“I ask, sir, what is the militia? It is the whole people … To disarm the people is the best and most effectual way to enslave them.”
-George Mason, Virginia’s ratification convention, 1788
Weapons are the tools of power.
In the hands of the State,
they can be the tools of Decency, or
the tools of Oppression, depending on
the righteousness of that State.
In the hands of criminals, they are the
tools of Evil. In the hands of the free
and decent citizen, they should be the
tools of Liberty.
Weapons compound mans power
to achieve whatever purpose he may have.
They amplify the capabilities of both the
good man and the bad, and to exactly the
same degree, having no will of their own.
Thus, we must regard them as servants,
not masters; and good servants of good men.
Without them, man is diminished, and his
opportunities to fulfill his destiny are
An unarmed man can only flee from Evil,
and Evil is not overcome by fleeing from it.
By Marco Kloos via Munchkinwrangler.wordpress.com
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.
“A free people ought not only to be armed, but disciplined…”
– George Washington, First Annual Address, to both House of Congress, January 8, 1790
Sniper Sergeant Harold A. Marshall of the Canadian Calgary Highlanders’ Scout and Sniper Platoon in Europe during WWII