Thanks to Dedicated Dad, I’ve learned that Front Sight Firearms Training Institute is sending out advertising newsletters for their training courses that include the full text of my “Why The Gun is Civilization” essay.
Here’s the full text of their newsletter:
March 31, 2008
Dr. Ignatius Piazza
Founder and Director<<LINK removed>>Get Civilized! Get a Gun and Training…
As the Supreme Court hears arguments for and against the
Washington DC Gun Ban, I offer you another stellar example
of a letter (written by a Marine) that places the proper
perspective on what a gun means to a civilized society.
Read this eloquent and profound letter and pay close
attention to the last paragraph of the letter…
If you want be a true, civilized individual, then get your
gun and training at:<<LINK removed>>
The Gun is Civilization by Maj. L. Caudill USMC (Ret)
Human beings only have two ways to deal with one another:
reason and force. If you want me to do something for you,
you have a choice of either convincing me via argument, or
force me to do your bidding under threat of force. Every
human interaction falls into one of those two categories,
without exception. Reason or force, that’s it.
In a truly moral and civilized society, people exclusively
interact through persuasion. Force has no place as a valid
method of social interaction, and the only thing that
removes force from the menu is the personal firearm, as
paradoxical as it may sound to some.
When I carry a gun, you cannot deal with me by force. You
have to use reason and try to persuade me, because I have
a way to negate your threat or employment of force.
The gun is the only personal weapon that puts a 100-pound
woman on equal footing with a 220-pound mugger, a 75-year
old retiree on equal footing with a 19-year old gang
banger, and a single guy on equal footing with a
carload of drunk guys with baseball bats. The gun removes
the disparity in physical strength, size, or numbers
between a potential attacker and a defender.
There are plenty of people who consider the gun as the
source of bad force equations. These are the people who
think that we’d be more civilized if all guns were removed
from society, because a firearm makes it easier for a
[armed] mugger to do his job. That, of course, is only
true if the mugger’s potential victims are mostly disarmed
either by choice or by legislative fiat–it has no
validity when most of a mugger’s potential marks are
People who argue for the banning of arms ask for automatic
rule by the young, the strong, and the many, and that’s
the exact opposite of a civilized society. A mugger, even
an armed one, can only make a successful living in a
society where the state has granted him a force monopoly.
Then there’s the argument that the gun makes
confrontations lethal that otherwise would only result in
injury. This argument is fallacious in several ways.
Without guns involved, confrontations are won by the
physically superior party inflicting overwhelming injury
on the loser.
People who think that fists, bats, sticks, or stones don’t
constitute lethal force watch too much TV, where people
take beatings and come out of it with a bloody lip at
worst. The fact that the gun makes lethal force easier
works solely in favor of the weaker defender, not the
stronger attacker. If both are armed, the field is level.
The gun is the only weapon that’s as lethal in the hands
of an octogenarian as it is in the hands of a weight
lifter. It simply wouldn’t work as well as a force
equalizer if it wasn’t both lethal and easily employable.
When I carry a gun, I don’t do so because I am looking for
a fight, but because I’m looking to be left alone. The gun
at my side means that I cannot be forced, only persuaded.
I don’t carry it because I’m afraid, but because it
enables me to be unafraid. It doesn’t limit the actions of
those who would interact with me through reason, only the
actions of those who would do so by force. It removes
force from the equation…and that’s why carrying a gun is
a civilized act.
By Maj. L. Caudill USMC (Ret)
So the greatest civilization is one where all citizens are
equally armed and can only be persuaded, never forced.
Get civilized… go to this link and take advantage of my
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I look forward to seeing you at Front Sight.
Dr. Ignatius Piazza
Founder and Director
Front Sight Firearms Training Institute
While I’m flattered that Front Sight deems my material good enough to use for commercial purposes, it does not please me at all that Front Sight a.) misattributes the essay, and b.) uses it to make money without asking the copyright owner for permission to do so.
Their web page doesn’t include an individual contact email for this Dr. Piazza. I’d type up an indignant email, but I’d rather send it to the right person than just shoot it into their general direction.
(UPDATE: I fired off an email to the originating address anyway. I titled it “Copyright Infringement and You.”)
Needless to say, I’m not wildly enthusiastic about giving Front Sight any business. If their ethics are so lax that they swipe third-party material for their own purposes without even the hint of an effort to gain permission, it doesn’t reflect well on their operation in its entirety.
But that’s just my opinion…you know those narcissistic writer types. Always wanting credit for their work, and stuff. What’s next, asking for payment?