If you’ve followed my work for any length of time, you know that I constantly compare the defensive firearm to a fire extinguisher. Each is a piece of emergency life-saving rescue equipment, designed to allow first responders to stave off death until society’s designated responders can get there with their special equipment and intensive training, to take over.
This debate point works well on the gun owners’ civil rights issue. The reason is that there are maybe 10% dedicated “anti-gun” on one side of the bell curve, 10% of us just as dedicated “pro-gun” people on the other, and perhaps 80% of people in the middle. The defensive gun/fire extinguisher analogy reminds those in the middle that they’re already practicing what we’re practicing – preparing to deal with life-threatening situations on our own when there isn’t time for society’s designated professionals to get there – and they’re simply using different equipment. It helps them to better understand the reality of the issue, and why we pro-gunners stand where we do.
In a similar vein, in my past writings – maybe even in the pages of Backwoods Home, I’ve compared the theory of banning guns to prevent accidental fatal shootings to banning private swimming pools to prevent fatal drownings.
TTAG, The Truth About Guns, recently came to the same conclusion. They published the following, by a pediatrician no less: https://www.thetruthaboutguns.com/no-one-really-needs-to-have-a-pool-in-their-yard/.
Feel free to pass it around: on the Internet, and on the op-ed and letters to the editor pages of your local newspaper.
It’s common sense. It’s logic. Get it to the people who need to see it, the folks outside the choir to whom we often preach.
And a tip of our hat to TTAG for putting this doctor’s wise and logical commentary in mainstream.