Saturday, January 2, 2010

God versus Smith and Wesson

News Article in the UK Times Online:
Toddler kills cousin with father's gun

The toddler son of a US police officer shot and killed his three year old cousin with the gun his father had left in the family car.

Police were called to a house in Louisiana at 2.30 pm local time on Thursday after the three-year-old boy gunned down his cousin when they were playing in their front garden.

In the comments, someone identifying himself as "harish lathia" wrote:
Dear all American Brothers and Sisters

Please get rid of these guns.
You are a very intelligent and rich/ educated people, please TRUST IN GOD, not guns.
Do not fear, but analyse yourselves and you will see that your essence is a spark of divinity as you are human beings.

With this knowledge and your other endowments you can lead us to a better world.

You do not need guns.

Harish Lathia
If any one of mankind's gods exists -- a big if in my opinion -- It doesn't seem to care much about human beings. So, even if God exists, I am still on my own.

Self defense is a natural function as fundamental to the human animal as eating, sleeping and excreting. It cannot be delegated. Turning the other cheek and giving the criminal what he wants is a fool's game. You may believe it will buy you an eternity in Paradise but in the real world it will get you hurt or killed.

In the Movie version of Watchmen, the character Rorshach tells a prison psychiatrist about an early case involving a kidnapped girl and her killer. He summed up the lesson of that case thusly:
You see, Doctor, God didn't kill that little girl. Fate didn't butcher her and destiny didn't feed her to those dogs. If God saw what any of us did that night he didn't seem to mind. From then on I knew... God doesn't make the world this way. We do.
Good advice. In any encounter with a criminal, given a choice between trusting in God or trusting in a Smith and Wesson revolver, I'll pick the revolver. I have evidence it works.

H/T to David Codrea

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