The following correspondence originally took place upon my Facebook wall…
Keith M.: You Will Love This One!
“My next door neighbor wants to BAN all GUNS! Their house is NOT ARMED! Out of RESPECT for their opinions, I promise NOT to use MY GUNS to PROTECT THEM.”
Rayn: Wow! While it is somewhat amusing, and the message is clever, I don’t really think it’s too cool. This guy is pretty much violating his neighbor’s privacy, and turning him into a target. It is as if he is tampering with the outcome of an event in order to make his so-called “righteous” viewpoint the correct one…very snaky. I have noticed that the vast majority of people who truly hold gun rights dear do so because of their respect for human life, and desire to protect it – meaning, themselves, their family, and beyond, against criminals. They own their weapon because of their desire not to see violence. This man’s neighbor isn’t a criminal, so why is he targeting him for victimization? Are his viewpoints about gun control too “criminal” for this man to tolerate? Why doesn’t he use intelligent discussion and debate to address the issue at hand? Has that somehow failed? I doubt it.
I don’t know the background of this apparent family fued, but unless this man’s neighbor specifically publicly targeted him about his ownership of firearms, this seems like it isn’t the right thing to do. The criminals are the enemy, so why give them information, or ammunition, for attack! What’s next? Will he hire someone to dress up and rob his neighbor, so he can chase them off with his trusty weapon, and say, “I told you so,” converting his neighbor over to the “right side.” Let’s just hope this guy isn’t truly fanatical, or his neighbor is in a lot of trouble!
As Nietschze wisely said, “Beware that, when fighting monsters, you yourself do not become a monster.”
We would all do well to “love thy neighbor”!