FishOrMan ~ thank you for your offer. I have to admit, I have enjoyed what little gun practice I have had, and hope to one day have more. I know my immediate, personal fear of guns is based in ignorance and lack of experience. My political views, however, are informed by fear of extremists, irresponsible yahoos, and senseless murders and injury. To be clear: I also respect that it is a constitutional right. Done...that -as a right- should be defended. I'm not interested in disrupting anyone's rights. Hell, I'm barely interested in any of it. I'm not active on the issue...these are little more than not-well-informed opinions. I dont follow the issue or debate. If it werent my own blog, I'd NEVER have grounds for blathering my opinions.
An aside...I once dated a man who hunted for his dinner. That -as well as his respect for that which he killed- was very cool to me (being a Kroger/Publix type of chick myself). SO kudos, from "the other side" (of the gun issue).
But certain things concern me about your comment. Again, I have great respect for responsible gunmanship (Ted Nugent, perhaps?). I know the comment about "guns dont kill people, people do"...but I would hazard to guess there are many, many, many irresponsible people toting guns. Would you agree they should not be armed irresponsibly and illegally? I'd like THESE people NOT to have weapons. But I think that delves into a whole different socio-economic-opportunity kind of discussion. Still, these are still GUNS people are waving around.
I have to admit, while I appreciate the willingness of my neighbor to defend me against terrorism, I dont feel my home is in immediate danger of a lone gunman. If so, its at least as likely to be my drunk neighbor as a terrorist. I'd feel safer if NOBODY in my neighborhood had guns. Sure, have them where there is legitimate hunting...but that's not my little suburban development. Now if the gunman can make my water supply, financial institutions or friends abroad safer against terrorism...let's talk about that!
As for our own government being the enemy...I dont agree. I find that to sound dangerously militant. Believe me, I DO.NOT.LIKE the direction our goverment is taking these days. I see our civil and corporal rights in great danger. I see things imploding some days. And, yes, it is scary. But I see no need to shoot anyone around me...I see no solution in that. And even if the intent is not to kill, but only to threaten or exert power...that is a VERY slippery, dangerous slope. Call me Switzerland, I dont want any part of it. Maybe its my own ignorance, but I dont know of any lone gunman who has held off TheMan by a successful show of physical threat. Really, the way YOU did it was absolutely right in my book (again, this is a thin, poorly-informed book!).
I dont see how a gun in your hands will ensure that ANY government stays in the hands of any people. It isnt working right now (nor is any of my own spouting). I dont see what a gun in my closet will REALLY do to protect life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. AND, I am fairly sure NONE of my Jewish friends carry guns (and why would they do so more or less than anyone else? would a home weapon have prevented the Holocaust?).
I believe thinking a gun will protect your liberty or defend you against a whole government is a false sense of security. Isnt it just as likely to get you killed? aHow will that one gun protect me once the S.W.A.T. team is aimed at me? And arent many people's own weapons the cause of their death? I thought I once heard an odd statistic to that effect (again, could be more propaganda, I dont know).
I surely am not sufficiently informed to debate this with a well-versed gun advocate. Nor do I wish to talk the gun out of a responsible sportsman or peaceful person. As a non-killer to the greatest degree of my carnivorous, leather-wearing lifestyle I simply do not like guns...I dont see much useful purpose for them in our current society.
But, I do still commend you for defending your rights in a presumably civil fashion...well done, and thank you for your comment (and I welcome correction on any of my oversights)!