Those goofy Marines, what the hell are they thinking? Of course, they are no worse than the Army or the soldiers from other nations. They think they are fooling us but hey, we know the truth. They are just out there having fun and wasting tax money.
You see, we know, because we are told every time the subject comes up, that if you want to or need to protect yourself and others, what you need is a gun. You've heard it from self-professed experts as well as from NRA members and perhaps even from those who are just generally looking for a way to dampen some of their fear. They say that if just one or two teachers had had guns then the Columbine and Virginia Tech shootings would have gone very differently. They say that what was needed in Tucson was more guns and more rounds and if there had been, the judge and the schoolgirl would still be with us. Those folks will fight tooth and nail to make sure that no firearms legislation gets any traction because the public has a right to protect itself and like I say, they will give the massacres mentioned, as well as all of those I didn't mention, as examples. I have also heard from self-professed experts that our guns are our protection from the military and/or other government agents who seek to repress or abuse us in ways foreseen and unimagined.
To be honest, all of that sounds fair and reasonable, right? But if I'm to continue in my honesty, I have to admit this one little thing, insignificant really, that gives me pause. It is probably some mistake I have made because it just seems to be for me that things don't quite add up. You see, the Marines spend a lot of time running. They spend an inordinate amount of time and effort climbing over stuff or crawling under stuff. They do pullups and pushups and other calisthenics for no apparent reason. They go to classrooms and study esoteric and meaningless seeming crap. They even "train" to fight people with their hands empty or just using a knife. Pretty dumb huh? I mean after all, they get issued not just a gun, but one that fires full automatic if they want it to as well as the handgun that is probably all they really need.
That is the wasted tax money I was talking about earlier. Obviously, if one teacher with a Glock can stop a VA Tech type shooting, then that has to be all that the Marines need to protect the citizens of Afghanistan or Iraq from the bad guys, right? Why bother with all of that silly training and physical fitness and stuff? Unless, and I know this is where I am missing something, there is some reason for all of it that the self-professed experts are missing.
Sarcasm aside, there is something incredibly pitiful about some overweight and out of shape idiot lying to themselves that the Glock that they get out and practice with twice a year, if that often, is going to allow them to fight off a young, ripped, motivated soldier or Marine that is constantly undergoing either training and education in martial theories and practice or, actual combat. Even if the average American could actually get the level of weaponry available to our military and special tactics police, without the constant training, you would need an incredible level of luck to be anything more than an early target. If your luck is that good, you're better off playing the lottery than playing with guns.
I shoot. I have access to a variety of weapons with which I can (and do) practice, handguns, shotguns, and rifles. I'm not in any danger of being called up by the military to be a sniper but, I'm a better than average shot. If the nation sends the Marines after me, I'm screwed. If I'm sitting in a room constructed of two foot thick concrete walls with a year's worth of food, water, a hundred guns and a million rounds of ammo, I'm screwed. This really should not be difficult to understand. I'm not anti-gun but I would like to see the stupid go away.
There was a citizen with a weapon nearby during the recent Tucson shooting. He ran to the situation and saw three people in a struggle, one of whom was holding a gun. He decided to hold off on a firing solution because a clear shot which endangered no one else was not possible. Good thing, in the struggling trio, the guy with the gun had just disarmed the shooter. Things could have gotten very ugly if our armed citizen had had just a little more of the John Wayne to him. His gun did not, DID NOT stop the shooting, unarmed citizens did that.
There are perfectly good arguments to be made for having a given firearm, honest arguments. But if you really think you are going to protect yourself from the military or protect your community from an armed and determined crazy, you are probably too dumb to actually make said argument or, to be allowed to own a firearm.