I haven’t been actively reading my feeds, so when I fired up the reader today, I saw Bill Kocik’s pro-gun essay in his blog.
- Do not own my own firearm.
- Do not like the idea of anyone using firearms.
- Recognize that firearms exist and will never go away.
- Believe that someone is less likely to perpetuate a violent crime if the odds that they will get shot in retaliation increases.
- Believe that in a world where guns are readily available, a steady equilibrium of safety will eventually be reached–perhaps, unfortunately, after much death by guns. Those left remaining and still alive will learn to co-exist safely together.
- Do not believe that fewer guns is the answer. As long as the balance of power leans in favor of criminals, no one can be safe.
- Am thankful that there are people who responsibly own and carry firearms, so that I don’t have to.
Wishing that we could live in a world without firearms is just that: wishful thinking. The reality is that guns have been invented and that can never be undone. The only rational path to safety is reaching the point where enough people are carrying firearms so that using one inappropriately will be dealt with swiftly and abruptly: with deadly force.