Decorum and the “armed society …” thesis

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December 5, 2016
The Zelman Partisans
by YB Ben Avraham  
Posted in 2AM Commentary, Commentary

"It has been my experience that parts of the country one might describe as 'Western' are often as not in the West, geographically. Yet, one aspect common to these areas, and the people who inhabit them, is a far more refined sense of the line between being neighborly, and butting into someone else's business. Like it or not, humans both want to live in social settings, and yet have a large degree of autonomy. When that balance is struck, we do well together. When not, excuses for creating or strengthening institutions like the State, start to gain credibility. To everyone's detriment. ... The presence of guns is not the cause of a 'polite society.' It is an emblem of one." (12/04/16)

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  • dL

    Having looked briefly at the video, my first inclination is that it is staged. In any event, you don’t need a gun as a show of force to prevent that situation or resolve it. Then again, as qualifier, I’m 6’3″ 200lbs+ , lifted weights for much of my life…no one would ever do that to me…well, at least not 2 dorks like that. And, finally, I don’t advertise political messages on my clothing that might trigger a confrontation if my intent is to simply go about my business while in public.

    I see weapons as a way of equalizing self-defense for people who are physically outmatched in scenarios of bullying, theft or bodily harm. I don’t view guns per se as emblematic of polite society b/c i don’t find shooting jerks to be proportional to the offense of being impolite/jerk.

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