“Fear not the weapon, but the person who wields it.”
We live in a time when political factions are working hard to influence you to take a side on “gun control”, whether you live in the United States, where gun ownership is written into their constitution with the reasons why it’s important, or if you live in a country where gun ownership is illegal – politicians are working hard to sway your opinions.
When I was a child, my father owned two high-powered rifles and a WWII 45 caliber semi-automatic pistol (he was a WWII veteran) and a few other firearms. My mother on the other hand, has always hated firearms. She was never afraid that the guns alone would harm anyone, she didn’t like the fact that someone could cause great harm with them. In like manner, she didn’t like hunting knives, for the same reasons, but did not fear kitchen knives; she respected their sharp edges, but wasn’t afraid of them.
Around us every day are pieces of metal. In our pockets, we have keys, and if you know what to do with them, they are also weapons – should we make them illegal? Keys are to lock and unlock our prized possessions, but as my father taught me, “Locks are only to keep honest people, honest.” Keeping that thought in mind, if locks only keep honest people honest, and keys can become weapons, what difference does it make if we own keys, knives, ball bearings, bows and arrows, hammers, screwdrivers… an endless list of metal objects (and non-metal objects) that can kill? Humans make these objects, and they’re harmless until a human uses them to kill.
Travelling across the U.S. many years ago, via bus, I came into a city where we had a well deserved lay over. When we returned to the bus to continue our journey, much to our surprise, the bus company was scanning passengers for weapons, much like what the TSA does before boarding an airplane. Longer story short: I normally carry a small Swiss Army knife all the time, an old habit my father taught me, and I happened to have at that time a “Leatherman” tool kit on me as well – both of which my father gave to me, so I didn’t want to lose them. Security wouldn’t let me board with them and since my baggage was already on the bus, they wouldn’t let me put it in the stowed luggage. The bus driver heard our conversation and offered to hold them until I reached my destination.
When I reached my destination, he gave me my knife and leatherman kit, and I thanked him. I also pulled him aside, took out my wallet and showed him my martial arts instructors ID and told him that I was far more dangerous than a small Swiss Army knife and a leatherman tool kit. His eyes grew as large as saucers, then we shook hands and I left.
The point here is, there are MANY things which can become weapons with someone who knows what to do with them, including parts of our own bodies. We cannot outlaw everything. What we NEED do is to understand what the politicians don’t want to talk about, publicly:
- WE have to take responsiblity for our actions, and stop blaming inanimate objects for the harm we do to each other;
- WE also need to talk about the pharmaceutical industry and their drug pushers, mainly, psychiatrists for drugging us and our children – read the side effects of the drugs given for just depression, you will be surprised;
- Lastly, we need to educate ourselves about what IS, not just what is being fed to us by whatever is your typical source of information.
One more quote in closing:
“I have seen the enemy, and it is us.”
All the best for your future!