reply to post by kingmonkey
oh, ok... now I understand where you were coming from with the "afraid of guns" statement you made.
but to be honest, i've also considered the NO ONE HAS GUNS scenario...the dreamer in me pined for it. but the reality for all people worldwide, is
that be it a gun, knife, rock or SPORK(the infamous spoon fork for the unknowing lol!) one would still possibly run into a conflict of some sort, be
it one on one, or in larger numbers....it's in our basic nature as humans/ but so is individual peace of mind, imagine the duality in that. i believe
that ants and humans
are the only species that wage organized war
against each other. dunno. seen that somewhere on tv, an animal program i seen once, maybe an entomologist can correct me if i'm wrong.
owning a weapon, in my eyes , is no different than owning a car. both are tools, require training and familiarity and RESPONSIBLITY for those that own
them. you must be responsible for the repercussions for misuse of either. but to deny the world vehicles, in that they have and do kill, either by
intention, or accidentally, is as silly as the gun/no gun debate. i was looking for stats to express the 2(weapons/vehicles), but not many sites have
one readily avails that didnt lump all people that died from gun or vehicle deaths together, be it accidental, murder, self defense, by law
but for the anti-gunners, most stats did say "BY 2005, GUN DEATHS MAY SURPASS VEHICLE RELATED DEATHS..." though in what ways and how, they didnt
explain....so have fun!
but, in terms of my "being on the business end" experiences. all i have to say is that, those things happened due to many factors. some greater than
myself, but the lesson they displayed were great enough for me to take note:
what does society lack for all people, that would make one man desperate enough to take from another person or persons? why take the risk of
imprisonment or worse, an early death? that issue needs to be addressed on a larger front.
pay attention to your instincts, and do not second guess or reverse yourself for anyone. better cautious, than caught up.
if you feel that you must defend yourself, determine in what way, seek training or educate yourself in the manner conducive to that manner in which
you want to defend you and yours.
and understand the pros and cons to the actions in which you choose said defense and be fully, fully accountable for those actions.
pardon my bias, as growing up in an american law enforcement household, entering military service and my own individual drive to try to remain self
reliant when it comes to my own safety and my loved ones, has led me to my thinking......well....that and those GUN IN MY FACE, DO AS HE SAYS
scenarios really reinforced my upbringing....lol!