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Ethics from the Barrel of a Gun

Resource: http://www.catb.org/~esr/guns/gun-ethics.html
I was reading some reader comments on my essay Because I Carry A Gun a few days ago and someone compared it to an essay by Eric S. Raymond on gun ethics.  I was extremely flattered since a book by Raymond called "The Art of Unix Programming"  shaped my programming style more than any of the hundred or so texts I've read on the subject over the years.  Then I was disappointed in myself for not knowing this essay existed when it was written by someone who influenced my career so much. 

The short version of all that is this essay about gun ethics and the importance of the Second Amendment was written by a really freaking smart guy with a revolutionary mind.

Here is an excerpt from the essay that I suspect drew the comparison to my own words...



Nothing most of us will ever do combines the moral weight of life-or-death choice with the concrete immediacy of the moment as thoroughly as the conscious handling of instruments deliberately designed to kill. As such, there are lessons both merciless and priceless to be learned from bearing arms — lessons which are not merely instructive to the intellect but transformative of one's whole emotional, reflexive, and moral character.

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To believe one is incompetent to bear arms is, therefore, to live in corroding and almost always needless fear of the self — in fact, to affirm oneself a moral coward. A state further from the dignity of a free man would be rather hard to imagine. It is as a way of exorcising this demon, of reclaiming for ourselves the dignity and courage and ethical self-confidence of free (wo)men that the bearing of personal arms, is, ultimately, most important.


I highly recommend reading the full essay here




About the Author:
Michael is a career programmer who started easy bake gun club with his friends when they couldn't go shooting because of the great ammo shortage of 2012. When he isn't writing code or shooting guns, he can be found playing video games or recording sissy new wave nerd rock.