I saw your post on Facebook the other day, talking about how scared you were when you saw someone open carrying a gun. You asked questions that I have heard so many times before, why would anyone feel the need to be armed, how are you supposed to know if they’re a good guy or a bad guy, how for all you know the person carrying could have a mental illness and snap at any time.
I wanted to engage you in conversation, to talk to you rationally about the realities of carrying a firearm for self protection, but I knew your mind had already been made up. I know that you aren’t in a place where you could listen openly to another point of view. I know from your posts that you have bought into the lies and misconceptions spread by groups like Moms demand action and Everytown. You hear the stats that they produce and phrases like “gun show loophole” and you wonder how anyone could be against “common sense gun measures” and I get it, I really do, because if that’s all you’ve ever heard on a subject then those measures really do seem common sense.
I know you’re not listening but here’s what I want to tell you about guns and the people who carry them. Guns are not to be feared, they’re a tool, much like a knife or a baseball bat. They can be used for sport and hunting and recreation. They can be really fun to shoot and I think if you tried it sometime you would probably really enjoy the experience. Yes I know what you would say next, that we have to do more to stop the bad guys with guns, and I don’t disagree with you at all, but you see there are already laws in place that stop people with a history of domestic violence and felonies from owning firearms. How else would you suggest we stop people who have no criminal history from owning a gun, if there was any real, thought out, workable solution to this problem then I and most of the gun community would probably support it, but as of right now this isn’t minority report and we don’t have pre-crime, so I don’t see how we can stop the bad guys who haven’t yet done anything bad from legally buying a firearm.
What about the gun show loophole you would ask. No such thing exists dear friend, firearm dealers at gun shows have to put people through the same background check that would happen if you bought from a store. What people really mean when they talk about the gun show loophole is private party sales, the ability that I have to sell a gun to another individual. You see, gun show loophole has become one of those phrases that has taken on a life of it’s own and the meaning has been lost. When you as an anti gun person hear “gun show loophole” you have visions of criminals walking into a gun fest and walking out with armloads of unregistered guns. That simply isn’t the case and doesn’t happen and I would love for you to come to a gun show with me dear friend and see for yourself what goes on at one so that you can put your gun show loophole arguments to rest.
Now why do I feel the need to be armed? For the same reason you want to restrict access to guns friend, to feel safer. To me safety is not something that can come from preventing other people from doing bad things, that’s a dream that we all know will never come true. Bad people will always be bad whether they have access to guns or knives or rocks or bare fists. We can’t prevent bad from happening in the world, all we can do is be prepared to fight against evil when we see it, whether that’s a corrupt government or someone invading your home. So I carry to ensure that if anything were to happen to me and my family, that I have a fighting chance of coming out on top. That I have a force equal or greater than the person who would attack or harm me. I don’t believe that threats lurk around every corner, nor do I hope for the day when I will be able to pull my gun out Rambo style and emerge the hero. I hope and pray every day that I never need to use my gun, that you and others like you will never even need to know I have it. But please know my friend, that if the day ever comes when I need to defend your life, I will still be there even though you don’t think I should have my gun, because I care about your safety too.
As a Brit living and working in the USA, her views on gun ownership and the second amendment have evolved over the years, allowing her to fully understand both sides of the gun control debate and she regularly speaks on the matter to help others understand why she feels the second amendment must be protected and why she chooses to be an advocate for the shooting sports.
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