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“The Gun Is Civilization” by Maj. L. Caudill USMC (Ret)

icon (1)Read this eloquent and profound letter and pay close attention to the last paragraph of the letter….

“The Gun Is Civilization” by Maj. L. Caudill USMC (Ret)

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 gang banger, and a single 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.

There are plenty of people who consider the gun as the source of bad force equations.
These are the people who think that we’d be more civilized if all guns were removed from society, because a firearm makes it easier for a armed mugger to do his job.
That, of course, is only true if the mugger’s potential victims are mostly disarmed either by choice or by legislative fiat–it has no validity when most of a mugger’s potential marks are armed.

People who argue for the banning of arms ask for automatic rule by the young, the strong, and the many, and that’s the exact opposite of a civilized society. A mugger, even an armed one, can only make a successful living in a society where the state has granted him a force monopoly.

Then there’s the argument that the gun makes confrontations lethal that otherwise would only result in injury.
This argument is fallacious in several ways. Without guns involved, confrontations are won by the physically superior party inflicting overwhelming injury on the loser.

People who think that fists, bats, sticks, or stones don’t constitute lethal force watch too much TV, where people take beatings and come out of it with a bloody lip at worst.
The fact that the gun makes lethal force easier works solely in favor of the weaker defender, not the stronger attacker. If both are armed, the field is level.

The gun is the only weapon that’s as lethal in the hands of an octogenarian as it is in the hands of a weight lifter.
It simply wouldn’t work as well as a force equalizer if it wasn’t both lethal and easily employable.

When I carry a gun, I don’t do so because I am looking for a fight, but because I’m looking to be left alone. The gun at my side means that I cannot be forced, only persuaded. I don’t carry it because I’m afraid, but because it enables me to be unafraid. It doesn’t limit the actions of those who would interact with me through reason, only the actions of those who would do so by force.

It removes force from the equation… and that’s why carrying a gun is a civilized act.

By Maj. L. Caudill USMC (Ret.)

So the greatest civilization is one where all citizens are equally armed and can only be persuaded, never forced.


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5 Comments on ““The Gun Is Civilization” by Maj. L. Caudill USMC (Ret)”

  1. John Hamilton January 27, 2013 at 1:39 am #

    Well put my friend, eloquent as a matter of fact. I just hope the people that need to read this, can think outside the BOX. changing one’s thoughts 1 at a time. Defend yourself!! Peace

  2. Shape Shifter January 28, 2013 at 9:05 pm #

    I agree w/most of what’s said here but our society grants full citizenship and the associated access to firearms to those we know to be mentally unstable. Granted a fully armed populace would reduce the damage from each mentally unstable person w/a firearm but the problem w/a fully armed populace is that the sub-population of the mentally unstable would also be fully armed resulting in more violent firearm encounters (albeit smaller ones).

  3. Kathryn March 10, 2013 at 10:41 pm #

    I agree that sometimes one needs a gun to defend himself/herself, but everyone owning guns is insane. There would be many more incidents of violence and tradgedy caused by angry or emotional people, those seeking revenge, people with poor judgment and the mentally unstable. I think we should be required to do a course and pass a test before owning a gun; the same as when we are issued a license to drive a car. A car can be lethal, just like a gun. We would live in fear if everyone owned guns, wondering if we were going to get shot becasue someone made a mistake or got pissed-off about something. And the criminals would be robbing and killing like there is no tomorrow. There would be total chaos. We would have just the opposite of a civilized society. What a shocking and crazy idea!


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