Plus Contra Armae Temperare

     “Both oligarch and tyrant mistrust the people, and therefore deprive them of arms.” —Politics, Aristotle of Stagira, c. 350 B.C.

Obviously, the issue of disarming citizens is not a new one.  From my favorite hobby, hoplology, I know of several systems of martial arts which were created specifically in response to the disarming of conquered populations.  The original karate systems of the Ryukyu kingdoms, for instance, or the capoeira of Brazilian slaves.  While these arts did give those populations some measure of self-defense, the denial of weaponry always had its intended effect: the subjugated populations remained subjugated.  Despite some false claims in modern training schools, you see, human beings do not enjoy the top of the food chain because we are the strongest or fastest animals around; we sit at the ecological pinnacle because we use tools.  And the tools of self-defense are the same as the tools of war: weaponry.

Certainly, there are techniques in several systems which might allow a highly-trained athlete to disarm a single poorly-trained person, under specific circumstances.  But numbers, training and quality-of-arms quickly make such techniques useless.  The only realistic defense against armed assailants–whether agents of tyrants, foreign powers, or simply criminals–is equal or greater armament.  No reasonable amount of training, whether for strength or skill, will enable an octagenarian grandmother to fend off a 20-year-old tough set to rob and kill her (an increasingly common crime in areas of high gun-control, such as California, New York and Illinois).  A single pistol, however, can not only end the confrontation in the favor of the victim, but do so without actual violence.  Even an armed thug will often avoid an armed target; criminals want victims, not a risk of their own injury. 

This should be an exercise in simple common sense.  For whatever reason it is not, it is also borne out by statistics which I have previously cited, and which are readily available by internet search.  I have been told that my reliance on proof amounts to “bullying people about their position when they are saddened.”  My response is thus:

My use of reason to defend the freedom of law-abiding citizens is not ‘bullying’.  Your use of emotion to debar them of freedom, is.

Published by Little-Known Blogger

I spent the first years of my life in a trailer park outside of a tiny town in rural Missouri. I grew up to be a long-haired, gun-hating, military-hating, Presbyterian super-liberal. Well, perhaps the “growing up” happened later. While in high school, I was on the cross-country and wrestling teams, and actually won my weight-class in a State powerlifting competition. I went on to attend college on a Bright Flight scholarship, where I promptly became an atheist. I trained for a few years in Shotokan karate and Cheng-system taijiquan before training in my first real martial art, Hwarang-Do, under the late Franklin Fowlkes (later the Founder and Grandmaster of the Five Elements Martial Arts System). I married an older Taiwanese woman my junior year, got divorced in short order, and dropped out of college. After completing my AA in Psychology, I decided I needed a complete change of scenery and joined the U.S. Marine Corps (having early been assured that there was no way that a skinny liberal like me would ever survive Boot Camp). Contrary to what the Hipster Zombies will tell you, this did not “brainwash me into being a Conservative”. Instead, it made me a very unhappy, short-haired liberal, surrounded by guns and the military. However, I spent my whole contract (after schools) on the island of Okinawa, where I was exposed to points of view not dominated by the American liberal media. During this time, I taught ESL classes as a side-job, trained under some of the highest-ranking masters of karate on Okinawa, and discovered the practice of Buddhism. I also spent some time in Korea, where I got to train in hapkido. It was during this period that I came gradually to realize how stupid and evil American liberalism actually is. This was partly due to my Military Police command sending me to Small Arms Instructor school, which gave me more exposure to guns than I could ever have imagined—thus negating my idiotic liberal distaste for them. After the active-duty portion of my Marine Corps contract was over, I worked several jobs, from security contracts to operating a forklift in a warehouse. In 2002, however, when the invasion of Iraq was getting under way, I signed up with the Missouri Army National Guard, and have remained with them since, continuing as a Military Policeman. I am also full-time corrections officer, a member of the Anglican Church, and at one time was an Instructor Candidate in Dekiti-Tirsia Serradas Kali (until my instructor moved away). My hobbies (beyond blogging) include strength training, shooting sports, martial arts, creating digital art, and being a huge science and science-fiction geek.

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