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Tue Apr 9, 2019, 05:12 PM

How Americas Gun Culture Cultivates Civic Virtue

Many people are often surprised to learn that I am a gun owner and firm defender of the Second Amendment. After all, I, a first-generation Chinese-American immigrant, do not fit the stereotype of the typical American gun owner. Of all of America’s cherished freedoms, the natural and unalienable right of self-defense, recognized and protected (not granted) by the Second Amendment, took me the longest to fully embrace.

From the colonists winning independence from Great Britain to African-Americans vindicating their civil rights, the role of the gun is inseparable from American identity. The gun is the ultimate multipurpose tool that empowers its user with the means to put food on the table, as well as preserve one’s life, whether against common street criminals or government tyranny. The philosophical underpinnings and lived experiences that shaped American gun culture all matter (and reinforce each other), but I want to focus on one aspect in particular: the cultivation of civic virtue.

Owning and shooting a gun promotes self-reliance, personal responsibility, and community. Whenever I go to a gun range, I see parents teaching their young children how to shoot, men instructing their significant others, and people of all colors and ethnicities enjoying themselves. Nervous skeptics usually end up leaving with a big smile on their faces.
https://fee.org/articles/how-america-s-gun-culture-cultivates-civic-virtue/

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Response to 357blackhawk (Original post)

Tue Apr 9, 2019, 05:17 PM

1. Save your breath. Lefty not only resents an armed population they hate

the self reliant. Nothing irks them more than people who don't need them to play God.

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Response to Charlie Mike (Reply #1)

Wed Apr 10, 2019, 12:11 AM

2. Good point.

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Response to 357blackhawk (Original post)

Thu Apr 11, 2019, 10:34 AM

3. I mostly agree with the author, but take exception to the "personal responsibility" arguement

I've seen too much dangerous gun handling at the range and while hunting to link personal responsibility and gun ownership together. Sure, most owners are responsible, but entirely too many are not. The shear numbers of accidental and negligent shootings means there still a lot of work to be done.

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