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THIS UNNAMED GEOLOGICAL formation is the likely result of wind, rain and time eroading away surface material to expose what at one time would have lava (magma) that had cooled and solidified. Copyright © 2010 by DL Tolleson. All Rights Reserved.
COMING INTO OR out of the Chisos Mountains, this is the northwest view and is several miles south of Panther Junction and the headquarters for Big Bend National Park. Copyright © 2010 by DL Tolleson. All Rights Reserved.
THE CLARET CUP is covered in barbed spines and blooms a reddish, cup-shaped flower from about April to June or July in Big Bend National Park. Copyright © 2010 by DL Tolleson. All Rights Reserved.
THIS VIEW FROM a formation called, “The Window,” looks out from the westside of the Chisos Mountains in Big Bend National Park. Copyright © 2010 by DL Tolleson. All Rights Reserved.
INDIAN HEAD MOUNTAIN and its southern region offers this “leaning” wall of geology at the western boundary of Big Bend National Park. The rocks of the foreground are boulders ranging from man-sized on up. Copyright © 2010 by DL Tolleson. All Rights Reserved.
MASSIVE AND TOWERING, this wall of the geology is at least a couple of hundrend feet high and situated in the Indian Head area of Big Bend National Park. Copyright © 2010 by DL Tolleson. All Rights Reserved.
WIDE-OPEN PANORAMAS and mountainous terrain such as this are routine along roadside in Big Bend National Park. Copyright © 2010 by DL Tolleson. All Rights Reserved.
THE SOUTHWEST SIDE of the Chisos Mountains, also known as the Chisos Mountain Basin and home to the lodge in Big Bend National Park. Copyright © 2011 by DL Tolleson. All Rights Reserved.
A FALLEN TREE is an impassable barrier in an otherwise debris-free dry riverbed in Big Bend National Park. Copyright © 2010 by DL Tolleson. All Rights Reserved.
INDIGENOUS TO TEXAS, New Mexico and Arizona, Javelinas in Big Bend National Park genetically differ from swine. Copyright © 2010 by DL Tolleson. All Rights Reserved.
LOST MINE TRAIL in Big Bend National Park, looking southward over Juniper Canyon, the Chisos Mountain’s Northeast Rim and into Mexico. Copyright © 2010 by DL Tolleson. All Rights Reserved.
A TREE SILHOUETTED against the night sky as seen from Chisos Basin in Big Bend National Park. Copyright © 2010 by DL Tolleson. All Rights Reserved.
THIS VIEW EAST of a volcano is an illusion of the setting sun streaming through the Chisos Basin area behind Casa Grande Peak in Big Bend National Park. Copyright © 2010 by DL Tolleson. All Rights Reserved.
WRIGHT MOUNTAIN in background at Big Bend National Park. Copyright © 2010 by DL Tolleson. All Rights Reserved.
A VIEW WESTWARD after sundown from the Indian Head area of Big Bend National Park. Copyright © 2010 by DL Tolleson. All Rights Reserved.
A CAMERA COMPENSATION for the limited light after sundown provides this view westward from the Indian Head area of Big Bend National Park. Copyright © 2010 by DL Tolleson/Camera One. All Rights Reserved.
SANTA ELENA CANYON after sunset, as seen from the Chimneys in Big Bend National Park. Copyright © 2010 by DL Tolleson/Camera One. All Rights Reserved.

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Description: Commentary » Political » Gun Control—661 words.

Commentary: This orginally appeareed in a January 13, 2015 Facebook posting, and then as a January 16, 2015 entry in The Great American Novel Blog on this web site. The DLTolleson.com entry remains available in the 2015 Archive via the Compendium.

—DL Tolleson

GUNS AND BEHAVIORAL WEAPONRY
DL Tolleson

Movies inspire me: Especially adventure/action/thriller/spy films, which motivate self-education necessary to discern fact from fiction (not surprisingly since my life is one of writing, rewriting and editing). It then follows that I like action movie stars: Humphrey Bogart, Cary Grant, John Wayne, Harrison Ford, Pierce Bronson, Sylvester Stallone, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Chuck Norris, Steven Seagal, Tom Cruise and Liam Neeson (among others).

Okay, so it is true enough that Neeson is only portraying a character in his movie. He has rightly pointed out that such a thing is, “a fantasy,” and that viewers aren’t necessarily going to, “go out and go, ‘Yeah, let’s get a gun!’”

But that obfuscates the issue. Neeson is associating a moral dilemma (the behaviors that lead to murder) with the ownership of inanimate objects (guns). This association is no more valid than saying that kids have been killed because, “there are too many knives out there.”

What I am writing about might be called, behavioral weaponry. It is the behaviors that lead to murder (terrorism, greed, guilt, envy, mental illness, etc.) and they are no more circumnavigated by the absence of guns than they would be by the absence of knives. In other words, if we could wave a magic wand and eliminate the existence of guns, murder would become the result of perpetrators wielding knives, or ropes, or rocks, or anything else—even bare hands—on which a murderer or terrorist can, and in some cases already do, rely.

Yes there are gun-related accidents, just as there are knife-related accidents. Or vehicle-related accidents. That’s the nature of accidents. They aren’t intended—they’re, well, accidents.

In the real world, where magic wands are not waved, heavy gun regulation—or even banned guns—does not stop murder or terrorism. Check out the high rate of gun-related murder in Chicago: It is one of the most stringently gun-regulated places in the United States. And as we’ve seen in France, the absence of guns is no protection for the unarmed. Do an Internet search on the stoning of people in the Middle East—there’s no guns involved with that.

When our framers set forth the foundations of a government with limited and enumerated powers, they knew that such freedom was possible only when citizens were made equal to the task of insuring it. And that meant voting citizens, citizens able to amend the Constitution through their State Legislatures and then, finally, citizens with guns.

It is not the weapon or the number of weapons about which to ever be concerned. It is the behavioral weaponry—the behavior and nature of the person (or the government) that determines life and death. You cannot regulate the behavior: Experience illustrates you may not even know of murderous or terroristic behavior in the case of a person. And you have irrefutable cause to anticipate it in the case of government.

But you can be prepared—by being armed to face it.