Thanks for everyone's responses and compliments. I didn't think about how this would be read by people in Cali, or Illinois, or the UK where gun rights are so much more strict. It is sad to live in fear, and it is even more sad when we have to fear one another. My opinions on guns come from a lifetime of experience with them, and I personally think everyone should have at least a cursory knowledge of how to operate a gun, and I believe everyone should have the right to own and carry one.
I can't believe there are highly educated and accomplished people that still think law-abiding gun owners are "dangerous." The Governor's opinion
from Illinois quoted above is just appalling to me. He says lawmakers should know what the "people" think. Maybe Illinois should put it up for
open ballot to the whole state? I bet the Governor would find himself in the minority opinion, and then like a good politician, I bet his opinion
would change to match the more popular one.