In my never-ending quest towards doing right in my personal life, I stumbled across some of the works of Dr James H. Toner and some famous quotes on military ethics. Some I have found to be interesting, some motivating, and some awe-inspiring. I read these things and they seem to fly in the face of the news media who, at times, like to berate the military for being unethical and immoral. In an effort to reconcile these two and discover truth, I have done hours of research into the subject. One book that stands out among them is Morals Under The Gun (by Dr. James H. Toner). I strongly encourage people to read it.
But I couldn't find the stuff we were taught at the Non-Commissioned Officer Academy (NCOA, USAF) that Dr James H. Toner had written. Until recently. So I offer this link to his work: http://www.airpower.maxwell.af.mil/airchronicles/apj/apj03/sum03/toner.html
I would like to briefly touch on his morality concept: three O's. These are oweing, ordering, and oughting. These are sort of designed as "checks and balances" to our actions, or like a mental checklist. Oweing is what we owe to our supervisors, the military, and society, in terms of doing right. Ordering is making sure our priorities are in the proper order (country before corps, etc). Oughting is knowing what one should do, or "ought" to do.
I thought about this and found that I can apply these to my life, to my Glock, and to shooting in general. The following applications resulted from this thought:
1) I owe it to my family and to society to practice the safe use of firearms.
2) I owe it to Glock to use my Glock 19 safely, as the media could use my failure to be safe as fuel to point the blame at Glock (despite "the most important gun safety is between your ears" etc).
3) I owe it to others to try to treat them fairly and respectfully, whether I am carrying my Glock or not.
4) I owe it to society to obey the laws of my state in regards to firearms (though I can always vote and request that they be changed).
5) I ought to make sure my Glock is unloaded prior to practicing drawing or dry firing.
6) I ought to clean my Glock after every range visit (see Glock manual, etc).
7) I ought to follow the steps for unloading, clearing, etc in the right order.
8) In using my Glock for self-defense, I should order my priorities to obeying the law before doing what I want.
9) I should order my priorities of whom I want to protect: myself and my family before all others. If, for instance, I am in the back of Walmart and someone starts shooting up Walmart at the front of the store, I should escape out the back with my family, if possible, rather than send them off on my own to try to be a hero.
These are obviously just examples. This article isn't intended to be the manual on how to be a moral Glock owner. It's intended to get people thinking. Where could you apply the three O's? Please reply and tell me what you think!
And please forgive the haste in which I wrote this article.