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We have all heard stories of educators using their influence over their students to promulgate a political objective, textbooks preaching extreme dogmas and multitudes of biased media provoking emotional responses by subjecting people to unwarranted fear of the civil right to bear arms.

It seems that a common reference source, the Webster's dictionary, gives definitions of terms that are no longer, by definition, objective.

The Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary defines Pacifism as:

Main Entry: pac·i·fism
Pronunciation: 'pa-s&-"fi-z&m
Function: noun
Etymology: French pacifisme, from pacifique pacific
1 : opposition to war or violence as a means of settling disputes; specifically : refusal to bear arms on moral or religious grounds
2 : an attitude or policy of nonresistance


While I don't dispute the entire definition, this language:"...specifically : refusal to bear arms on moral or religious grounds..." , causes me concern.

If one literally reading of the definition, the word could also be interpreted that a pacifist would not call the police during the commission of a violent crime upon another, because the police have the potential of using the very means of violence.

But the word defined is "pacifist", not "apathy".

I am happy to announce that I know a number of pacifist, as I know that they will not instigate an unwarranted violent confrontation. I also know that these people would also do everything in their power to protect their loved ones from harm, to include protecting them from criminal harm. A majority of these people choose to not carry a firearm as it is their guaranteed right in the United States to choose their own philosophical beliefs and the lawful means to express the same.

Okay, now granted this word "pacifist" has it's origin in the French language and the French don't have the reputation of war victors, but the English language is in fact, constantly evolving and changing. It stands to reason that a dictionary of contemporary American-English language should as well and include an additional definition of a "pacifist".

The word "Pacifist" has never been widely synonymous with "coward" or "traitor". Any man or woman who would not pick up arms to defend the freedoms to life and liberty for their loved ones, garners little respect from me or the circle of people whom I love.

The socially conscience elite educators could use an education themselves.
 

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I confess to being a pacifist - the way I interpret the word.

It's meaning is quite simply, I will not engage in violence for violence' sake. Put me under threat or my country and I will fight - it is a choice driven by circumstances even if it is not ''pleasant''.

The anti-war and anti-gun ''pacifist'' is tho a totally different animal - one so nieve as to think all problems can be solved peacefully (in Utopia perhaps!) and anyone even mentioning the word 'fight' - should be locked up!

It's different things to different folks. I sure prefer a peaceful life but that will not prevent me from defending my life thru use of force when and if so mandated.
 
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