Does a gun change the person you are?

Are you a different type of person when you carry?

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OhMyLord WHERE is that [headdesk] icon when you need it?
I seriously couldn’t get through the original article - my head would have exploded.

The author took a local story of how a particular gun brought death to 3 owners … although not by being shot by it, just by owning it, in the way of a curse … and extrapolated that to mean that people in general are made wicked in by the presence of a gun?

How do you get to be a professor without being required to learn how to make a coherent logical argument?

And to boot, we’re not supposed to consider that the race or culture of the folks in question plays a part in this superstitious interpretation of events as a curse, but only blame the OBJECT?

Objects have power because you BELIEVE they do - but it’s the BELIEF not the OBJECT that asserts that power.

GAH! These People!!!

I despair for those young people who have THIS as their model of teaching. :rage:

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“Of course, this is contrary to the belief of a certain professor of anthropology from Dartmouth College who recently claimed that even the mere presence of a firearm, especially if someone makes physical contact with it, can transform a good person into a bad one.”

That’s like saying that me touching a hammer turns me into a carpenter.

Mike

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Wait… dude, does that work? I need to go find a Stephen King book to touch so I can become a best selling author. :face_with_raised_eyebrow:

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Funny I should read this. The closer to a gun I get, the louder the voices in my head get. :crazy_face::face_vomiting:

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It doesn’t change who I am but it does change decisions I make.

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@Sheepdog556 in the sense that it gives me other choices, yes. The choice to defend myself doesn’t change, but how I do that might.
Are you thinking other choices change?

I drive more by the book when carrying, I’m more conscious of where I am( meaning near Capitol grounds or college campuses) lots of little things like that. I look for signage on doors as I approach them.

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Ah, I see, so touching a gun makes you more law abiding.
Well that’s not how the author said it works… :thinking:

No but I believe it makes people much more law abiding than criminal.

Unless you live in a state that well you know where that’s going…

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I really guess it depends on the person and the quality and amount of training you’ve had. As an AF Firearms Instructor I carried daily. We were frequently r trained on use of force (a bit different for military than civilian C/C) bit it instilled in me the knowledge of when and when not to use your firearm.

Now that I’m older I try to avoid situations where trouble is likely to occur but you never really know nowadays. Anyway, I work hard to keep my emotions in check no matter what is happening.

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I am not a different person when I carry, I am a different person because I carry.

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When I became a gun owner, I became passionate about our Second Amendment rights. We are a misunderstood lot.

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While firearms do not hold superpowers, so to speak, I do think that they can change how we may act/respond.

IMO, An armed society is a polite society.

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I agree.
Do you know where that quote comes from?

Robert A. Heinlein: “Beyond This Horizon” An armed society is a polite society . Manners are good when one may have to back up his acts with his life.

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My all time favorite author!

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No super powers from my guns… I am much more polite and less confrontational when carrying a gun. Not that I am a confrontational person, just more laid back when carrying.

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ya know… its quite fascinating to me to see the discrepancy between what the anti-gun folks think happens when you carry a gun
–> you become a crazed maniac that murders people at random <–
and what actually happens when you carry a gun
–> you become a more careful, conservative, responsible, less confrontational person <–
:thinking:

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I’ve touched a lot of dollar bills, so why am I not rich?

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Or maybe a demented killer? Heeere’s Johnny!

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