It is a well known fact of criminal justice that education trumps prohibition in almost all ways. Portugal among other countries have decriminalized narcotics and drugs use and have gone the route of educating and treatment with amazing results. However, the money is not in education, for corporations involved and running government the money is in prosecution and so it continues. Regardless, this is an article about firearms.
I think it is important to first establish that all words and language used here will use common definitions. Those found in Merriam Websters or other online dictionaries will suffice. When in doubt, use Merriam Websters. So lets understand the basics of what we are speaking in this article.
- Firearm, a weapon from which a shot is discharged by gunpowder.
- Weapon, something (such as a gun, knife, club, or bomb) that is used for fighting or attacking someone or for defending yourself when someone is attacking you.
- Self Defense, the act of defending yourself, your property, etc. : skills that make you capable of protecting yourself during an attack.
- Education, the action or process of teaching someone especially in a school, college, or university.
- Prohibition, the act of not allowing something to be used or done.
- Treatment, the combating of a disease or disorder, also called therapy. (This definition per the usage of the term)
- Religion, a personal set or institutionalized system of religious attitudes, beliefs, and practices.
As a parent, instructor and life long firearms user I am admittedly biased in favor of education with regards to firearms. However, with recent sad events having occurred such as toddlers shooting parents, young girls shooting adults, adults shooting others; there is an emotional difficulty with regards to this topic. Obviously, loss of life in such a manner can be traumatic. However, loss of life in any manner is essentially as traumatic just in different ways. The most important issue surrounding firearms is an emotional one. Excluding war, firearms deaths are not statistically relevant, though they are emotionally relevant.
How does one educate without stomping on the emotional issues that so many have with regards to firearms?
I for one have begun talking to as many people as I can, I offer to take them shooting (free of charge) and show them in a safe, responsible manner how firearms can be beneficial. The largest problem I have found is that people are more apt to reject out of hand that which they have been taught is bad regardless evidence presented. This is the phenomena that exists surrounding all types of religious approaches. You see religion is not just based on a superhuman or god approach, but can be based on a belief that disallows the understanding or questioning of other approaches. This is why so many people cling to the beliefs on all sides of the debate regarding firearms.
My approach is to try and help others understand that to question is right, it is essential to help them understand that questioning is necessary and that facts are also essential.
So for those of you who are against firearms use, educate me as to why this is necessary. But be prepared, I work in facts not in supposition and emotion. And for those who want to retain firearms, use facts, stop using emotional approaches. Sure emotions are fun and getting your stupid arses on the news for carrying loaded AR’s in airports or down the street may be cute but it is counterproductive and further serves to engender additional emotional support against those of us who simply wish to be left alone.
After all, until man realizes they dont need government, we are stuck with this broken, failed and ultimately failed system that ensures control versus freedom.
Free the mind and the body will follow