a reply to: cosmickat
I was born and have lived in the States most of my life. I have traveled abroad, and spent several years in what was West Germany” during the 1980's
in the US Army. I also participated in the 1st gulf war. Although I always felt safe in Europe, where I carried sometimes (mostly unloaded) weapons as
part of my Army service, I did not feel safe in in the ME. I did not understand the culture, where boundaries lay, or if I was possibly offending
people. I had a Saudi Lt. Col. who was about 23 years old try to buy a female Lieutenant from me at one point, and I was offered young boys for my
“amusement.” I hated defending those folks with my life and the lives of my soldiers.
I have never felt the need to carry a gun for protection in the US. I can do so legally with the CWP that I have, but I only do so on the occasional
times during the year that I go to the range with my friends to shoot target. I hunt, but not with an AR-15; I use the old fashioned bolt action guns
and a pump shotgun.
For all the talk about American violence with guns, and I do not dispute the figures, I still feel safer here in the US than when I have gone to the
ME, or Central and South America. Maybe I do not understand culture in these places, and so it frightens me.
As I mentioned, I have never been in a situation in the US where I needed a gun to protect myself. That is saying a lot, because as a younger man I
ran with a “fast” crowd, got into some bad situations, and had to learn to run quickly and occasionally get into a scuffle or two. I wish my
fellow Americans could get over the fear and hype that is sold to us in a daily basis about how unsafe the US is, as compared to other parts of the
Imagine going to a place where almost every household has an AK-47, and people are willing to shoot their neighbors, get into running gun-battles over
an insult, and are not adverse to killing your children to prove a point or avenge their “honor.” I don't think most of us would want to stay in
that neighborhood, but the reality is that millions of our fellow human beings live in these conditions.
Fear is a great motivator. It also sells advertising on the news stations. So, our news channels report items that can be sensationalized to make
money. No conspiracy there, just business. I like a good action movie – who wants to see a story about my boring life where I get up, go to work,
come home and go to bed without anyone trying to kill me?
Sorry if I have hopped around on this, but what I am trying to say is that the danger is overrated. Relax, reflect on what your life is really like,
and how dangerous your situation really is on a day-to-day basis. When was the last time in your life that you needed a weapon to defend yourself?
When was the last time you were really threatened?
My bet is for most of you it involved a traffic situation, and no one was trying to harm you, just drivers not doing a good job of driving.
For those few out there who have real danger, I have been there, and wish for your safety, and am glad to not be in those places anymore. My advice is
get the hell out of there. Selah.
Afterthought - I know we are afraid of the strangers and refugees, but how much fear might they have to leave their homes and lives behind. Compassion
doesn't hurt, it is free, and you might get to like it.
edit on 26-10-2015 by olbe66 because: Spelling, afterthought.