Please note: all of the philosophical concepts that we proffer are given with what we consider our unyielding commitment to the reality of society and to what we consider to be the true spirit of gun ownership responsibility. Keeping this in mind:
Firearms belong in the possession of the competent human, only. If you are incompetent, you should be expressly prohibited, by society and by law, from possessing firearms.
We understand that defining "competence" is the great work. We also understand that a lack of quality and capacity, inside of the entity which decides the definition of competency, is extraordinarily dangerous to our rights and freedoms.
None-the-less, our concepts apply to the competent. When it comes to firearms, not all people are equal.
Our Tier system philosophy is in place in order to help us to understand what we consider to be threats to the future of gun ownership. There are shadow sides of each tier that pose as threats. It is also used in order to show, what we see to be as, the essential arrangement of gun owner values in the culture. Tier 1 ownership is placed first because it is the merited philosophy to lead and support American gun ownership. IF Tier 2 ownership was to be allowed to define American gun ownership, the aspect of self-defense and self-preservation firearms would be reduced or eliminated as would the the other two prongs of 2A. Thus, we would no longer have 2A, or a complete Bill Of Rights.
As redundant as it sounds, American gun ownership is a distinctly American phenomenon. The delegitimization of the three prongs of the second amendment eradicate the strength of gun ownership, eradicate the essential legal foundation and work against the rights future. As such, Tier 2 gun Ownership will never be treated by LGO as the proper foundation for the gun ownership. Tier 2 Gun Ownership is important, we support it, but only insomuch as Tier 2 Gun Owners do not work against Tier 1 Gun Ownership to eliminate its essential role by attempting to reduce American gun ownership into a Tier 2 phenomenon.
TIER 1 GUN OWNERSHIP
Tier 1 Gun Ownership can be described as our philosophy of ownership that encapsulates, at the minimum, the Three Prongs of The Second Amendment. It can, and often does, have a more prominent focus upon gun ownership being the result of either the concept of Natural Rights or a validation of ownership being a non-Anglo-centric, anthropological, weapons phenomenon.
Tier 1 gun ownership is our philosophy of gun ownership whereby the person believes in the following:
1. That the basis of valid firearms ownership begins in the desire for individual self-preservation and/or the desire for the defense of others. This can be explained further as either:
a. An anthropological phenomenon that is the result of life as a natural being on planet Earth, with no need for the ultimate validation from law or modern society.
b. A phenomenon explained by the Natural Law Theory, which is a more Anglo-centric version of the anthropological phenomenon. It is an occidental framing of the phenomenon, whereby rights are seen as an endowment by an almighty creator. There is also a secular interpretation of this, whereby the rights are granted by the process of life itself - humans in nature. This, specific, version of Natural Law Theory, will still use the typical structure of natural Law Theory (Cicero, Locke, Jefferson, etc.), and will not include the more broad anthropological lens. Both views of the right are outside of the realm of validation by modern law or society.
2. That the basis of valid firearms ownership also extends into aspects supported by the Second Amendment and modern law:
a. The use of firearms for the non-military civilian's need to enter into a defense of the physical space encapsulated by the 50 United States, in an emergency.
b. The use of firearms for the non-military civilian's need inside of the scenario where a democratically senile tyranny forms, and civilians, along with any aspects of the military, unite in a kinetic effort to overthrow the tyrannical leadership.
3. Tier 1 Gun Ownership can, and often does include aspects of Tier 2 Gun Ownership: enjoyment, tradition, sport, gaming, collection etc.
4. Because of the specific reality outlined in the need to use firearms in the pursuit of self-preservation, any effort to negate the modern, individual use of firearms is, absolutely, an effort to take away the right of a natural being to engage in a form of self-preservation that the individual sees as essential. As such, the inflexible belief in the right is one of the Two Hallmarks Of The Tier 1 Gun Owner.
5. Because of the specific reality outlined in the need to use firearms in the pursuit of self-preservation, any effort to negate the modern, individual use of firearms is, absolutely, an effort to take away the right of a natural being to engage in a form of self-preservation that the individual sees as essential. As such, any law created to hamper or eliminate the practice of this right is not to be taken as just, and is not to be followed. This is the second of the Two Hallmarks Of The Tier 1 Gun Owner.
Tier 2 Gun Ownership
Tier 2 Gun Ownership can be described as our philosophy of ownership whereby the gun owner has no essential stake or belief in Tier 1 Gun Ownership, and engages in the legal right to firearms as an extension of the following:
~Hobby and / or enjoyment
Because the Tier 2 Gun Owner has no belief in or connection to the self-preservation aspect of firearms, they typically do not possess the same attributes as the Tier 1 Gun Owner.
Liberal Gun Owners sees Tier 2 Gun Ownership as a natural phenomenon in a society where gun ownership is supported. We support any form or approach to gun ownership amongst the competent and fair minded. We believe that we would have no sincere firearms market without the participation of Tier 2 Gun Owners. Often, gun owners are inside of Tier 2 because they are in the process of understanding their own relationship with firearms. Some of these gun owners end up inside of the first tier. Sometimes, they stay in Tier 2.
We have limits for our support. We don't support the mass of immaturity in typical gun culture, which includes MANY tier 1 gun owners. We have limits with Tier 2 gun owners as well. There is always a significanrt amount of Tier 2 Gun Owners attempting to delegitimize the aspects of Tier 1 Gun Ownership. The very presence of Firearms in America is largely due to a base built and provided by Tier 1 Gun Owners. The sport and lightness of concept that Tier 2 Gun Owners can enjoy is directly provided by the presence of Tier 1 Gun Owners in our society. As such, Liberal Gun Owners does not accept the condescension that is often present in the minds of many Tier 2 Gun Owners, where they: participate in the same practice as gun-ban and high-regulation progressives; where they see aspects of Tier 1 Gun Ownership as deviant or incompetent; where they try to demonize the unyielding belief in the right to self-defense; where they try to perpetuate the myth that Tier 1 Gun Owners only possess such beliefs because of a lack of intellect or because of subconscious feelings of sexual inadequacy. This is a prevalent aspect of Tier 2 Gun Ownership, which we have seen over our long history. We see it as a toxin to the health and strength of 21st century gun ownership. We parcel this toxin in with the generalized immaturity of general gun culture, along with the attitudes of gun-banners and high-regulation protesters.
In many ways, Liberal Gun Owners is present for the Tier 2 Gun Owners. We love that they love their relationship with firearms. We can even support the right to not believe in the self-preservation aspect. After all, people are entitled to their view. We draw the line with all things that present no value to the debate or two our efforts. Condescending, toxic Tier 2 Gun Owners have no value to any part of Gun Culture.