God of Thunder and Rock'n'Roll (archmage) wrote,
God of Thunder and Rock'n'Roll
archmage

It's About Knowledge, Not Ability

I've always said that not only do I support weaponry of all types in the household, I fully intend to teach my own children all that I can. When someone tries to tell me that this is an irresponsible attitude, and that weapons are dangerous, I always counter with "That's why I am teaching them about the use of them."

This is a portion of a National Public Radio (NPR) interview between a female broadcaster and US Marine Corps General Reinwald, who was about to sponsor a Boy Scout Troop visiting his military installation. I want to shake this man's hand, for giving the best comeback line I've ever heard...and making a perfectly valid point at the same time (*danke to dancool for the original post*):

FEMALE INTERVIEWER: So, General Reinwald, what things are you going to teach these young boys when they visit your base?

GENERAL REINWALD: We're going to teach them climbing, canoeing, archery, and shooting.

FEMALE INTERVIEWER: Shooting! That's a bit irresponsible, isn't it?

GENERAL REINWALD: I don't see why, they'll be properly supervised on the rifle range.

FEMALE INTERVIEWER: Don't you admit that this is a terribly dangerous activity to be teaching children?

GENERAL REINWALD: I don't see how. We will be teaching them proper rifle discipline before they even touch a firearm.

FEMALE INTERVIEWER: But you're equipping them to become violent killers.

GENERAL REINWALD: Well, you're equipped to be a prostitute, but you're not one, are you?

Kudos to you, General Reinwald. As I've said, it's not the equipment, it's knowledge. If you take the initiative and give the children the knowledge to make good, intelligent, and safe decisions, you don't have to worry (as much). It's when we try to 'protect' them by not giving them the info that they do dumb things in their own discoveries, like killing people and getting pregnant.

Knowledge Is Power, Baby.
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