emasculation: a true confession

What is the core interest in gun control? Emily Johnson describes her “conversion from gun-hater to gun-user” and provides a clue as she struggles with reality.

“There is one more thing that Chris likes about his gun. It makes him feel tough. He’s kind of a manly man, and firepower, whether you intend to use it or not, is a pretty manly thing. This is the tiniest part of why Chris is a gun owner, but it’s there, and it’s the part that I don’t like, and that I can’t approve of.”

This one goes deep. It is a part of the war on boys and men in modern culture. It is a part of the war on heroes and chivalry and the sort of cultural decency that Walter Williams described (see below).

“So, along with not trusting other gun owners to handle their guns properly, I also don’t trust them to shake off that feeling of power that a gun gives them – power over other lives. In the end, that’s the real problem with guns – their corrupting force.”

Guns do not have a force in and of themselves. They are tools that have value not only in their utility but also in their technology and craftsmanship. Corruption — evil — is not a matter of temptation but rather of humans to rise above it. By ‘simply wanting guns gone’ or by placing requirements such as licensing or selection, the responsibility of the individual is being usurped with that of government. Arguably, corruption in government is much more difficult a problem than it is in an individual.

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