posted on Aug, 15 2009 @ 01:06 PM
I hadn't looked at this thread since I last posted, since I am sick and did not want to read confrontational posts. Glancing at it again, I see my
posts got a lot of criticism, which is to be expected since there are a lot of gun advocates here. Let me clarify my position.
I do not believe in cowing down to government tyranny, etc. etc. I am a pacifist, though. I believe that if anything can indeed be called "wrong,"
it is violence in any form, regardless of reason or motive. I believe that whenever we resort to violence, we compromise ourselves.
Guns are tools of violence, and impersonal violence at that. At least with a fist or a sword you have to be close to your target, and you open
yourself up to being injured or killed far more. With a gun, you can be a very long distance away and have more options when it comes to avoiding
harm. I dislike guns for these and other reasons.
I do not believe that human beings should kill other human beings, (or animals, for that matter). If there is one universal moral/ethical directive,
it must be to refrain from harming other people. Unfortunately we do not live by this, but we could.
Peaceful resistance makes more sense to me. Yes, you might get killed yourself, but how you look at that depends on your philosophy. I'm not much
bothered by it.
And I still say it is absurd to think that guns are going to protect you against the government if push comes to shove. Why do you assume that
everybody would be on the same page? How would you coordinate millions of people? How would you fight against bombs and biological weapons and who
knows what else? If the government were disposed to become so aggressive in the first place such that violent opposition on a large scale was
triggered, do you think they would hesitate to use every advantage they have?
The metaphor of violent resistance against an oppressive government such as is seen in fiction, like V for Vendetta and others, is great... as a
metaphor. Fictionalized, symbolic violence to tell a story and inspire people is appropriate. But if you get the idea in your head that things would
really work that way in reality, I believe you are mistaken. You can resist oppression without violence. It ultimately comes down to whether you
believe an act of violence is in itself "wrong," as I do, or you believe that the motivation behind an act of violence determines its moral
character. But the result is the same - a human being, related to you however distantly, is hurt or killed.
I just think it's better to live one's life in a peaceful way, unafraid of scenarios that may never happen. To get out of that violent mentality of
being prepared to meet violence with more violence. Whether you accept it or not, your energy creates your world, and if you carry violence with you,
that's exactly what you'll get.