Monday, August 22, 2011

Gun Owners: Are You Compensating for Something?

We've all heard it before, guys who carry guns have small penises or some variation of that. I have always laughed at that notion--usually said by people who have no clue. I am reading a book called The Cornered Cat: A Woman's Guide to Concealed Carry which is, as the name indicates a book for women who want to carry guns for self-defense. The author, Kathy Jackson, is rather humorous and discusses the common accusation that "Gun owners are compensating for something. Usually said with an evil grin and a you-know-what-I mean kind of chuckle."

Jackson admits that it is absolutely true; she is compensating for something. In fact, she is compensating for a number of things: For her kids who are too small to defend themselves, for being a sedentary middle-aged woman, for wanting a decent back-up plan if luck doesn't work, and for not "wanting to be the dead victim of the next murder the local police will be investigating after it happens."

If you believe in gun rights, what are you compensating for?

Update: Cross-posted at the PJ Tatler.



Blogger DADvocate said...

Living out in the country, I'm compensating to be able to fight off or kill wild animals without receiving serious injury to myself. I've seen bobcats and coyotes myself. There is a verified sighting of a bear in my county and a possible sighting of a mountain lion. I want to be able to go out for a walk, run, or bike ride and come back in one piece.

2:56 PM, August 22, 2011  
Blogger LissaKay said...

I'm not compensating for the fact that I do not have a penis ... I am compensating for the fact that I cannot throw a bullet 1500 feet per second.

As I just posted in response to an anti-gunner's dumbass comment, I have a responsibility to provide defense of my life and my safety. It is my responsibility, and mine alone. Further, it is my inalienable, natural, God-given right to defend myself against harm from others. The US Constitution enumerates the right to do so with use of a firearm. So, I have made the choice that a firearm will be my primary means of self-defense.

Others may prefer to call the police and home they get there before the bad guy does too much damage. Or they believe they can outrun the bad guys, or scream loudly enough that someone will come rescue them. Or that they will confine themselves to places they believe to be safe in which they will never be threatened.

In the local news today, two incidents of women being raped in their own homes by men who crawled through a window. I'm wondering how ownership, training in the use of and access to a handgun would have changed the stories being reported.

3:09 PM, August 22, 2011  
Blogger vanderleun said...

Living in Queen Anne in Seattle I am compensating for the fact that if I ever am compelled to take Mr. Mossberg out of the closet and rack it I am in a situation where it is far too late to shop for a shotgun.

3:09 PM, August 22, 2011  
Blogger Derek Alexander said...

I'm compensating for the fact that I am not strong enough to carry a policeman on my back all the time.

3:28 PM, August 22, 2011  
Blogger Greg said...

Or that I'm too poor/too unconnected to have my own dedicated security detail.

3:34 PM, August 22, 2011  
Blogger LPF said...

I'm compensating for the fact that my penis doesn't shoot jacketed hollow points at 1000fps.

3:39 PM, August 22, 2011  
Blogger Bruce Lewis said...

I'm compensating for the idiotic idea that violence doesn't solve anything. Violence is the best solution to certain problems, e.g., the problem presented by an aggressor bent on harming me or my loved ones. I assure you that thirty-one grams of steel shot traveling at 1,325 ft/sec courtesy of my Mossberg 500 will permanently and completely solve this problem.

The idea that there is something wrong with killing an aggressor is madness, and those who expound it are promoting madness.

A gun is a tool, like a shovel. You use a shovel to dig a hole in the soil in your yard. You use a gun to dig a hole in the internal organs of the feral human who comes onto the soil in your yard with the intention of harming you.

3:41 PM, August 22, 2011  
Blogger Donald Sensing said...

I am compensating for the truth of the old saying that when seconds count, the police are only minutes away.

4:08 PM, August 22, 2011  
Blogger Demonspawn said...

I'm compensating for the fact that predators can come in both four-legged and two-legged varieties.

4:33 PM, August 22, 2011  
Blogger Dr.Alistair said...

though i live in canada, which has managed to castrate males in a number of ways, and as such we cannot carry guns in the compensatory manner you allude to, i would carry gun to compensate for the fact that i may not be able to protect my family with my bare hands...and as such a good aeration would suffice.

4:48 PM, August 22, 2011  
Blogger Mom said...

I'm compensating for the fact that the last time a violence addict bumped into me, I DIDN'T have a serious answer for him. So sad that the next thug will pay the price for my earlier foolishness!

5:13 PM, August 22, 2011  
Blogger Doom said...

I'm compensating for a very limited police. They can't be everywhere, and I wouldn't want them to be if they could be. Their job is to investigate, my job is simply to live. And I'll trade a criminal's life for my own, for your life, or for other notably reliable worthy to live folks' lives. Like what God said though, I don't intend to test things, either. Live and let die?

I always thought you were missing something. A shoulder holstered 9 mm would... Well, go with something else. You are fine in that department. Never... mind...

5:31 PM, August 22, 2011  
Blogger Tamquam said...

Derned tootin' I'm compensating for something. Living as I do in a city all too familiar with super sadistic serial murderers I decided, once I was married, that if any such malefactor entered my family's home, that I would do everything possible to protect my wife from has happened to other women. Before I married I didn't own a gun, figuring that in such a case I would defend myself as best I was able and live or die by the result. That devil may care attitude is simply not acceptable when I have my family's life depending on my ability to defend them. I'm compensating for my inability to be Superman without a powerful equalizer that only a firearm can provide.

8:09 PM, August 22, 2011  
Blogger daniel_day said...

I'm compensating for not being able to kick, punch, numchuk- and stick-fight like Bruce Lee in Enter The Dragon as my opponents come at me one or two at a time, from just two directions, armed with nothing but fists, feet, numchuks or sticks, along with, let's not forget, time-outs to rest and re-dos when the director thinks something went wrong.

8:53 PM, August 22, 2011  
Blogger booboo said...

In possession of a nine inch organ of procreation and revelry, I compensate by having a snub nosed revolver.

I figure it's only fair to the little people.

10:38 PM, August 22, 2011  
Blogger Zorro said...

"This is the .44 magnum, the most powerful handgun in the world, and can blow your head clean off...

Tell him he has a small penis.

12:48 AM, August 23, 2011  
Blogger Unknown said...

Please help me for Christ sake

7:39 AM, August 23, 2011  
Blogger sykes.1 said...

You might want to ponder the fact that the Bill of Rights protects gun ownership but not the right to vote.

Evidently, the Founding Fathers and all the people who voted for the Constitution and the Bill of Rights regarded gun ownership as a far more fundamental right than the right to vote. I agree.

8:36 AM, August 23, 2011  
Blogger Zendo Deb said...

I am compensating for the fact that I am a bit overweight, and have injured both knees in the past. (Falling on skis is really hard on the knees.)

So I can't run away. I have no option but to stand and fight. I am compensating for my bad knees.

9:24 AM, August 23, 2011  
Blogger Doc Merlin said...

"I am compensating for the fact that I can't throw a rock at 1,200 feet per second." :-(

9:26 AM, August 23, 2011  
Blogger Kristophr said...

I am compensating for the fact that I can't project deadly defensive force with my penis.

Sometimes a cigar is just a cigar, ma'am.

9:53 AM, August 23, 2011  
Blogger Stosh2 said...

I guess I'm a bit slow and don't get the premise.

You exercise your legal rights - what are you compensating for?

You own a house - what are you compensating for?

You wear your hair long - what are you compensating for?

I'd reject the question on its face.

10:44 AM, August 23, 2011  
Blogger Tirno said...

I have been been advised by counsel that if there were ever a situation where I had to resort to using my rubinetto in defense of my life, the cops and the jury simply would not understand or be sympathetic. Unreasonable and excessive force, they say. What about the bystanders, they say. Too much risk of overpenetration, they say. How will we ever get the stains out of the ceiling tiles, they say.

Therefore, I must resort to a lesser, but more commonly understood, means of self-defense: a .45 ACP pistol. It is effective, and the mortuaries appreciate having to use only one coffin to contain the (attempted) assailant.

I understand that there are underprivileged men that are intimidated by this. A .25 ACP pistol is intimidating to them, being so much more powerful than themselves. The psychology is well understood, but they should not project themselves on the rest of us. Perhaps they would be comforted by a feather duster, which, while not a challenge to their personal magnitude, is regretfully useless against a fly, so they resort to nothing.

This disparity is not merely a matter of manliness. A red-blooded American woman possesses similar personal magnitude, and similarly must resort to lesser means of personal defense. Of course, against such fierce beauty, an .88 Magnum is a minute thing. And yes, there are women of a more tremulous, small nature, which we should feel pity for, and hope misfortune never visits them.

10:52 AM, August 23, 2011  
Blogger DADvocate said...

Zendo - at 60 years old, I can't run very well either, not very far and not very fast. I can still fight, but why should a allow a fair fight with someone who would attack a 60 year old man?

11:12 AM, August 23, 2011  
Blogger Roman said...

An old saying: "When seconds count, the police are only minutes away".

11:40 AM, August 23, 2011  
Blogger Casey Klahn said...

I never ask myself why I have a gun. I ask myself if I have enough gun.

For instance, when I had to draw on a 650 lbs. cinnamon bear last Spring. I asked myself lots of questions. Such as "is this really happening to me?" "What is the closing time for seventy yards at a rate of 20 MPH?" "What will my first shot placement be?"

I had to ask myself, "do I feel lucky?" Short story shorter, I withdrew slowly, ceding the day to Big Head Red.

11:53 AM, August 23, 2011  
Blogger Firehand said...

Doc beat me to it. Though, being an advocate of the .45, I'd have said '900 feet per second'.

12:18 PM, August 23, 2011  
Blogger Lady said...

I own my life and this body. I am the only one responsible for it and my safety. That's why I carry a gun and am trained to use it well. That's why I remain aware of my surroundings and take reasonable precautions not to be in the way of danger if I can prevent it.

2:00 PM, August 23, 2011  
Blogger The Wine Commonsewer said...

I'm compensating because absent a body leaking fluids in the street, the cops aren't coming. Ever.

That and the rattlesnakes and coyotes.

And the strung out tweaker that was breaking beer bottles in the street that one night. Turned out he was wanted on a warrant from Phoenix for raping old ladies.

2:27 PM, August 23, 2011  
Blogger Armed Texan said...

I'm compensating for the fact the police do not magically teleport to my location the moment I dial 911.

5:16 PM, August 23, 2011  
Blogger David said...

I am compensating for the chronically low level of lead in criminals.

5:26 PM, August 23, 2011  
Blogger Brian Dunbar said...

"Are you ..."

Of course I'm compensating.

If I could kill people at fifty yards with my penis I wouldn't need a gun.

The answer is gauche. But then so is the question.

9:58 PM, August 23, 2011  
Blogger Firehand said...

All of which reminds me of a story: Sheriff shows up at a church social and is wearing his sidearm. A somewhat miffed woman asks "Why are you wearing that? Are you expecting trouble?"
"No, ma'am, if I was expecting trouble I'd have brought the shotgun."

10:18 PM, August 23, 2011  
Blogger Robert W. said...

I am a Canadian, have never own or even fired a gun, but I DEEPLY APPLAUD all of those who choose to legally own a firearm.

It truly boggles my mind, with the recent evidence in England of law-abiding citizens unable to defend themselves, how anyone would come to the fore to make stupid jokes about a gun owner's private parts.

10:58 PM, August 23, 2011  
Blogger Wayne said...

Compensating? Dunno. But if I had a big dick, I'd still want to carry a big gun.

4:17 PM, August 24, 2011  
Blogger ruralcounsel said...

Compensating for a dangerous uncivilized society with a defective criminal justice system and an unfathomable aversion to self-defense by a staggeringly idiotic or portion of the population...

Why these folks choose to fear law-abiding citizens who are armed more than they do feral psychopathic criminals who are armed is beyond rational explanation. It's like blaming the vaccine for the desease.

6:41 PM, August 24, 2011  
Blogger Dan said...

I'm compensating for things like this:

7:56 PM, August 24, 2011  
Blogger Steve Parker, M.D. said...

A handgun is a lot easier to carry around than a policeman.


11:18 AM, August 30, 2011  
Blogger philmon said...

I'm compensating for the fact that criminals have no qualms about carrying them and in this day and age have ample reason to believe that their victims are not.

Come on, progressives. I'm only "leveling the playing field". :-)

11:13 AM, August 31, 2011  

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