posted on Apr, 30 2007 @ 11:38 AM
I used to be one of those who was against guns. Then I moved from a large California city to the mountains of Tennessee and realized we needed a
shotgun to protect our animals from mountain lions, wild dog packs, etc. I also realized that in a town with only 2 policepersons for the entire
county, that if someone meant us harm, it would most likely take at least 15 min. for them to get here. By that time, my husband and I are dead. (We
actually have zero violent crime by strangers here, but still you never know).
We have a neighbor who had 20 goats, all were killed by a pack of wild dogs.
So we went out to Wal-Mart and bought our first gun, a nice shotgun and one that I know how to use. While we were making our purchase, the man selling
us the gun told us that Australia had confiscated all its guns from their citizens. I could hardly believe it, I mean Australians value their guns as
much as and maybe even more than, most Americans. But, yep, sure enough they did it. They called for all guns to be relinquished and people dutifully
gave up their guns. Amazing. I realized then that if it could happen to the Aussies, it could well happen to us.
I'm actually thinking of joining the NRA now, since it's the best ally we have in fighting to keep our guns. They are a very strong lobby for guns,
too. I think armed citizens are a very scary thing for our leaders and that's a good thing, it helps to keep them at least somewhat in check.
Sometimes, my husband visits his brother out of state and I am here alone. I'm not usually afraid here, but I do feel safer just knowing that I ahve
a way to protect myself and my animals.