By Rev at Sharp Shooters Safe & Gun
Greetings! What a month this has been. I hope you have remained vigilant and thoughtful since our last discussion and have grown in your ability to be an intentional and effective protector, more capable in your ability to “show up” when the time comes for you to do so.
Before we begin our next conversation and more as a side note, I hope that in some way, you have grown in your ability to show up and be present in the different dimensions of your Life. If you recall, earlier this year, we discussed the topic of Life and how we ought to more effectively and efficiently live it out. I pray that despite the trials of this year, you have been able to accomplish this goal. Speaking of your ability to “show up” and our broader conversation on the Second Amendment’s roles, equipment, and responsibilities, I want us to arrive at our next stop in the discussion. Today, I want to talk about night vision and what we can learn from it, and why I think they should be considered more “uniform” for regular citizens.
First, for you who may not know, night vision goggles (or NVG’s) are pieces of equipment that allow you to see in the dark. That’s a very simplified summary, but you get the picture. There are many different setups from all sorts of manufacturers with different styles and technology available in the market, and I encourage you to do your research on the topic. On just a quick note for the YouTubers out there… the channels Warrior Poet Society, Trex Arms, and Garand Thumb have helpful and informative uploads for more in-depth discussion and insight.
While I am no expert on the matter, I did want to bring night-vision goggles up for two primary purposes that I think have to do with why they receive avoidance and pushback from average citizens. First, their price. This piece of equipment alone costs a thousand dollars for an average set, and that’s before you get into all the accessories and mounting options. While this may be the case, I wanted to address this excuse from the get-go. For all of us who regularly and recreationally shoot, we already know that it’s an expensive hobby. But, for most essential things that require a high financial commitment, don’t we often find a reason to keep this in our budget still? Don’t we already make financial sacrifices to remain proficient in this field? I want to challenge the notion that NVG’s are outside of reach and are inaccessible to us as average citizens.
And this brings me to my second point, that they must be elevated into the realm of accessibility and responsibility to the point where they are not only considered normal but mandatory for anyone who takes their responsibilities to contribute to the protection of freedom seriously.
As I stated, night vision allows you to see in the dark. But don’t they also allow us this ability metaphorically? My point is, night vision is an elevation in the standard of what we ought to think of when we consider when we think of owning guns and equipment. Not only does their use demands a high caliber of training and know-how, but I believe that once they become normalized, we become more aware of what the Second Amendment is all about.
We, the people, ought to be those capable of upholding our rights and the lives of our communities. As we raise ourselves into the realm of accessibility of NVG’s, we must to also be introduced into the realm of high thought and consideration, philosophy, and conviction on what it means to be proud Americans.
It’s our responsibility to do everything we can to preserve and protect ourselves and our nation, as far as the Second Amendment is concerned.
Let’s do that together. Godspeed!