By Alan Korwin
Author of 10 books on gun law
PHOENIX, Arizona – -(Ammoland.com)- If this myth had any serious grain of truth we'd be in a world of hurt, because guns would be useless oxymorons and we'd be defenseless slaves by now. Everyone would be slaves, even the slave masters. This myth could never work. It's circular logic that never ends. Lookit:
If you had a gun to protect yourself, but the crook could just take it from you, you wouldn't need a gun. You could just take the crook's gun and use that.
Folks, guns just don't work that way. If they did, guards could never guard anyone, slaves could simply shoot their masters, the masters could then just shoot the slaves, it's absurd. The one with the gun gets things done son.
“The crook would just take it” myth has enormous value because it lights up the scrambled eggs that pass for brains in the progressives and anti-rights bigots who offer up that silliness when the issue of self defense and guns is addressed.
So many of the people we battle over our gun rights are so terrified of guns they can only picture themselves like Don Knotts from the Andy Griffith show, fumbling and bumbling, doing themselves total harm and failing incompetently, with the crook masterfully overpowering them.
Guns Make You Strong
Anti-gun-rights advocates have no idea of the empowerment a firearm provides. They have no space in their psyche for true empowerment, the very idea is abhorrent and inconceivable. So they concoct this magic of a gun simply being wrested away, instead of fired and stopping an adversary cold. Isn't that what the gun is for?
The party of the teachers union (democrats), the people who consider themselves so much better educated and capable than the knuckle-dragging republicans who tout and laud guns — how ironic that they are the ones who can't imagine having gone to a class and learning anything about a gun before venturing out with one and getting it snatched.
The idea that they might be trained, know how to hold onto the darned thing, grip it tightly, keep their distance, even know how to avoid the criminal in the first place… All their minds fill with is this notion that: “If I had a gun the criminal would take it and then I'd really be in trouble.”
Can you imagine living your life like that?
Never feeling a sense of competence, ability, feeling like an adult who could handle and persevere in a difficult situation, especially given the overwhelming power a gun provides? God made us, Sam Colt made us equal. Not in their book.
Sure, it is possible to lose a firearm in a struggle. Police are shot with their own firearms. There are retention holsters and retention techniques and all sorts of steps a person can take to prevent that frightful awful experience from occurring. Shoot happens. But hinging your safety on the idea that a criminal might best you in an incident, and so deciding not to be able to respond, well, that's a choice you're free to make for yourself, but not for anyone else.
If a person doesn't want a gun because they harbor an internal terror that an attacker might get it (and I've met plenty of people like this) I counsel them in no uncertain terms, “You should NOT have a gun.” That puts their fears to rest. Sometimes. Takes the pressure off. Whew, I don't have to have a gun. No one ever really told them that in so many words. Release. I would never insist a person have a gun, and in fact I know people who I'm convinced should not have a gun, for all kind of reasons.
On the other hand, once some people hear that, especially “I think you should never have a gun,” some of them feel left out, a sort of, “What, you're special and I'm not?” kind of reverse psychology motivation, and suddenly the only thing they're interested in is owning a gun. Or three. They're not all too happy living with their recognized ‘fraidy cat disability. Might maybe I should try that more often.
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