Armed: 1. (adj) equipped with or carrying a weapon or weapons.
I shot a gun seven times in my life.
Now, there’s an odd sentence.
What do I remember about the experience? I recall it as being fun.
I pointed a gun at a tin can and shot five times before I finally hit the thing. There was a real sense of satisfaction upon knocking over the former bean container.
I wanted to do it again.
If I really believed that being armed was a choice of recreation, I could completely comprehend the desire.
What I have trouble with is when people tell me they want to be armed so they can prepare to be dangerous.
After many years of dealing with human beings, I can tell you–we were never meant to be dangerous. Matter of fact, there is a real danger in us being dangerous, Why?
1. We are impetuous.
We do many things and are sorry later. It’s just hard to apologize for shooting someone.
2. We feel powerful about the wrong things.
The best gift we have is our ability to negotiate life and get along with others. Feeling the power of being armed sometimes makes us unwilling to be pliable.
3. We need good thoughts.
As long as we feel protected by a weapon, we will not use our better angels to fly in and solve our problems. And if we do, it may be in the back of our minds that we are still armed.
I know the classic saying is, “Guns don’t kill people; people kill people.”
I can’t argue with that.
But long before we actually kill one another, we can develop an attitude of intolerance because we feel endorsed by our weaponry.
- It makes us nasty when we could be gentle.
- It makes us pushy when we might achieve compromise.
- And it makes us confident in implements of anger instead of instruments of peace.
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