The Gun – An Instrument Of Peace And Stability

A TEDx talk in Amsterdam by a high ranking military commander in the Netherlands:

Colored roll marks? Low end furniture? At first I thought it smelled like airsoft. Then the camera zoomed in for a split second at 14:14 (Click to enlarge):

Looks to me like the infamous 3rd hole is present (the one that would accommodate an auto parts kit), along with a Diemaco roll mark on the lower.

He makes some really good points, that are applicable in all countries. I recommend watching this video. In fact I don’t think ive ever watched a TEDx video I didn’t like.


Hat tip: Tomas



Garin December 3, 2011 at 12:18 am

He said something about “the state monopoly on the use of violence.” I believe in the second amendment that says the people have that power!


Poppy December 4, 2011 at 01:40 am

The state has a monopoly on the legitimate use of force. Only for the government is it socially acceptable to kill/assault/imprison people in cases other than self-defense (i.e. assassinations, preemptive war, jails, arrests, etc).

It’s really better off this way, or else the nation will devolve into Somlia-esque levels of shittiness.


Poppy December 4, 2011 at 01:45 am

Also, what’s with all the government hate? You do realize it’s a necessary institution right?

The entire point of the gov is to have more power than the people, or else it’ll just be an impotent mess.


Mike B. December 4, 2011 at 08:24 am

Not to start something, but my opinion is that the government should be more of a guide than a power.


Poppy December 4, 2011 at 02:28 pm

What do you mean?


Ernest Young December 4, 2011 at 04:43 pm



DaveP. December 4, 2011 at 12:44 pm

…dude? He’s not American. He’s Dutch and they don’t have a 2nd, or a Bill of Rights for that matter.


Michael Bakowski December 3, 2011 at 01:48 am

I enjoyed this lecture, However did anyone else notice that he has an ACOG with a EOtech magnifier?

I guess he’s just that much of a boss.


s30 December 3, 2011 at 11:19 am

Herp Derp


The Kiwi December 3, 2011 at 01:11 pm

That’s not an ACOG mate.


Ernest Young December 3, 2011 at 09:34 pm

You can do that with an Eotech


ENDO-Mike December 3, 2011 at 10:27 pm

Yea, it’s an Aimpoint in this case though.


Gregory Markle December 3, 2011 at 02:09 am

I would disagree with him vehemently on his assertion that the state monopoly on violence led to the decrease in violence and it amazes me that anyone who uses the Nazis and the Cold War as examples could spew such ridiculousness having seen what the state monopoly on violence did in those cases. He forgets that the reason father was a good marksman was because he learned to shoot due to private ownership of arms, not because the state empowered him to do so…and then failed to provide adequate arms with it mattered most.

In reality, the prosperity brought about by free markets reduced the incentive to incite violence and violence tends to occur where those markets are disrupted. The right to use violence to protect life and property is inherent in every human being, not legitimized by the fiat of politicians. Mr. Uhm would do well to remember that it is not the good that a law can create at the behest of good people that matters, it’s what evil that same law can enable in the hands of evil people that must be the guide.


ExurbanKevin December 3, 2011 at 05:18 pm

You’re right, of course, but I’ll give him a pass on this one due to where he’s served. There’s lots of good things to be said for stable governments if you’ve recently been to where widespread violence is an everyday thing. Having lived in Ecuador when the military decided to put on a show of force and let the civilian government know who’s REALLY in charge, there’s a lot to be said for having civilians who can resist any illegal and immoral power grabs by the military.


Maigo December 3, 2011 at 07:47 am

The only think that makes me think it’s NOT airsoft is the oil, though it could be one of the ultra realistic gas blowback rifles the BATFE doesn’t like.


ExurbanKevin December 3, 2011 at 09:06 am

Could be oiled up to give a nice sheen for the cameras.


Ernest Young December 4, 2011 at 08:23 am

I used to oil my $200 airsoft GBB glocks, otherwise the seals will bust and the metal on metal friction can cause issues if there’s no oil.


s30 December 3, 2011 at 11:21 am

They arent airsoft, they are Colt Canada C7 rifles and C8’s.


ENDO-Mike December 3, 2011 at 02:01 pm

I swear none of you guys ever read my posts haha


Josh December 3, 2011 at 02:25 pm

I come for the pictures and videos… words are too much trouble!


ENDO-Mike December 3, 2011 at 02:26 pm

haha says the guy who schools people in multiple paragraph replies in the comments :P


Josh December 3, 2011 at 02:36 pm

I like to write my friend; it doesn’t mean I like to read! I’m making jokes though; I read your posts!


s30 December 4, 2011 at 01:17 am



Theblackknight December 3, 2011 at 02:39 pm

Software>Hardware post of the day: Greg


Jusuchin (Military Otaku) December 3, 2011 at 06:03 pm

Interesting points. Saved for future re-viewing. I know a few who might like this.



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