Date registered: Apr 2004
Location: The BlueGrass State
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I own firearms for the simple reason that it is MY responsibility to take care of myself and my family. Many areas of this [and other] countries don't have need to carry or actively keep loaded weapons handy, others do.
I simply prefer to accept the responsibility for my safety. It is not based on fear, it is based on simple Boy Scouts principles...Be Prepared. At this time, I have that right. If the right were abridged, I would address that point at the time.
While I have a concealed carry permit, I have not carried in years unless I am in the mountains hiking or traveling through unknown areas [and then I keep the weapon in the car glove box]. I taught CC classes and strongly urged most of the folks in class to leave before they continued as they were there for the wrong reasons.
Many like to cite statistics about the number of deaths/population in the US and show how the US is so violent. The numbers are somewhat misleading as they are skewed to high density urban areas which have more gun/knife/baseballbat/skillet killings per capita than the very vast majority of this country which has the majority of firearms and minimal violence.
In Kentucky [considered one of the more Redneck, dangerous states by many], there are more firearms per capita than nearly any other state BUT our death/wounding rate is much less because the lack of violence. In the 15 or so years that the Concealed Carry Permit process has been legal in Kentucky, not one murder/manslaughter has been committed by a holder of the permit.
Also the number of weapons per person is a wildly misplaced number. Statistics would suggest that there are 270 Million Guns for our 300 Million people, or realistically nearly one gun per person. That would be OK but many gun owners, in fact MOST gun owners have multiple guns. Why, why not.
I have six watches. I need one. I have 12 cars. I need three [I REALLY got to sell some cars] I have 10 firearms. Logic says I need four [home, car, USPSA Practical Competition Shooting, Silhouette target shooting]. OK, maybe FOUR cars.
Point is, many firearms are in the hands of collectors who make up a large number of the weapons in this country. It is not the "everybody has a gun" place that some like to make it.
People have weapons for many reasons. Protection, security, hunting, hobby, collection, BECAUSE, fear, nefarious. It is one of those CHOICE things. Don't want a gun, don't get one. I only know of two people who bought guns out of fear. Both sold them after the fear went away. Nice part is, for the time being it is everyone's right. It is their privilege and their responsibility.
99.9% of gun owners the the US take that responsibility seriously and have never fired a gun in anger or fear. That is the statistic that needs much more media.
Being smart is knowing the difference, in a sticky situation between a well delivered anecdote and a well delivered antidote - bear.