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.
“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.
Wait… dude, does that work? I need to go find a Stephen King book to touch so I can become a best selling author.
Funny I should read this. The closer to a gun I get, the louder the voices in my head get.
It doesn’t change who I am but it does change decisions I make.
@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.
Ah, I see, so touching a gun makes you more law abiding.
Well that’s not how the author said it works…
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…
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.
I am not a different person when I carry, I am a different person because I carry.
When I became a gun owner, I became passionate about our Second Amendment rights. We are a misunderstood lot.
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.
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.
My all time favorite author!
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.
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 <–
I’ve touched a lot of dollar bills, so why am I not rich?
Or maybe a demented killer? Heeere’s Johnny!