Posted 5 months ago on Dec. 31, 2012, 4:04 p.m. EST by brightonsage
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There are people I trust with guns, myself, of course, and some of my family (rural hunters).
But you? Not so much. It seems like every time I hear you say something about guns, it make me more uncomfortable rather than more comfortable. When what you say has the taint of paranoia dripping from it or the aroma of willingness to use them in situations that are questionable at best, we get further apart.
I am reminded of those who scream at me about free speech. That we are are free to do disgusting things is not a mandate for most people to actually do them. With so much room in the middle, why do some people insist on spending most of their time hanging over the edges? You can pick your nose but don't expect applause.
The people who I would trust with guns would never write in this space demanding larger calibers, larger magazines, higher rates of fire, more penetrating bullets, laser sights, the right to shoot someone justified by their uncorroborated statement that they felt threatened by someone without a gun.
I feel threatened by people who become abusive because I won't support them having a gun without knowing anything about their mental health or track record.
So you may have the right, according to the Supreme Court to own a gun, but that alone doesn't make me feel comfortable that you are mature and stable enough to use and store one in such a way that makes me comfortable. The fact that you don't even feel inclined to make people around you comfortable, makes me uncomfortable with you. So, I would be more comfortable if someone, yes, even our government, took yours away before someone gets hurt with it. It might be me and more likely, according to the statistics, it might be you. It might just save your life.
More gun injuries occur to gun owners than to non gun owners.
Thanks for participating, If you read below you will see that my premise is validated with even the small population we have here. If you mention guns in any negative respect, especially if you reject the use of guns for any purpose, and even if you give the game away, there will be unbalanced individuals who will immediately and viciously attack you. And, like a pit bull, they won't let go. This demonstrates that they aren't suitable candidates for protecting the rest of us using guns because their hatred for you may exceed that they would have for perps who would use a gun against you to rob, rape, or otherwise forcibly exploit you. In fact, they might be the first to harm you in a fit of rage for your withholding approval of their love of guns (not guns per se, but the love of the use of guns). We have reason to fear those who claim to be protecting us the most. Vigilantes were never a good idea because of this.
Feel free to comment, but I will not respond to the crazies.