I Am A Gun


June 23, 2003, 03:01 AM

I am a gun.

I am made of metals mostly and my PRIME purpose is to kill.

It is this and this alone that sets me apart from the automobile, the kitchen knife and other such implements of homicide.

How do I do this?? I have to be in the hands of someone intent on fullfilling this PRIME purpose.

Left to myself, I am an inert piece of finely engineered machinery. I bare no one any ill will.

I require only modest maintainance and wish to be kept secure at all times, so that inquiring little minds do not pick me up carelessly and cause harm to themselves or others.

I have two states. I can be unloaded and as such, harmless to all, unless used as a ''blunt instrument''.

Place inside my workings however some cartridges, and I am primed. But still no immediate threat.

It takes purpose and motivation to now move me from this state , to fulfilling my PRIME design purpose.

I do though have a second and almost as important purpose, which is to be a tool of the sportsman.

In this mode I am expected to yield accuracy, consistency and thereby deliver pleasure through an aquired skill.

This is a benign purpose, and one I am happy to carry out.

I am however equally at ease when used for my PRIME purpose, when the hands operating me are well intended.

I may be made to kill, of course, but my conscience is clear when my target is evil, or meat for the table.

When my target is however someone good, I am regretably unable to influence my actions, because it is not I that is to blame, it is my master.

The people who made me, although knowing this PRIME purpose, are also not to blame for my deeds. Any more than an auto manufacturer is responsible for the deaths his vehicles may inflict.

I am therefore a contraversial object. hated by so many but, loved and respected my many also.

I am the very essence of man's freedom ... and relish most my role in achieving this, and fair play.

When I cease to be in the hands of the law abiding common man however, then I know all too well that my purpose can be only evil ..... and I can be turned on those for whom I had the greatest respect. Those who deserve my companionship.

I shall never be destroyed. Someone somewhere will always find me. But alas, when my numbers have dwindled too much, that ''someone'' will only be intent on ill.

My history is long and my record perhaps not very clean. But you just have to remember this one thing ............

It is not I that is responsible for my deeds.

That you must lay at the feet of those with malicious intent. And it is they who will always find me when others have long lost my friendship.

P95. 2002.

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Gus Dddysgrl
June 23, 2003, 02:34 PM
Vry very cool. I like it a lot. I think I'll keep it somewhere on my wall near where I keep my dad's gun so people know why I want to own my dad's gun. :):neener:


June 23, 2003, 04:36 PM
Yep, cool. One problem we face is people refusing to lay responsibility where it belongs. Even a straight forward description, as given above, is rejected by many blame-the-object people. I get frustrated dealing with people usually do not have any logical argument, just a fear and loathing of firearms.

June 23, 2003, 04:47 PM
Pretty good, though I am not sure if I care for the idea that the PRIME purpose of guns is to kill. Some? Yep. All? Hmmmm, maybe not.

June 23, 2003, 04:58 PM

Sam Adams
June 23, 2003, 05:11 PM
I am also disturbed by the "my prime purpose is to kill" language. I believe that the prime purpose of a gun is whatever the person holding it WANTS that prime purpose to be at any given moment. It can be one of 3 main legitimate purposes:

1) Sport of some type;

2) Defense of self and/or family from freelance criminals; or

3) Defense of one's liberty and or country from organized and uniformed criminals, foreign or domestic.

All three of these warrant practice of some type or another; you can fold the practice into the main purpose.

Investment can also be a legitimate purpose, but we are talking of uses for a gun other than sitting in a case unused.

Of course, the criminals of whatever stripe that those in catagories 2 and 3 are defending against have their own purposes - robbery, various acts of violence up to and including 1st degree murder, enslavement or genocide of whole populations, etc.

In short "killing" is a rather inadequate definition of purpose.

June 23, 2003, 09:02 PM
Pretty cool.:cool:

June 23, 2003, 09:08 PM
I am a tool.

I can be used many ways, some of which are wrong.

I am only as dangerous as my user.


Makes ya think, don't it?

Standing Wolf
June 23, 2003, 09:18 PM
I bare no one any ill will.

Yeah, but do you bear anyone any ill will?

Ala Dan
June 23, 2003, 09:24 PM
I'll give you and A+; as its an out-standing piece of
literature, with a lot of truths.

Best Wishes,
Ala Dan, N.R.A. Life Member

June 23, 2003, 09:26 PM
Well bluecowdawg ......... guess you found this whilst diggin around! :)

I wrote this last year and used the term ''prime purpose'' to mean just that. Not ''sole purpose''.

Reason I guess was that IMO the whole design of a firearm is as a weapon ...... and thus potentially a killing tool ......... all other uses following on from that. Plus of course ... we do not just mean killing ''people'' ..... it is a case of putting meat on the table too.

I guess certain points might be argued various ways but my reason for writing in first place was sparked by law suits aimed at gun manufacturers ........ my contention being, the gun is only as dangerous as its user ... and thus cannot in itself (an inanimate object) be ''blamed, per se ....... for ''its actions.

I submitted this piece to local paper at the time ... they printed it. As a gun oriented piece ...... i was rather pleased they did.:)

June 23, 2003, 10:46 PM
That was lame. Thanks for wasting 5 mins of my life.:rolleyes:

June 23, 2003, 10:54 PM
That was lame. Thanks for wasting 5 mins of my life. You're welcome!!! Guess you missed the point ... oh well!:rolleyes:

4v50 Gary
June 23, 2003, 11:09 PM
Apart from the primary purpose to kill, I like it. It wasn't a waste of my minute.

June 23, 2003, 11:44 PM
I thought the prime purpose of a gun was to move a mass of material in a certain shape down a tube to create a hole in an object or location some distance away.

This would remove the "Kill" from the prime purpose and allow those that just punch holes in paper to feel better about the "I am a Gun" definition.


June 23, 2003, 11:59 PM
Nice, P95. Sometimes puting one's thoughts down on paper helps put things in perspective. I am a little suprised your local paper printed it, that is pretty cool:cool:

June 24, 2003, 01:47 AM
Penforhire said-

One problem we face is people refusing to lay responsibility where it belongs.

Some of the three hardest words to say are "I did it"

The phrase "The buck stops here" means very little to most people.

June 24, 2003, 02:58 AM
P95, I hope i didnt give the impression that i wrote it, that was not my purpose. I found it last year , i think at http://www.1911forum.com/ and came across it the other day and just wanted to share it with everyone. I really like it.

June 24, 2003, 03:15 AM
I am Jack's colon.

June 24, 2003, 08:48 AM
I am Jack's colon.
"I get cancer, I kill Jack."

I've always agreed with the quote that "A gun is simple and perfect. All it does is to focus an explosion in one direction".

June 24, 2003, 08:50 AM
I am Jack's colon. ROTFLMAO .... got a publishing date yet faustulus?!:D

bluecowdawg ..... hey ..... no probs .... I knew you'd ''happened'' upon it ... anyways ..... once stuff gets on the web it kinda travels around anyways! :) Thx for your comments.

John Ross
June 24, 2003, 09:18 AM
The "prime purpose to kill" is imprecise. A gas chamber or electric chair is designed with this "prime purpose" and these devices obviously serve different functions than guns.

To be precise, a typical gun such as a revolver (and especially a high-capacity military-type arm) is designed for CONFLICT.

When I need to protect myself and my freedom, I want the most reliable, most durable, highest-capacity weapon possible. The only thing hunting and target shooting have to do with freedom is that they’re good practice.

Also fix the spelling and grammatical errors before you pass this on.


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