This comes from Mike McDaniel, who explains self-defense and gun ownership better than anyone else IMO. If people like McDaniel replaced the stale, repetitious talking heads on Cable talk shows, we would all benefit immensely. But, of course people like Mike McDaniel are not Beltway insiders, which is why he is so entertaining and informative. Enjoy
I do not advertise the fact that I carry a concealed handgun, or that I am an instructor. However, on the occasions when this comes up, people are often amazed. Not because I am a diminutive wisp of a fellow–-I’m anything but, though I’ve lost 60 pounds and am less of a man than I once was–and if I do say so myself, and I do, I’m roguishly masculine (anyway, Mrs. Manor says she likes me)–but because I am a retired English teacher and singer, and my default facial expression is a smile. The resulting conversation usually goes something like this:
Friend: “Really? You carry a gun?”
Me: “I even carry a spear gun in the shower.”
Me: “No; but everywhere else.”
Friend: “But why?”
I usually hit on a few of the high points, issues of logic, common sense, law—you know: reality–gentle persuasion enabling those that already know me to accept a side of me previously unimagined. Employing my most frequently used weapon–the keyboard–let us, gentle readers, reason together.
NOTE: I will make references to God. Because I choose Christianity does not mean everyone must. In fact, a fundamental tenet of Christianity is willing choice: one must choose to believe. One may accept and practice moral precepts–and reason–without professing a faith, and I make no judgment about anyone’s relationship with God, or lack thereof. I merely choose God, which is a deeply rational choice.
I CARRY A HANDGUN BECAUSE:
* Evil exists and may confront anyone at any time and any place.
*God exists and expects me to protect myself, those I love, and those that can’t protect themselves.
*When God leads me into perilous situations, as He sometimes has, He expects me to be prepared, and so I am.
*Self-defense is a God-given, natural, unalienable right.
*To fail to protect God’s greatest gift, the gift of life, is inexcusable.
Please go read it all, it is refreshing to hear genuine wisdom, as Mike possesses. The same type of wisdom our founders were blessed with. The same wisdom that is so lacking today