Gun Owners' Mindset:
We Do Not Abide

Demonstrators stand on the capitol grounds ahead of a pro gun rally,
Monday, Jan. 20, 2020, in Richmond, Va. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

By Nicolas Johnson. June 22, 2020

If you ever call yourself a "law-abiding" gun owner, stop. It's degrading. It insults the shooting community, and it hurts private gun ownership. Stop now and never use that phrase again.

Mindset: We Do Not Abide

"To abide" is "to bear patiently," "to endure without yielding," or "to accept without objection," according to the online Merriam-Webster dictionary. suggests alternatives like "to submit", "to put up with," "to receive," "to take," "to stomach," "to swallow."

If you like to take it, swallow and submit (outside of playtime), then perhaps you are "law abiding." You probably also have dirty knees from all your kneeling.

Abiding is about compliance, obedience, and subservience. It's submitting out of obligation instead of acting powerfully from choice.

'Law-Abiding Slave'

Subjects and slaves abide. "Yes, Master. I abide by your laws.' Free, empowered, responsible citizens don't abide by the law, we make the law.

We are the law.

(The theory/game of democracy says we do this when we vote.) .....

'Law abiding' could well be regarded as an example of the various 'labels' that are used which are either incorrect or simply unsuitable. We also have 'gun violence' - a ridiculous term to describe an inanimate object. Even 'gun-control' - an over used term by the anti-rights groups, along with 'assault' weapon... and so on.


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