I watched the speedboat speed down the Seekonk River. In my youth I would have wished myself on board, carving the water at Warp 5 for the sheer bloody hell of it. Now I was thinking “slow down, jerk.” The boat was rapidly approaching the area where sculls cleave the water. Although there’s no love lost between myself and the members of the Narragansett Boat Club I would hate to see rowers swamped. Well, some of them. Anyway, the boat slowed. Just like that. The captain cut power to the engine and proceeded at the proper, legal walking pace. And I thought huh, what does that tell us about American gun owners? You see the thing is . . .
There are those who believe that people must be forced to do the right thing. That laws—and the rigorous enforcement of those laws—are all that stand between society and the law of the jungle. Left to their own devices, people would rape, rob, intimidate and murder each other until the strong held complete control of the weak.
To return to the example above, some people reckon that the average person would drive their boat like hell and swamp others unless someone stopped them. The majority of boaters don’t slow down because they want to. They do it because they have to. In short, the average person can’t be trusted. They can’t be trusted with boats and they sure as Hell can’t be trusted with guns.
Gun control advocates believe that anyone who owns or God forbid carries a gun for self-protection sees other people as fundamentally evil. The gun grabbers reckon gun owners live in a delusional world filled with bad guys out to get them. When Second Amendment supporters talk about personal armed defense against a U.S. government tyranny, gun grabbers see that as cynical paranoia squared.
Not to put too fine a point on it, gun grabbers view gun owners as paranoid misfits. Asocial extremists who can’t/won’t surrender themselves to the “it takes a village” gestalt that [supposedly] protects the weak from the strong.
Truth be told, most gun owners consider most people trustworthy. Their faith in their natural, civil and Constitutionally protected right to keep and bear arms is in no small part due to their faith that the average American can keep and bear arms without inflicting violence or fear on their fellow man. They favor “easy access to guns” as an expression of mutual trust, not mutual fear.
Note: “most.” Not all. The People of the Gun share the gun grabbers’ opinion that there are individuals and groups who would prey on the weak. Who are preying on the weak. The PotG arm against them. But again, gun owners don’t see all people as potential attackers/tyrants. Gun grabbers do.
There’s commonality between these two perspectives, but no middle ground. Not to go all Biblical, gun grabbers hate the sinner not the sin. In their misguided desire to manipulate society to compensate for [what they see as] our fundamentally flawed nature gun grabbers would leave us defenseless.
Yes, well, we may live in the same society with them but we’re not all in the same boat. In fact, some of us love our fellow man so much we want them to open carry. Go figure.