I Love Guns
by Tom Finnigan: The
Attitude of an Anarchist
I want Americans
to be armed to the teeth. In addition to practical and constitutional
reasons for wanting an armed citizenry, I admit to having an emotional
attachment to Americaís gun culture. Iíll just come out and I say
it: I love guns.
I love guns
for symbolizing what made America special. Guns stand for self-reliance,
rugged individualism, and a Donít-Tread-On-Me attitude. Guns connect
Americans to their heritage of resisting tyranny. Owning a gun means
accepting final responsibility for defending your family and property.
Loving guns means loving liberty and exercising the right to defend
it by any means necessary.
I love guns
for exposing the mutual antagonism between power elites and the
common man. Almost everyone in the Establishment wants stricter
gun control laws. Elites hate the gun culture. They donít understand
it. Theyíre embarrassed by what Europeans think of it. They associate
guns with rednecks, red states, religion, paranoia, prejudice, and
pretty much anything else they blame for insufficient progress toward
collectivism. Many of them have never held a gun. Guns seem scary
and dangerous to them. The common people love guns. Theyíre comfortable
with guns. They shoot guns and hunt with guns. They talk about guns
and read about guns. They collect guns and carry guns. They watch
shows like Sons
of Guns. They certainly donít give a damn what Europeans
think about guns. Elitist contempt for the gun culture only fuels
its growth. Whenever the media calls for a ban on assault weapons,
gun enthusiasts respond by purchasing even
more assault weapons. When my dad bought his first gun,
here was the exact exchange between him and the gun dealer:
So why do you want to own a gun?
Because the imperial federal government doesnít want me to have
I love guns
for signaling who people trust. For many American youths, their
first trip to the gun range is a rite of passage. It signals trust
between parent and child. One characteristic of a free society is
that citizens trust their neighbors more than they trust the government.
The liberalization of gun laws over the last two decades suggests
that Americans retain a great deal of faith in freedom. Elites are
the exact opposite. They fear the common man and trust government
with absolute power. They blame guns for gangs, suicides, and mass
shootings. When Bob
Costas says that young men canít have guns "without something
bad happening," itís another way of saying, "Youíll
shoot your eye out!"
love guns for constituting the "line in the sand" in the
struggle against tyranny. Americans have surrendered many freedoms
over the years, but millions of them would rather fight to the death
than surrender their guns. Democrats know that pushing for gun control
during a presidential election would be political suicide; many
working-class Democrats love their guns even more than they love
the welfare state. Real Americans recognize that gun control is
a step toward tyranny. If the U.S. government ever tried to disarm
the civilian population, there would be a bloodbath in this country.
You know it. I know it. They know it.
The right to
keep and bear arms is the most important freedom because itís the
one that protects all the others. A right not exercised is a right
lost. Despite the steady erosion of freedom in America, the gun
culture is proof that the spirit of liberty is still alive.
I love guns.
God bless America.
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living in Atlanta, Georgia.
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