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April 28, 2008, 12:29 PM
Posting here because it pertains to CCW. Mods- By all means move it if you think it belongs somewhere else, or delete it if it is too long.

Sheep, But Not Food. By. Charles Riggs. Found Herehttp://www.snipercountry.com/Articles/Sheep_ButNotFood.asp

Not so long ago and in a pasture too uncomfortably close to here, a flock of sheep lived and grazed. They were protected by a dog, who answered to the master, but despite his best efforts from time to time a nearby pack of wolves would prey upon the flock.

One day a group of sheep, more bold than the rest, met to discuss their dilemma. "Our dog is good, and vigilant, but he is one dog and the wolves are many. The wolves he catches are not always killed, and the master judges and releases many to prey again upon us, for no reason we can understand. What can we do? We are sheep, but we do not wish to be food, too!"

One sheep spoke up, saying "It is his teeth and claws that make the wolf so terrible to us. It is his nature to prey, and he would find any way to do it, but it is the tools he wields that make it possible. If we had such teeth, we could fight back, and stop this savagery." The other sheep clamored in agreement, and they went together to the old bones of the dead wolves heaped in the corner of the pasture, and gathered fang and claw and made them into weapons.

That night, when the wolves came, the newly armed sheep sprang up with their weapons and struck at them and cried "Begone! We are not food!" and drove off the wolves, who were astonished. When did sheep become so bold and so dangerous to wolves? When did sheep grow teeth? It was unthinkable!

The next day, flush with victory and waving their weapons, they approached the flock to pronounce their discovery. But as they drew nigh, the flock huddled together and cried out "Baaaaaaaadddd! Baaaaaddd things! You have bad things! We are afraid! You are not sheep!"

The brave sheep stopped, amazed. "But we are your brethren!" they cried, "We are still sheep, but we do not wish to be food. See, our new teeth and claws protect us and have saved us from slaughter. They do not make us into wolves, they make us equal to the wolves, and safe from their viciousness!"

"Baaaaaaaddd!", cried the flock,"the things are bad and will pervert you, and we fear them. You cannot bring them into the flock. They scare us!". So the armed sheep resolved to conceal their weapons, for although they had no desire to panic the flock, they wished to remain in the fold. But they would not return to those nights of terror, waiting for the wolves to come.

In time, the wolves attacked less often and sought easier prey, for they had no stomach for fighting sheep who possessed tooth and claw even as they did. Not knowing which sheep had fangs and which did not, they came to leave sheep out of their diet almost completely except for the occasional raid, from which more than one wolf did not return. Then came the day when, as the flock grazed beside the stream, one sheep's weapon slipped from the folds of her fleece, and the flock cried out in terror again, "Baaaaaaddddd! You still possess these evil things! We must ban you from our presence!".

And so they did. The great chief sheep and his court and council, encouraged by the words of their moneylenders and advisors, placed signs and totems at the edges of the pasture forbidding the presence of hidden weapons there. The armed sheep protested before the council, saying "It is our pasture, too, and we have never harmed you! When can you say we have caused you hurt? It is the wolves, not we, who prey upon you. We are still sheep, but we are not food!". But the flock would not hear, and drowned them out with cries of "Baaaaaaddd! We will not hear your clever words! You and your things are evil and will harm us!".

Saddened by this rejection, the armed sheep moved off and spent their days on the edges of the flock, trying from time to time to speak with their brethren to convince them of the wisdom of having such teeth, but meeting with little success. They found it hard to talk to those who, upon hearing their words, would roll back their eyes and flee, crying "Baaaaddd! Bad things!".

That night, the wolves happened upon the sheep's totems and signs, and said, "Truly, these sheep are fools! They have told us they have no teeth! Brothers, let us feed!". And they set upon the flock, and horrible was the carnage in the midst of the fold. The dog fought like a demon, and often seemed to be in two places at once, but even he could not halt the slaughter. It was only when the other sheep arrived with their weapons that the wolves fled, vowing to each other to remain on the edge of the pasture and wait for the next time they could prey, for if the sheep were so foolish once, they would be so again. This they did, and do still.

In the morning, the armed sheep spoke to the flock, and said, "See? If the wolves know you have no teeth, they will fall upon you. Why be prey? To be a sheep does not mean to be food for wolves!". But the flock cried out, more feebly for their voices were fewer, though with no less terror, "Baaaaaaaadddd! These things are bad! If they were banished, the wolves would not harm us! Baaaaaaaddd!". The other sheep could only hang their heads and sigh. The flock had forgotten that even they possessed teeth; how else could they graze the grasses of the pasture? It was only those who preyed, like the wolves and jackals, who turned their teeth to evil ends. If you pulled their own fangs those beasts would take another's teeth and claws, perhaps even the broad flat teeth of sheep, and turn them to evil purposes.

The bold sheep knew that the fangs and claws they possessed had not changed them. They still grazed like other sheep, and raised their lambs in the spring, and greeted their friend the dog as he walked among them. But they could not quell the terror of the flock, which rose in them like some ancient dark smoky spirit and could not be damped by reason, nor dispelled by the light of day.

So they resolved to retain their weapons, but to conceal them from the flock; to endure their fear and loathing, and even to protect their brethren if the need arose, until the day the flock learned to understand that as long as there were wolves in the night, sheep would need teeth to repel them.

They would still be sheep, but they would not be food!

April 28, 2008, 01:34 PM
I love it!

April 28, 2008, 01:44 PM
Same here, great analogy to the sheeple of our species.:cool:
Think it would make a great campfire story for kids.

David Armstrong
April 28, 2008, 03:17 PM
Sadly, it continues this "sheeple" nonsense that has become so common in the CCW world. People are not sheep, and those who choose not to carrry firearms are not necessarily easy prey.

April 28, 2008, 03:40 PM
Sheeple is a term that just feeds the prejudices of anti gunners

WildimasheepletooAlaska ™

April 28, 2008, 10:45 PM
Sadly, it continues this "sheeple" nonsense that has become so common in the CCW world. People are not sheep, and those who choose not to carrry firearms are not necessarily easy prey.

Sheeple is a mentality.

I know lots of people who own, and carry, firearms who are still easy prey.


April 29, 2008, 01:36 PM
Sheeple is a term that just feeds the prejudices of anti gunners I guess some people use that term differently, I use it simply as a term to those who follow the crowd instead of sticking to their principles, in fear of " not fitting in ".

I know lots of "sheeple" who don't even own or like guns. They just follow the crowd because they don't want to be made fun of by their peers. They don't want to stand out as different from the crowd. As far as the anti gunners go, I could care less if they try to use a word to justify their views. I think we all no they need nothing at all to spout their anti views...it hasn't stopped them for decades.

I know some have reasons for their anti gun stance, and they have the right to them. I don't agree with them, but I don't try to lecture them either...to each their own

David Armstrong
April 29, 2008, 05:45 PM
I know lots of people who own, and carry, firearms who are still easy prey.
Exactly, just as there are many who choose not to carry that are pretty hard to take down.

Sheeple is a term that just feeds the prejudices of anti gunners

A lot of gunners seem rather prejudiced about the concept also, IMO. Either way, it is a term that needs to be removed from the lexicon. My $.02.

April 29, 2008, 05:53 PM
"Sheeple" is term born from ignorance and immaturity!

April 29, 2008, 06:32 PM
I for one am tired of whole "sheeple" thing too. I think this whole sheep & sheepdog story way overdone. We are not sheep, sheeple, sheepdogs, wolves, goats, or herrings. We are people.

April 29, 2008, 06:38 PM
Im still trying to imagine sheep with fangs....

April 29, 2008, 06:46 PM
or herrings.

Schmaltz Herring, rye cracker, beer :)

WildyummyAlaska ™

April 29, 2008, 06:49 PM
or herrings

Pickled, in a light cream sauce. Yum.

April 29, 2008, 07:28 PM

run into the same situation with pigs and bengal tigers. the pigs used to be lunch, but thats all changed now that they have fangs!:eek:

April 29, 2008, 07:52 PM
Good article :D

Colt Delta Elite
April 29, 2008, 09:10 PM
No thanks.... I think I will stick to facts and statistics (you know, real life stuff) to make my point to others. Leave the talking animals to Disney -- they do it way better anyway.

April 30, 2008, 02:42 PM
The original piece was an analogy. Sheep, sheepdogs, and wolves were imperfect analogies. They always will be. Arms don't make a person a "sheepdog." I know several people who could be considered "sheepdogs" by the analogy, but none of them carry.

We need to be careful about how we present/twist our analogies, or they will insult people and become useless tools.

Jim March
April 30, 2008, 05:39 PM
Years ago I came across this, and spliced in graphics to match.

Kinda cheesy but the last one was best :).

April 30, 2008, 06:46 PM
Geeesh 1 ... Why do the sheep here, who think they can grow teeth, fangs and claws, think they are the first sheep to come up with weapons to scare off wolves ? I've never noted it to have worked before. Why now ?

April 30, 2008, 07:22 PM
No room for the literary devices here I see...

Anyway, 'sheeple' is a faily childish term. But so is 'guntard,' and I've had that one thrown my way enough times. I try not to throw something equally stupid back but instead try to educate them. If they don't want to listen, my insults are a little more direct that calling them 'sheeple.' While I don't think the term needs to be done away with (as it's utility extends beyond the gun debate) I do think is becomes annoying to everyone very quickly.