First off, let me explain what I would like this thread to consist of...
I have been a fervent defender of basic Human Rights for most of my 40+ years on this planet. But increasingly, as of late, I have been attacked on
many different levels about one in particular. Call it, the 2nd amendment to the U.S. Constitution. Call it a God given right. Or call it what it
I have the right, to pursue Life, Liberty and Happiness. It's not difficult to see, that as a member of humanity, we are bound by decency, to live and
let live. But there exists, in our rank and file members, those who wish to manipulate, control and subjugate us, for their own personal gain, and for
lack of a better word, for enjoyment!
Now, I have some personal beliefs as to where this evil desire originates, but for now, I will leave that out of this discussion. I am more interested
in attempting to establish a discourse, in which we can analyze the sheer ignorance that has been displayed, by those who do not understand, nor wish
to comprehend, that which we defend so unconditionally. As well as offer some insight, to those on the other side of the spectrum, so that we can ALL
enhance our understanding of our own species.
So....Please feel free to read each post, in an attempt to minimize duplications, and choose an unused phrase or preconceived notion, that you have
encountered or have been associated with, that absolutely, in no way, offers an accurate depiction of the group or item it attempted to encumber. And,
in your response, please offer a brief description or quote of the fallacy, followed by the correct definition or belief. And then, in your own words,
please surmise what you think is the underlying reason for these inaccurate portrayals.
And, if you are brave enough to read this, and admit that you may have been guilty, in furthering these stereotypes, but perhaps now see them in a
different light, we would be honored if you would express these sentiments here, as well!
Easy enough? Good! I look forward to our thread, and I will be compiling a condensed version of items, periodically, so that we can review them at a
glance, for convenience.
Let me get the ball rolling...
During these most recent discussions, I have repeatedly been belittled and chastised for my beliefs by the use of such words as, "ignorant",
"neanderthal", "outdated", and my favorite..."Cowboy".
I have been told that my way of life is no longer needed. That I strive to maintain the fantasy, of living in the "wild west". And, that I liken
myself to the "gun-slingers" of a, long since unnecessary, era. Hell-bent on brandishing my six-shooter, to strike fear in the hearts of opposing men.
All the while, just wishing, hoping, praying, that they would give me a reason to quick-draw my trusty Colt and shoot them ALL dead, where they
Yeah, I know...And I'M delusional....Go figure...
The truth of the matter is, that I get up some minutes after my alarm goes off, just like you. I dress for work, and venture out into the world,
daily, just like you. I put on my watch, and put my wallet in my pocket. I clip my keys onto my belt-loop, and don my hat and jacket, just like you.
In fact, the only difference between you and I, in our one-leg-at-a-time rituals, would be my inclusion of a small, nearly indetectable pistol, inside
I carry my 100% legal, firearm, for EXACTLY the same reason, that you have a spare tire in your trunk. For exactly the same reason that you maintain
health insurance. And, for exactly the same reason, that a vast majority of gun owners do, as well. To protect and serve. Sound familiar?
You see, the one thing that the anti's can't seem to comprehend is the amount of r.e.s.p.e.c.t that fellow gun owners have for each other. In the days
of the western frontier, it wasn't enough to be vigilant, or vocal about not wanting to be a victim. But, when a man strapped a piece of iron to his
leg, it sent a loud and clear message to the criminals. It said, I won't give up easily. I won't conform to your evil and bow to your demands. I am
formidable. Consider your actions, with this in mind!
I believe in the old proverb, "You never get a second chance to make a first impression"! But, this can be a double-edged sword. While a reasonable
man, can recognize and respect another man's principled defenses, one who has never been afforded access to such a way of life, will build their
knowledge of such things, based solely on what they have been subjected to. And you can't easily undo those things, once they have been engrained into
So, with that said, let's further our attempts to mend this rift. Bridge this divide. And, conquer the fear, brought on by evil's attempt to destroy
edit on 12/23/2012 by GoOfYFoOt because: spelling...