a reply to: Saiker
It would be a much worse story if the idiot pulled the trigger. I am typically a conservative except their tendency to say I'm a bad person
because of my sexuality and their stance on guns.
Being on the receiving end of a gun to the head as a child my stance on whom has a gun is pretty solid.
OK, I simply have to address this...
You are NOT a bad person unless you harm others. Period. I don't give two half-shakes of a rat's rear assembly what someone's 'sexuality' is. It's
irrelevant to what kind of person they are. If you're male, please don't make a pass at me, but that's all I care about.
As for the childhood experience... sheesh, you have my sympathy!
Now, that said, many people have more than just four years in the military to show them how to be responsible with a gun, and really, it's not just
responsibility with a gun that is in question. It's responsibility overall. If someone picks fights and tends to throw a punch over minor things, that
is the person I do not want to have a gun... training be damned! The guy who is slow to anger, who thinks logically and analyzes the situation...
please let him be packing in case one of the other guys gets a gun!
I think it's more about insecurity than anything else. The guy in this case was likely just trying (in his own mind) to feel like a big man because he
normally doesn't feel that way. For a few seconds there, he held power over someone else. When challenged, even just verbally, he retreated into his
insecurity again. Had he not had a gun, he would likely have exhibited the same behavior I mentioned above: picking fights and throwing punches over
minor issues. That's classical insecurity issues. Even with a gun, his insecurity caused him to back down from the confrontation.
So how do we stop this? Well, in the first place, remove the sources of insecurity. That would include restrictions on freedom... after all, if
someone is able to accomplish something important to them, they are less likely to feel insecure. When I am working on a project, there is no
insecurity... I am in my zone and comfortable. If I am in a dead-end job where I don't know if that jerk of a boss is going to fire me today, not so
much. If I have weapons available to protect myself, there is no insecurity... but if I hear of crimes nearby and I don't have any way to protect
myself, I might feel much less secure.
Wanna know what makes me feel insecure right now? I live in a nation where the police have power over me according to the law. Every time I hear about
a cop abusing his power, that's telling me that if I am in the presence of a cop, I should have no expectation of being treated as anything more than
an annoyance by someone who is openly armed and apparently licensed to kill. I am at the mercy of his mood. When I hear about some idiot in Congress
wanting to take away my right to keep a gun handy, that makes me wonder what will happen if they actually pull it off and I come face to face with a
black bear or feral hog. What do I do when somebody decides they want what I have and invade my home, with any outside help sometimes an hour or so
away. When I hear about the "New Green Deal" taking away gasoline, how do I manage to get to town for supplies when it's ten miles away? I love
hamburgers, and they want to ban cows?
There's your insecurity, and it's coming straight from the pundits who have been desperately trying to divide us for so long... and are succeeding. No
wonder we have so many people going stoopid while armed.