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On making my world a safer place

Here’s the lead to a piece written in March entitled “why the gun is civilization“:

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 gangbanger, and a single
gay 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.

The rest isn’t very long. I encourage you to go read it.

(via Samizdata. I hear that Neil Boortz read this on the air recently, although he got the source wrong. I wouldn’t know. I don’t do talk radio. I do know that Marko the Munchkin Wrangler is going on my list of blogs I check in on occasionally.)

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