I first encountered these words compliments of Kim DuToit (a favorite blogger – if you don’t visit his site often, you should!).

Today, via Lawdog, I had an opportunity to read a superbly written post titled Why the Gun is Civilization, written by the munchkin wrangler.

Here’s an excerpt to tease you and convince you  to read it.  I recommend that you take the time to read through the comments also, as his argument is reinforced there.

People who argue for the banning of arms ask for automatic rule by the young, the strong, and the many, and that’s the exact opposite of a civilized society.

Without guns involved, confrontations are won by the physically superior party inflicting overwhelming injury on the loser.

If both are armed, the field is level. The gun is the only weapon that’s as lethal in the hands of an octogenarian as it is in the hands of a weightlifter. It simply wouldn’t work as well as a force equalizer if it wasn’t both lethal and easily employable.