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Re: Weapons

Jun 13, 1997 01:00 AM
by Tom Robertson

On Fri, 13 Jun 1997 02:52:41 -0400 (EDT) writes:

>Alan wrote:

>>The more people have weapons, the more weapons will be used by
>>people, usually against other people.  Not very "theosophical" IMO.

>I agree with you on this issue, Alan.

This is simplistic.  It depends on the intent of those who have the guns.
 The more people who have guns who will only use them for self-defense,
assuming as many of those who will use them for immoral purposes have
them as they do in the United States, the safer society will be.

>To declare, as a T/theosophist, that I love humanity, work for and
>toward peace and understanding, and then go on and reckon that it is
>necessary to pack heat - just in case - seems a bit schizophrenic to me.

That's because you haven't distinguished between the different motives of
having weapons.  Those who advocate not killing anyone for any reason
should, to be consistent, also advocate that the human body not kill any
viruses.  The end result is the same: if poison is allowed to infect the
whole body, it will die.  For the sake of the survival of the human race,
criminals should be removed from it.

>if I ever do pick up a gun, fear has
>triumphed.  Freedom to me is simply no longer being afraid.

Even if there is something to be afraid of?

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