Posts Tagged ‘guns’

Yellow bellied surrender monkeys

Monday, August 11th, 2008

In the last ten years or so we have been hearing a lot of disturbing reports about Britain – reports of a society of fearful and servile subjects, of criminals acting with impunity, of the British accepting second class status to Islam.  Maybe the gun lobby is exaggerating British submission to criminals, maybe racists and war hawks are exaggerating British submission to Islam, but this story of cowardice and betrayal from Basra fits with what we have been hearing about self defense in Britain and freedom of religion in Britain.

The authors, however blame the leadership, not the troops, so perhaps with a more manly leader, such as Margaret Thatcher, the old British would reappear.  On the other hand, the similar humiliations in the Persian gulf, and the very similar cowardice and betrayal in Helmand province are worrying.  Doubtless it was the leadership that betrayed Helmand province, but was it the political leaders that caused troops to surrender on the Persian gulf?

Happiness is a warm gun

Tuesday, April 22nd, 2008

Arthur C. Brooks reports; that according to the general social survey, gun owners are substantially happier than others.

Why is it so? Reporting from my own personal experience:

  • The major reason for owning a gun is to protect those you love. Those who have someone they love, someone they would risk death for, someone they would kill for, are likely to be happier.
  • Those who know that they can defend that which they love, are likely to be happier.
  • An important indicator was that gun owners spent about 15% less of their time than nonowners “feeling outraged at something somebody had done”. Obviously this is a big contributor to happiness. If they spent 15% less of their time feeling outraged, they presumably spent something like 15% less of their time feeling powerless, impotent, and afraid.