An armed society is a polite society

Those who want to violate the right of every human to carry whatever kind of weapon they choose, everywhere they go, have all manner of emotional pleas at their disposal.

And their scenarios always fail when exposed to reality.

Just before Christmas last year, Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., reacted to the suggestion of having armed guards in government schools.

“Is this the answer; that America should become an armed camp?” she whined.

Kent McManigal

Kent McManigal

I admit it — I laughed. Obviously she has never spent time in an armed camp — other than being surrounded by her automatic-weapons-bearing security detail, I mean.

But I have. Many times. And it was wonderful and peaceful. If you have never been to a mountain man rendezvous or some similar event, you wouldn’t know what I’m talking about. Everyone is armed with multiple “historical” (and still lethal) firearms, and it’s probable everyone also has weapons of modern design either hidden on their person or in camp.

People there are friendly. Strangers are openly welcomed, without fear. Disputes are cordial, or at least resolved before they get out of control.

No one stole from anyone at any of the events I attended, even though valuables were left unattended in plain sight.

No one attacked anyone.

All rules are by unanimous consent, as are all fees, and agreed to beforehand and not changed. While there are those whose “job” it is to arbitrate disputes, prevent fights, and make sure the rules are followed, I almost never saw them doing anything “official.”

If someone does break a rule, they are asked to either stop or leave. No one uses force on them nor cages them. The knowledge that if they caused a real problem they would not be able to recruit a helpless victim takes the bluster away.

Author Robert A. Heinlein is credited with saying “An armed society is a polite society,” and he is right.

I only wish every American could experience living for a while in a universally armed camp. All it would take is a week of such an experience and almost no one — other than anti-liberty, ideology driven politicians and citizen disarmament advocates like Feinstein and her gang — would ever again want to give up such a life.

No one would ever be able to propose or enforce another anti-gun “law” without being sent packing to North Korea where their ideas are politically correct (while still wrong).


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