Kenny Roger’s “Coward of the County” is a very good argument for the Second Amendment

I’ve been introducing my children to the music of my youth, and Kenny Roger’s Coward of the Country came up on my mental playlist. I always liked that song, because it ends with the worm turning, which is a satisfying moment:

Listening to the song with my children, though, I got depressed.  You see, the song told from Tommy’s point of view — how he forswore violence because his “Daddy died in prison,” and then, after three men gang raped Becky, he wept over his father’s photograph, and bravely beat the gang rapists up, having suddenly realized that violence sometimes has a purpose.  Hooray!

Until today, however, I never thought about Becky:

There’s someone for evr’yone and Tommy’s love was Becky.
In her arms he didn’t have to prove he was a man.
One day while he was workin’ the Gatlin boys came callin’.
They took turns at Becky… there was three of them!

When I was younger, I don’t think I quite understood that “taking turns at Becky” meant she was gang raped.  I just kind of . . . I don’t know, mentally skipped that part.  Now, though, I fully understand what happened.  Poor, poor Becky, who was married to a man who had made it very clear throughout his life that he would not lift a hand to defend her.


If Tommy had made it plain from the start that he was opposed to gratuitous violence, but that he would fight to the death to defend those he loved, as well as other innocents and defenseless people, he still wouldn’t have ended up in jail.  The big difference had he shown his willingness to fight if necessary is that Becky wouldn’t have been gang raped.

That’s the thing about owning a gun.  It doesn’t mean that everyone who owns one is going to go crazy, shoot up bars, rob banks, kill people, and end up dying in prison.  What it means is that you’d better not mess with a gun owner.  Just because the gun owner isn’t proactively violent (i.e., a criminal), doesn’t mean that he (or she) won’t be violently defensive when his/her back (or the backs of those s/he loves) are up against the wall.

This is fundamentally a Democrat song.  Democrats disarm themselves and everyone else, and then, when the damage is done, they turn vicious.  What’s left behind is a blood bath.

The conservative way is better:  warn people in advance that they’d better not mess with you, and then no one dies.

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  • DL Sly

    The old sign that says, “This house protected by Smith & Wesson three nights a week.  You guess which three.” goes a long way toward that end.
    My version says, “This house protected by Smith & Wesson seven nights a week.  Don’t guess, go away.”

  • David Foster

    I always thought the song would be better if instead of…
    “He reached above the fireplace and took down his daddy’s picture”
    it had been…
    “He reached above the fireplace and took down his daddy’s RIFLE”

  • Caped Crusader

    Realizing she could count on Tommy only in a fit of rage, I understand that Becky did the following:


  • Charles Martel

    I’ve never met a pacifist yet who isn’t willing to sacrifice however many lives it takes to make the point that violence is wrong.

  • Ymarsakar

    Some people continually reinforce the cultural concept that males must serve as protectors if the youths wish to have any real power or say in matters. Since protecting other people presumes that one can protect one self first.

  • Matt

    I do not have time to pick each sentance of this review of Coward of the County, so I am going to simply say this:

    This review/report was the most mindless incoherent slop I have read in a long time. Most of what you wrote doesn’t make since and the rest is biased due to your own thoughts. This review should be removed.

    I am a nonviolent, multiple firearm owning family man.