Firearms and Protection:
Civilization affords the luxury of not having to assume complete responsibility for everything.
Meat comes from the market after the animals are raised, slaughtered, butchered and
wrapped. Produce is farmed, harvested, transported and displayed for us. Fire departments
stand ready to drive trucks that cost more than our home and help to put out our fires. Police
patrol our neighborhoods to keep us safe from those who won't play by the rules.
For “thin spots” in our civilization, where these systems prove inadequate, we may raise our
own food, install smoke detectors and fire extinguishers and employ security devices and
personal firearms. If civilization as we know it were to collapse, the full burden of its services
falls upon the individual. Mike Arnold of Staying Alive, Inc. puts it this way: “The reason I
carry a gun is because they are easier to carry than a policeman.” MORE