posted on Aug, 12 2009 @ 09:32 AM
Originally posted by Taxi-Driver
But if some crackhead decides to rob me, burgularize my home, rape my wife or daughter .. I bet cha my little firearm will protect me and my family a
lot better than the government.
How much more emboldened would said crackhead be if he knew with certainty there would not be any such resistance?
The material odds are so stacked against you that you would stand no chance. The best you could do is go down firing. And while that may appeal
to some sort of romanticized cowboy ideal, in reality you will just end up dead, with the only consolation being that perhaps you will have taken
someone else's life in the process. Is that something of which to be proud?
I forgive your very limited viewpoint on this subject.
That hypothetical crackhead might just as easily be armed himself and get the drop on you. If somebody wants something you have, they can take it,
whether or not you resist. It is much safer to not draw in those situations in the first place. I postulate that if you own a gun, you're more likely
to create a situation in which to use it, albeit unconsciously.
How is my viewpoint limited when I stated that you would have no chance against the forces of the government should they decide to oppress you? It has
what may as well be an infinite supply of the most powerful weapons on the planet. Violent resistance is futile. 200 years ago, you might have stood a
chance, but even a well-organized group of armed citizens would be vanquished without much difficulty.
As for your points, mnemeth1, I know my history, (I do have a degree in it, after all) and I would agree that in principle one does have more to fear
from governments than any sort of criminal element. But I would again state that guns are not an equalizer when you can never hope to compare with the
resources of the government. It is too late for that.
It is easy to get gridlocked into the mentality of violence answering violence, but that, to me, is a very outmoded philosophy. When you carry death
with you, you are often met with death. You radiate it. If you are really concerned about life and survival, however, then you might try a less
violent approach. Then, perhaps, you won't attract death. You may, if that is your karma, but it's up to you.