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Wednesday, 12 May 2010
"The Gun Is Civilization"
Topic: Education

"The Gun Is Civilization"
Interesting take and one you don't hear much. . . . . .
As the Supreme Court hears arguments for and against the Chicago , IL Gun Ban, I offer you another stellar example of a letter (written by a Marine) that places the proper perspective on what a gun means to a civilized society.
Read this eloquent and profound letter and pay close attention to the last paragraph of the letter....
The Gun is Civilization
by 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.
By Maj. L. C audill USM C (Ret.)
So the greatest civilization is one where all citizens are equally armed and can only be persuaded, never forced.

Posted by planet/foryouandmetoo at 6:43 PM MDT
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Thursday, 9 July 2009

Topic: Education

"Code Blue for Health Care" 

1. Medicare for All will create shortages in healthcare services forcing providers to ration
care and increase wait times for patients (12-18 month wait in other countries)

2. Currently, Americans do not pay taxes on employer provided health insurance benefits.
If you have health insurance through your company, you are about to be taxed on those
plans. The Government will require all Americans have health insurance and impose
FINES on those who do not.

3. The REAL GOAL: Government insurance seeks to eventually squeeze out and eliminate
private health insurance companies altogether, forcing Americans to become dependent on
a “one plan fits no one†Medicare system.

4. The Government will have access to and control over your health records intruding into
the privacy and confidentiality of the doctor patient relationship. We all know how the
Government handles confidential information.

5. The current Medicare and Medicaid programs are flawed and full of corruption. What
will happen when we add another 100 million Americans to the program?

6. The President’s current plan will add another TRILLION dollars to the deficit. Another
government program on an already strained economy will bankrupt the United States.

7. How will Congress pay for their new plans? TAXES. The President campaigned that 95%
of Americans would receive a tax cut. However Democrats are now planning to increase
taxes on everything from sugar to cigarettes as well as creating new taxes, such as Value
Added Tax.

8. No one in the country is currently denied access to healthcare so why is the President
rushing a plan for socialized medicine without thoughtful debate and consideration? The
Government should not be allowed to tell you what healthcare you are entitled to and how
to live your life.

Posted by planet/foryouandmetoo at 6:06 PM MDT
Updated: Saturday, 11 July 2009 9:58 PM MDT
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