- 10 years ago
- Wedding: April 2010
It’s kind of shocking that so many people think that gun owners are crazy people who will shoot someone. Yes, if I had to, I would shoot someone and I wouldn’t think twice about it but I hope I am never in that situation.
Something I have seen mentioned several times is the phrase “assault weapon.” I am curious to find out what people on this thread actually think that is. I have noticed that people seem to spout off rule for gun ownership without actually knowing what the weapons actually are.
I don’t want to get into a gun-control debate with anyone, as far as I’m concerned it’s a constitutionally protected right just like free speech.
And yes, I own a firearm, carry a concealed weapon, and my mom is a card carrying member of the NRA. 🙂
“I don’t know, I don’t live in constant fear of being attacked/robbed so I haven’t come up with a game plan.”
I don’t think having thought about the possibility is “living in fear”. It’s just “being prepared”. Like having insurance; you hope you never need it, but it’s there if you do.
We should all have a plan in case the house catches on fire for everyone to get out and meet at a certain location; that doesn’t mean people live in fear of fires. We should also all have a ‘loaded’ fire extinguisher and know how to use it.
We tell kids not to talk to strangers, yet according to the Dept of Justice, only 115 kidnappings in the given year are done by strangers. Statistically, it’s very very very unlikely your kid would be kidnapped by a stranger.
Also according to the Dept of Justice, 1 in 6 homes will be broken into.
To me and the vast majority of gun owners, it’s something you know you statistically you will probably will never have to use. (If your house is broken into, most of the time it’s when no one is home.) But it’s better to have it and not need it, than to need it and not have it.
I grew up not locking the doors to the house and leaving the car keys hanging in the ignition. I don’t feel any less safe now that I live in the city (I do lock my doors now, and don’t leave the car keys in the ignition. But I don’t feel less safe when I go to bed at night living in the city versus the country.)
That’s not even a reasonable comparison to gun ownership. You can’t go buy enriched plutonium or nerve gas becaues there is no good or useful purpose that a general civilian can do with those items.
There are lots of useful/good things that a general civilian can do with guns – between hunting, self-protection, or just plain entertainment through target shooting. That’s why they are available while nerve gas and enriched plutonium are not.
Fi has a liscense to carry a concealed weapon.
This is advice given to me from the Probation Officers who carry around extremely strong mace. The kind that you have to be sprayed with before being allowed to buy it. The kind that could make you go blind if you’re not careful. Ever since they told me that I either make my own mace solution or carry around a small thing of Raid with me while walking my dog!
(This is of course, if you don’t want to buy a gun and use that. There are many alternatives as you mentioned 🙂
Also, just in general I’m glad this topic is here. Why? Because I think it’s at least making people aware! You would be surprised at how relaxed you are when you come into your house and are not aware of your surroundings. I don’t want to live in fear. But another thing the probation officers stress to me everyday is being aware and at least checking the rooms in your house when you come in! They don’t stress that I have to get a gun. But they say at least get a knife from the kitchen while you’re looking. There could be someone hiding randomly and then oops, come in while you’re in the shower.
He also contstantly is jumping out of corners to scare me. At first I was like, what the heck is wrong with you?! Why do you keep scaring me like this? (You can tell we’re really prefessional, haha). His reasoning is that women in general need to be aware at all times. He gets so frustrated with his wife that she is so trusting of her surroundings. I guess we do have a slanted view because we work with people who are violent everyday… but I’m so glad he is teaching me all of this stuff. I still want to get a gun. But in the meantime I think being aware and prepared is worth it!
**Those of you in Canada I guess don’t have to worry about this. But the city I live in, there is concern. And as long as the laws are the way they are, and as long as you have people around you that try to take advantage of you, I think you should consider at least being aware. 🙂
DH has guns and a permit to carry a pistol. He doesn’t carry it with him usually though. He taught me how to use it properly and follow a lot of the rules that @Abbyful has already mentioned. When he is out of town that gun is in my nightstand loaded in case of intruders, and I will use it if I have to to protect myself.
He locks his shotguns up in his cabinet. He hunts & we eat what he shoots.
I’m looking into getting my license to carry as well, my SIL has hers b/c Brother-In-Law is a state trooper and there was a problem awhile ago with troopers and their families being targets.
I’ve had my apartment broken into before. I wasn’t there at the time but based on what was taken/left at the scene, the intruder did not just come for the TV. He knew a woman lived there. It was a very frightening experience and informs my personal views on gun ownership.
For the Canada posters, I’ve always wondered about the difference between your gun culture and ours down south of you. I saw Bowling for Columbine and that made some sense, but as a history nerd, it seems to me that the seeds for American gun culture [which by the way I’m not judging or calling “crazy” or anything like that. Just noting the differences] were sown around the mid-18th century, and started to realy develop around the Revolution and beyond.
I have a gun. I live in an apt complex and there’s any number of people living around me that I don’t know or trust – and for a long time pre-husband, I had my own room in an apt of girls in a city Ted Bundy liked to murder in. If someone were to randomly choose my apt one night and break in, I have my .22 in its case by my bed. Like many others have said, it’s not the trained, legal-gun-having people you need to worry about, it’s the people who obtained their weapon illegally and have horrendous motives. As long as they have access to guns, I will also.
Thankfully, I’ve never had to shoot it and have no intention of doing so (other than in a range for entertainment) unless someone is assaulting me.
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