Credit cards and guns – what do the two of them have in common? A lot more than people think. Both are powerful and useful tools that can provide a valuable service. And both can be abused with devastating results.
Credit cards and guns both have positive and negative aspects about them, but ultimately, the outcome of their use has one striking similarity – it is reliant upon the user’s actions.
Why Credit Cards and Guns are good:
- Guns: Guns are used by police officers to protect society and also useful for hunting, sport, protection, military uses, collecting, etc. Did you know target shooting is an Olympic sport? There are many other positive aspects to guns and gun ownership. I’m sure any card carrying member of the NRA can give a dozen more useful benefits at will.
- Credit Cards: There are many benefits to using credit cards: building credit, fraud/theft protection, rewards, convenience, car rentals, and many more. Here are 10 reasons why credit cards are good. Personally, I think that used properly, credit cards are a wonderful thing.
Why Credit Cards and Guns are bad: Misuse.
- Guns: Misusing a gun is the absolute worst thing anyone can do with it. Guns have many positive uses but there are many people out there that are doing their best to give guns a bad name. Gang members, drug dealers, thieves, and other criminals have used this tool with devastating results. Guns should be treated with caution and with respect. And please don’t make the argument that guns kill people. People kill people.
- Credit Cards: Just like the fact that guns don’t kill people, credit cards don’t put people into debt. People put people into debt. Just like guns, people have misused credit cards to the point that credit cards have become a four letter word in some households. Like guns, credit cards should be treated with caution and respect.
I think we see a theme here. Misuse. Guns and credit cards are inherently good things if used properly. But the minute you begin to misuse them, devastating results can and will happen. The only difference between misusing guns and credit cards is that the results of misusing a gun can often lead to death. Credit card misuse may not kill people, but it is not a stretch to say that massive debt from misusing credit cards can ruin a life.
My Stance on Credit Cards and Guns:
For the record, I am not a card carrying member of the NRA, nor do I own a gun. I have no need for a gun. I was, however, in the military, and I am familiar with gun safety and proper use. I respect their usefulness and their power.
I have a credit card that I use for most purchases and I pay it off in full every month. For me, the benefits I outlined earlier far outweigh any negative side effects of using plastic. I stress, this is for my personal financial situation. Each person needs to do what is best for their own situation.
In the case of both guns and credit cards, I believed that used properly, they both have their place and are necessary in our society.
Maybe. There are people who are passionate about both guns and credit cards, either for or against. I understand that people feel strongly about both topics and I welcome comments.
Note: There is no political agenda for this article. I believe that ultimately, people are responsible for their actions – both good and bad. It is your duty to be educated and understand how to use tools such as guns or credit cards properly.