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The following came to me in an email. I tried to check on Snopes, but I cannot verify the author or where this came from. Regardless, I liked what was stated and thought I'd share it here.
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As the Supreme Court hears arguments for and against the Washington DC Gun
Ban, I offer you another stellar example of a letter (written by a Marine)
that places the proper perspective on what a gun means to a civilized
society.

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)
Semper Fi=============

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Well writen think I will have to copy and past that in words to live by Thumbs up Thumbs up .
F.K.

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I like it. It pretty much sums up what most of us here think already.

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Well written and to the point. I'm a firm believer in the legal carry of firearms to reduce crime. Problem with up here is the Liberals have their heads too far up their @$$ to see the truth. Brick Wall,)

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ChesterGolf wrote:
Well written and to the point. I'm a firm believer in the legal carry of firearms to reduce crime. Problem with up here is the Liberals have their heads too far up their @$$ to see the truth. Brick Wall,)

So did ya get any responce from your mayor on the hand gun issue that we are having to deal with?
F.K.

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Fisher King wrote:
ChesterGolf wrote:
Well written and to the point. I'm a firm believer in the legal carry of firearms to reduce crime. Problem with up here is the Liberals have their heads too far up their @$$ to see the truth. Brick Wall,)

So did ya get any responce from your mayor on the hand gun issue that we are having to deal with?
F.K.

Mayor Kelly apparently supports the use of firearms for target and sporting purposes but take that for what it is worth. He only stated that after we went on a letter writing campaign and sent copies to the various papers.

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The only thing wrong with the voice of reason is that only the choir hears it.

That is truely great and I'm gonna copy it also!

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You did say Maine??? Check out the Maine gun law topic, just got stuffed and cuffed in the state, court date in August. Trying to charge me with condealed weapon... Yes

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I agree with this completely. I used to carry a weapon with me everywhere, but stupid me let my permit expire. When I did, so many people told me I was looking to start trouble. I told them I did it to avoid trouble. My wife and I, and my oldest son(still a baby than) were walking out of the local Kmart one day, and while loading the car a car full of guys, drove by and started yell at us and throwing gang signs. I just gave them a go to hell look. They kept circling the parking lot, and waited for us to get in the car and leave. As soon as I was fixing to leave, they pulled their car in front the the exit and all 4 of them got out and started throwing their hands up yelling at me. I stepped out and lifted my shirt, exposing the butt of my kel-tec 9mm, and told them if they didn't get back in the car and move it and leave us alone, I would blow them all to hell than move their car. I had also informed them though that I had called the police first. They quick coward down and got back in the car and left.

All I can say is I am glad I didn't have to pull my gun out of the holster, just showing the butt of it. I really didn't wanna do it, but in the protection of my wife and son, I would have. I always, remember what my instructor told me, who was a friend to us. He told us all, "The best gunfight you can have, is the one you can avoid, because if you pull the trigger, your life will forever change from that moment on."

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