Shared Misconceptions

Quick, what do “gun worshipers” and “gun haters”, as I’ll call them, have in common?

If you said “lots of things”, then you’d be correct. But in terms of guns, there is a curious commonality here. That is, both those groups tend to place an inanimate object in a position that is normally held by powerful beings.

On one hand, gun worshipers elevate the status of the firearm to beyond its role, thinking it the answer and savior of everything. I admit, I am guilty of this from time to time. It’s easy to get wrapped up in the mystique and lore surrounding these things.

On the other hand, it is also easy for gun haters to be shocked and horrified at the sight or even the mention of any gun, anywhere. Their view is that of techno- and hoplophobes (to use a term coined by the Late “Jeff” Cooper). Some of them see the firearm (and other guns) as black magic creatures that sow evil into the hearts and minds of anyone who touches them.

These are relatively extreme cases, of course, but it is not uncommon for a similar mentality to be held among related groups.

For many of us reading this blog (however few that many might be), we tend to understand that a gun is a tool. An inanimate object that does nothing until an outside force is applied (usually via human action). Of course, rare individual cases and rare product cases result in a poorly-designed or defective firearm, to the point that safe handling is no longer practical for most people. This is true for any machine, and again, these are few and almost never encountered these days.

You are welcome to believe what you want, but unless you frame your gun forever or it suddenly gains life, it is a tool and ought to be recognized as such. Every action hinges on our decisions, and we must take responsibility for our own – For success and for failure. Don’t forget that there’s more to life than the ability to reliably protect what is precious to you, but do remember that the ability to do so is absolutely vital to that life. I will discuss similar things in future posts, when I can gather my thoughts better.

-DH

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~ by demonhide on October 23, 2011.

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