Sometimes, only the gun stands between good an evil

A long video (17 minutes) but I think it’s worth passing on.


Peter van Uhm is a four-star general in the Netherlands Army who lost a son in Afghanistan in 2008. He spoke at TEDx in Amsterdam in this past November. Why I choose a gun.

8 replies
  1. Eric
    Eric says:

    Excellent video.  More people need to understand the relevance of this argument and it’s place in our world.  No more guns doesn’t mean no more wars,  but there is no better deterrent available!

  2. Plainvillian
    Plainvillian says:

    More than once the General refers  to the concept that in a democracy, society grants the state a sole monopoly on violence, that is, police and armed forces use of violence to protect citizens from harm both foreign and domestic.   It is a critical agreement in a democracy. 
    What is missing from this video is the stated right, no, the responsibility, of citizens in a democracy to remain armed so that no tyrant might arrogate control of violence to the detriment of the people.   The second amendment must be jealously protected.

  3. Lynn
    Lynn says:

    General van Uhm is simply a brilliant man. Quickly puts to rest the idea, that military men are brutes, as they are so often portrayed by the Liberal elite. I was amazed and pleased that the audience was respectfully silent. I cherish what he said, so simple, yet never as eloquent. I wonder, if he would have as respectful an audience in the US.
     

  4. JBS
    JBS says:

    Ha, in the U.S.? The liberals would have run for the door!
    That quip out of the way, I wonder if the Netherlands allows the private ownership of firearms? That would be interesting to know. 
    And, yes, sometimes a modern firearm is the only thing that stands between good and evil.
    For evil to triumph, good men (and women) don’t have to a thing.
     

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