Teach the Children
The clerk asked the boy about his request, and the child explained that the pretty ones (Swordtails) were the girls, and the big ones (Koi) were the boys. Nodding knowingly, the store clerk netted one boy and one girl and satisfied his diminutive customer.
The small boy, approximately 5 years old, had not yet been to our government run schools so that the government approved teachers could teach him that there is no difference between boys and girls. He’ll be taught that boys can marry boys, and girls can marry girls if they like, because there is no difference between them. And any attempt to make a difference using beauty or strength as a reference is hurtful to people and should be avoided.
Those same teachers will also teach him that “guns are bad, and good people don’t carry guns around.” Then they will add, “guns are dangerous to people around them. That’s why people in the post office picking up their mail aren’t wearing guns. The government, who is there to protect us, doesn’t allow bad people to carry guns in the post office, or the library so that good people don’t get hurt by those guns Only the police should wear guns.
I’ve never been a fan of open carry. For starters there are too many “hoplophobes” (a word coined by Jeff Cooper to describe people with a fear of guns). I wear long sleeves so that my tattoos don’t attract attention. Wearing my Smith & Wesson M&P openly would defeat that idea. But I grew up seeing guns on the hips of all of my childhood heroes. John Wayne. Roy Rogers. Randolph Scott. The characters played by these people defended women, children, and men oppressed by evil men. Guns saved lives, and saved farms from unscrupulous bankers who hired union thugs to dam up the stream and dry up the farmland. (I own a pair of single-action revolvers, and a double holster rig. I love wearing them. I should have been a cowboy.)
I believe that guns are good (and that there is a difference between boys and girls.) I wear a gun every day. Perhaps you do, too. But should we begin to wear our guns openly? The question begs to be asked: if our children don’t see good people wearing guns as they go about their daily lives, will they accept defensive firearms as normal or will they be trained by the government approved teacher that “only the police should wear guns“, (and that there is no difference between boys and girls).