He was the base owner, with a White Ninja and i was a bad guy, a snake or something. I announce here i am in all my evil snake-like glory, and i'm going to attack your base! Is there anything you want to tell me? He says "yes, please don't attack me." I pause for a brief moment, and then my LEGO figure lunges forth and chops of the White ninja's head.
Well, that wasn't very effective. What else could we do? I ask.
He said i'm going to put up a sign that says don't attack my base. He then goes and writes a note, and attaches the sticky to the front of the base that says "plese no atak."
My snake goes up to the note, reads it, and then proceeds to pass right by it, lifts up his blaster, and shoots the white ninja dead.
Well that didn't work either. What else could you possibly do to keep me from attacking? I ask again.
He thinks for a minute, then goes into the LEGO box. A minute later, he arrives with the solution, and attaches it to the top of his base.
It's a massive cannon.
I announce that i'm going to attack again. As i move towards the base, a giant cannonball in the form of a 6-year-old fist comes flying out and crushes the snake.
Done. End of attack.
So now i ask Alexander what exactly he thought about what happened? His response was priceless. He tells me to keep the bad guys out you need to be protected, and have a big gun. That way, they won't attack. Or if they do, they'll get smothered. They know this, so they won't attack.
I sit quietly for a second in awe and marvel that a child age 6 has more common sense than half the idiots in Washington DC. You can expand this concept out to the US as a whole, justifying the need for a strong military and a functional and capable nuclear arsenal to act as a deterrent. Both valid and necessary roles of the Federal Government. Or you can even narrow the scope down to one single household. If you have a gun, and a burglar knows there is a good chance you have a gun, do you think he's going to risk his life for that flat-screen in your living-room or a pair of Nikes in you closet? Nooooo, i don't think so!
How is it that at age 6, it is such a simple concept to grasp, yet adult's brains simply seize up at the though of self defense? Simply mind boggling!