The day I am so concerned about the world around me (statistically, frighteningly, what have you) that I feel obligated to own a gun and attempt to keep it by my side at all times, or spout about how awesome it is in some misguided hope that that promotes a safer society, better be the the same year that something terrifying has happened in this world and all hope of human progress has been lost. Because until the Zombie Apocalypse or something similar is on the way, I can't imagine why I would want to promote a gun toting society. Really, I can't. I've never met a stranger, which I meet many of daily (on an island and at a hotel), and thought how much safer I would feel if only guns were entered into this equation. NEVER. Not once. Not a year ago when I was being yelled at by a crazed and upset rasta man about to enter his vehicle pointed directly at me, not last week as I escorted people that I sincerely think were on Meth, out of a bar. Not at all. I wouldn't feel safer if I had one and they didn't. Definitely not if some random stranger had one and the other "crazy guy" stranger didn't. It's just not part of the equation I am living in. And if I literally lived every encounter of my life through that gun-thought prism, it would be a sadder more shielded life.
If your response to this is something along the lines of "you'll be sorry when it happens to YOU", my simple response is "No, no I won't be. If I died of gun-fire tomorrow after posting this, it would still be a statistical anomaly based on how I lived my life and you would still be wrong." You know what would make it drastically statistically more likely for me to die by gun-fire tomorrow? If I owned a gun.
Learn what “anecdotal evidence” is. Look up “self-fulfilling prophecy”. Soak in homicide rates for children in house holds with guns vs no guns. Look up SPS. Whatever it is, it's not philosophically sound and the act of unabashedly bragging about your guns rather than humbly and quietly accepting your right to have them responsibly, is actually one of the most disrespectful things I can think of doing that is somehow in the realm of reason among people I know and love.
I'm not against gun ownership but damn am I annoyed at the purveying of it as a backbone for society. If that's your ideal, you don't set your sites very high.
is a thirty-something guy who hasn't been able to look away from politics since 2008. Around the time he got tired of staring at religion.