way!
Have no shame about it.”