Robert Farago interviewed Paul Markel recently at TTAG, and triggered a bit of alarm among those who thought that Markel was advocating for police to take a “shoot first, ask questions later” mindset.
Because of the controversy over how some interpreted Markel’s statements, TTAg asked him to clarify his position, and in so doing, he created one of the most eloquent defenses of the warrior mindset I’ve ever read.
Here is a small taste:
A true warrior possesses a mindset or an ethos that guides his daily action in all things, not just conflict. A warrior understands and accepts that life is conflict and that overcoming conflict requires effort on his part. This effort may involve a physical confrontation and force of violence. He accepts this and prepares his mind and body for the conflict.
Both the warrior and pacifist desire peace. The warrior desires peace and stability so that his family may grow and prosper and his community may thrive. The warrior realizes that peace is not simply the absence of conflict but the presence of victory over those who would harm his family and destroy his community. He understands that his strength and arms are gifts from God and with these gifts come a solemn responsibility. The warrior does not take this responsibility lightly.
Read it all. It’s worth it.