“I did not choose the pen, or the microscope, or the musical instrument to make a living. I chose the gun”


h/t (interestingly) Ricochet.com

Many people, in their chosen fields of endeavor, use various instruments and tools to make a living. A tool is basically an extension of one’s own body. The hammer – used to replace the palm of your hand to hit hard metal objects. The musical instrument – an extension of your voice to help you express emotions you otherwise would keep inside. The pen – also replaces your voice in a more permanent way, to enable you to continue to speak long after death.

General Peter van Uhm, Chief of the Netherlands Defense Staff, explains the instrument he chose to enable him to extend his reach beyond the length of his arm; and the reasons he chose it;

We remain free in America today because we have guns. We, the people. Even IF Admiral Yamamoto never said it, it certainly was true; had Japan somehow been able to invade the mainland United States, there most certainly would have been a gun “behind every blade of grass.

Crossposted to TowDog

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Erick Brockway
Work seven days a week at two jobs, a newly RETIRED EO1 (E6) in the Navy Reserves (Seabees), blog when I can from cellphone and computer. @erickbrockway #catcot #tcot

Currently living in Camarillo, CA, about 45 miles North of LA. I have a wife (20+ years) son, and two daughters.

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February 19, 2012 3:28 pm

Don’t know if the audience appreciated it, but I like the fact that, showing professionalism to the core, the soldier dropped the mag, racked it, dry fired and presented it to the General for inspection before handing it over.

E Pluribus Unum
February 20, 2012 8:17 pm

Awesome! To be honest, I didn’t know they grew anybody like that in Holland anymore.