David Yamane and I were guests on the “In Sickness And In Health” podcast, which is an attempt to deal with gun-related violence in America from a medical point of view. In her previous series, Dr. Celine Gouder, the host, did a pretty good job dealing with the increase in opioid addiction in America, so I agreed to be on her podcast.
However, in this episode, Dr. Gounder incorrectly characterized my stance on universal background checks: I don’t support them at all, and I definitely do NOT believe in required training for firearms ownership. I believe the dojo model should be voluntary because after all, you don’t need a license to throw a punch, and fists and feet kill far more people than AR-15s do.
Update: Dr. Gounder has changed the podcast and the transcript to correctly state my belief that training should be encouraged, not required. I applaud this effort, and she deserves praise for correcting this issue.
Also, in my opinion, she gave too much time to a military veteran who not only refuses to own a gun in civilian life but also believes that the military’s rules on firearms management and safety is an excellent model for civilians.
Not. Happening. Not unless I can get my hands on an M163 Vulcan Air Defense System if I do so. Then we talk.
The fact is, the military’s purpose for using firearms is far different than my purpose for owning a gun. The military is issued guns for specific purposes, like taking a hill or storming a beach, and unless you’re an MP standing guard or you’re doing overwatch at a firebase, you’re disarmed if you’re a soldier relaxing in a barracks. Not exactly the same reasons why I carry a gun. The idea that the mission drives the equipment is built into the strategy and tactics of the military, so by the military’s own rules, my reasons to carry a firearm are far, far different than a helicopter pilot’s reasons to carry a firearm with him on a mission. Therefore, the military’s rules on how and when a gun should be used really aren’t my rules.
Nor do I want them to be.
To a larger point, though, we are not going to move the needle on how guns are viewed in America if we don’t try swing that needle in our direction. Andrew Breitbart taught us that politics is downstream from culture: It’s time for gun owners to send an expedition to the headwaters of American culture and change where the river is flowing. Yes, I realize, my words may come back to haunt me, but I refuse to be a REMF in the culture war on guns.
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