Should the 2A Community Embrace Humility or Activism?

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Iowa – -(Ammoland.com)- I was listening to a lecture offeredby Dr. Jordan Peterson the other day in the shop.  I often have some sort of lecture or podcast going, and I usually pay partial attention to it while working with my hands.

This particular subject surrounded humility and activism.  Essentially, Jordan was poking at the young pseudo-intellectuals that arrive at college and are instantly militarized into various activist roles within organizations.  The fundamental problem is, that most folks are so young they have no idea what they’re doing and have no business working themselves up into a tizzy 7 days a week.  This isn’t to say that issues don’t matter and they shouldn’t participate.  However, it should be noted that lacking humility, all the youth (both high school and college-age combined) manage to accomplish when activism is placed first in terms of importance, is a draw towards two very bad things – grappling for power or assertion of victim status.

It took some time for that fact to sink in.  I was then compelled to evaluate myself against this premise to see just how far I had wandered off the path.  While I’m arguably one of the most flawed people I know, I believe I’m neither power-hungry nor prone to claiming victim status.  Maybe, just maybe, my upbringing and experiences taught me humility.  Or at least enough of it, to properly prioritize the order of multiple good things.

As an aside, you must ask yourself when determining the rank of two good things such as loyalty or truth, which you’ll offer chiefly to those in your life.  If the answer is “loyalty” then you’re well suited for political office.  If your answer is “truth” then there just might be hope for you yet…

Because I learned humility early on and had practiced it routinely, I believe a case can be made that I, and many like me, are well suited to be activists.  You see, there is a distinct need for activism in our culture.  There are aspects of our society that need significant change.  This requires activism.  However, when we’re looking at the choice among things like humility or activism, one requires the other.  I don’t believe we can truly advocate well, or with a purity of spirit as well as purity of outcome, if humility isn’t present in us.



As Second Amendment advocates, we tend to be more caring than our counterparts.

They often, if rarely, agree with this, but that’s the truth.  We’re concerned with the preservation of life and liberty.  It isn’t that they don’t have hearts.  Many truly weep for the pain of others.  But they hold a flawed understanding of what is true of a thing, which pushes them into the “feel” category too quickly when formulating crucial precepts.  We too, “feel” plenty, but it is in a different place.  Our feelings come at the front end, which motivates us to love and consider others.  Through those motivators, we apply the logic of the application and perceived outcome.  Our opposition?  They do this, generally speaking, in reverse order.  They come up with an idea or a stance, then use emotion and all the feelings that accompany them to move their premise forward.  This is a big problem.

I’ve often said we need to take the moral high ground in our 2A battle.  This notion was offered to me by a mentor and I’ve never forgotten it.  The other side, just as we, are applying morals to the equation.  They apply moral feelings.  We apply moral thoughts.  Moral feelings stem from the Latin, “conscientia” or conscious. Moral thoughts stem from the Latin, “synderesis” or scholastic philosophy.

The synderesis, or thoughts, were understood by the ancient world to be nearly 100% fail-safe, whereas the conscientia, or feelings, were almost 100% failure oriented.

Have We Become A World That Feels Or One That Thinks?

Our humility is necessary for us to communicate with others and understand concerns we may not have considered or even share.  Humility precedes our activism.  We absolutely need this in order to do well for our mission and the beneficiaries.  Once we act and think with humility, the activism picks up a tone of clarity and genuineness.  There are times I see that lacking in our actions and responses, which means it isn’t in our thought.  …And it should be.

Believe me, I understand.  We’re grappling with an enemy that will enthusiastically tromp all over our civil rights.  …And not because you or I have done anything to disallow the use and exercise of our core human rights, but rather, because they themselves can’t fathom the use and ownership of a gun.  These are truly their shortcomings, but they project them onto us.  I truly understand why we get so prickly over this so quickly.  Our outrage is justified.  There is a place for outrage too, and that day may be looming larger for us.  But for the purposes of bringing folks who don’t understand this into the fold, humility will go a long way in shaping their view.  …And perception matters.

Once we have humility well in hand, I believe we’re better suited to take on those who have only learned they need or want power in order to Lord over us.  The same group of people who can’t achieve power will assert victim status and immediately vilify us.  After all, this is a zero-sum game to them.  If they claim they are victims, then we automatically become the aggressor.  As aggressors, we now owe them, right?  Whether that debt is money, status, or whatever, they have been taught, indoctrinated if you will, that immediately pivoting to victimology when they don’t get their way will shame us into giving them what they want.  …And it often works.  Being labeled hurts us, and depicts us as things we aren’t.  But, by acting with humility, we subvert those claims in large part.  Sure, false claims are going to happen, and cancel culture is running rampant, but having a track record for humility is akin to a Teflon coating proactively applied.

We’ll be better off short and long term for embracing humility at every level of our mission.  Now, don’t hear what I haven’t said.  No place have you heard me advocate for weakness or some sort of retreat.  Quite the contrary.  Each of us may have a different idea on the subject of transcendence, but for me?  I want to stand tall before Him and offer my account.  After all, the destination we all seek together is important, but greater yet is the journey.  We must do so with purity, thus our best activism contains humility.

In Liberty,

Michael Ware – Iowa Firearm Coalition


About Michael Ware:

Michael is a Christian husband and father to two children. He owns and operates Controlled Chaos Arms, a premier custom weapons shop in the Midwest. He serves as Chairman of the board of Directors at the Iowa Firearms Coalition. The pursuit of truth drives him in research and his writing.

Michael enjoys shooting, hunting, and fishing throughout the Midwest and Rockies. An avid outdoorsman and tireless supporter of all Second Amendment virtues, he can be found in his gun shop, in a tree stand with his kids, or on Capitol Hill lobbying in support of Freedom and Liberty at any given time.

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KK

The one thing to keep in mind is that the entire “debate” is a distraction. This has nothing to do with “PUBLIC SAFETY”, the deception that the whole “debate” is about. TOTALITARIANS DISARM THEIR CITIZENS! There is a GLOBAL political structure that is working to achieve an agenda that leaves no room for American Freedoms. The democrat party and RINO republicans work to subvert our freedoms, borders, economy, culture and traditions to erode National pride and raise new generations that will accept “GLOBAL” principals that have no room for individual rights that EMPOWER a citizenry. The democrat party is working… Read more »

john

Your understand sir Always remember that if you supply the facts to strengthen your case some her do not always understand the message It is clear since 1992 Agenda 21 then Agenda 21-2030 Now just Agenda 2030

TargetAssassin

This entire argument boils down to one word regarding the Second Amendment, that word is “Uninfringed”. When a right is not to be infringed upon, there can be NO compromise.

swmft

they have screwed us at every turn now, 12 good people on a jury would say justifiable if an atf agent got killed, they dont want me for jury duty I work to make outcome what is right..puck their laws. when they cant follow the rules laid out to make laws the laws jury nullification they make are illegal time to form american rights brigade and defend rights even if requires guns be used against polluticians (polluted corrupt politicians) and yes there are people who we need to protect that have different values rights are rights take the vaccine as… Read more »

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CourageousLion

I lie to get on a jury. The questions they ask are non of their damned business.

Russn8r

So do I. F’em.

Russn8r

WB’s sock puppet posse don’t like that answer.

john

Truth and Loyalty you can not have one without the other. The activist no mention of who they are as there are many in todays world.You mention youth that is a broad swipe at humanity as not all 30 something are believers in the socialist democratic experiment. While the 40 and above American that has been influenced by the socialist arenda is far more dangerous to our country and the American way of life. Other than those of use who believe in the constitution you do identify, then yes we are under attack. By those elected and those that fund… Read more »

CourageousLion

You will never get rid of poverty. Some folks have a mind set that keeps them there. I know…from first hand experience with a direct relative.

john

That is now encouraged by a socialist agenda Free / Forgiveness boils down to injustice for all .

The Crimson Pirate

Excellent article, even if I am not certain I fully agree with your conclusions. The fact that you listen to Dr. Peterson predisposes me positively toward you 😉 Something else to consider; the ultimate outcome of gun control is not merely a loss of rights. It is the death of all those who disagree with the regime, whatever that regime may be. It is the destruction of human civilization and all of our advancement to date. The same people who oppose our gun rights also oppose all other rights and are in a struggle to tear down the very foundations… Read more »

JayWPB

Nice Guys Finish Last
Leo Durocher

Boz

2A is about maintaining rights, so, humiIity just doesn’t cut it.

Western Montana

Michael, thank you for your message. “Humility is necessary for us to communicate with others and understand concerns we may not have considered or even share. Humility should precede activism.”

In God, we Trust,
Bruno

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DDS

This bitter clinging deplorable will exercise restraint and sympathy for the other side when I see any evidence of such treatment towards us coming from them.

We didn’t pick this fight, and often have little or no say in the tactics used by our opponents.

Only a fool insists on Marquis of Queensbury rules in a bar fight. That road leads to certain defeat. Meanwhile, I still want my damn cake back. ALL OF IT. After that we can see about soothing their injured feelings.

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swmft

and the only way is to not give anything, did they work for it no starve I dont give a dam you dont want to work dont, but dont come to me when you are hungry, my dogs might be hungry!

Roland T. Gunner

Kill them all; let God sort them out.

swmft

some are so evil dont think they would die devil is afraid they would take over, does explain revelations

Hazcat

This article is a lot of what I call ‘naval gazing’ without one concrete example.

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