Apr 14

The power of the person. Escape from powerlessness.

Gun owners have an ideal method of educating non-gun owners in gun ownership. One of the most pressing and powerful questions is what it is about guns. The answer – gun owners know intuitively – is taking your prospect to the shooting range. But there is something found at the range that is very, very understated, and which must be emphasized artfully. And soon.

Because what it is about guns isn’t even about guns. It is about the power of the person. This is an expanded excerpt from my monograph The CPR Corollary  [page 39].

If I had to summarize the case for a nationwide concealed carry issue, I would choose this concept. This will not work on statists and leftists because they have positively no interest in personal independence, even for themselves and their children. But it does work in the minds and hearts of those who are genuinely interested in regaining theirs.

When we talk about the power of the person, many listeners think immediately of abstracts such as letter writing, protest, political involvement, the Vote, walking districts, and other actions which exercise the first amendment. The power of the person in a nation of self-rule comes much more in the second amendment, and non-violently so.

The power of the person can be discovered and experienced on the shooting range when one is firing a handgun for the very first time and under supervision. The first thing a student notices is the recoil of the weapon when fired, the noise, the smoke, and the awareness that the thing went off when it was supposed to, among other experiences at once.

But shortly thereafter – perhaps in a moment or several hours later – there comes a realization. That realization involves the awareness that the gun is not as described by anti-gun activists and that one is much more in control of the thing than gun control had said. It is a moment of self-discovery as much as anything else. It seems to blow a great many false statistics to pieces by experiencing the concept for yourself.

This realization is the concept of a lethal force in your control which can give you control of a life-threatening situation when there was none before. It soon dawns on the student: a) one need not be at the mercy of seemingly irresistible forces, and; b) they’ve been lied to by the anti-violence crowd about weapons, values, figures, law and most of all issues. One need not be at the mercy of violent crime nor the political forces which fool the people into doing nothing to resist violence, thereby effecting political and societal change which goes against our better judgment.

Many come to realize that conditions of violence now seem to have no power over them as before. Not an instant solution, but certainly an open door to a whole new values system and knowledge base upon which one is now freer to make better choices. Put another way, personal independence from the pressures of those hostile to independence itself; being more skeptical of anti-violence programs and gun control. The power of the person is an injection of critical thinking. It soon becomes clear how we have been played for our cooperation and – like a breath of fresh air – becomes an escape from a sense of powerlessness.

Sure, it takes a little work, and you’ll spend a few thousand, but so many citizens today are willing to learn, practice and improve if it means improving personal safety, personal dignity and personal power in seemingly powerless conditions. This is where gun owners are good will ambassadors for Independence, and this kind of independence and critical thinking means better self-rule.

The product of a healthier self-rule is safer streets and safer futures. It begins at the range in one teaching another for discovery of the power of the person – character, education, response over reaction, good judgment, skill and self-restraint, personal independence, and the escape from a sense of powerlessness – all free to grow within them.

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