reply to post by FirstCasualty
While I appreciate your wish for a society that doesn't require you to harm someone for the sake of your own safety, I have some simple conflict with
Humanity has, and presumably always will have, members that will do harm to others for their own gain. History has given us no reason to believe that
this will ever change. I can't imagine the trauma you experienced in your situation... I would point out however, that banning a weapon or substance
does not ever, in any case in history, remove it from the hands of those who desire it. As long as it is produced or manufactured, someone who isn't
intended to have it, will still have it. This is fact historically and presently.
Drugs are illegal, yet anyone who wants them can get them with relative ease. Now, the only people who have drugs are, by definition, criminals. So
you have violence that is associated with drugs, just as you had massive mobster violence during Prohibition. When is the last time you knew of
someone killing someone else intentionally over a transaction of alcohol? When you make something illegal, the criminal enterprise will profit and
violence will occur because of it. Do people die of DUI's? Sure, but the widespread crime and violence of Prohibition overshadows these numbers many
times - enough so that Prohibition was recalled.
I have a handgun safe bolted between my headboard and mattress with fingerprint security. Our house was built with safety in mind such that my kids
bedrooms are near our bedroom, separate from the rest of the house with a hallway and a door. If my alarm goes off at night, I have a clear shot at
the intruder, as well as the high ground.
There were a small number of home invasions in the suburban town next to mine and the police took nearly 10 minutes to respond from the time the call
was dialed. By this time, the intruders (armed with baseball bats) had nearly beaten a 14 year old boy to death and began raping his mother. When
sirens were heard, they made a successful run. They hit 4 houses and were never caught. Should we ban baseball bats, or equip law-abiding citizens
with the means protect themselves and their children?
If guns were ever successfully banned and completely eliminated (which my prohibition example and many others show is impossible), criminals would use
another choice of weapon. So I would be left fighting 4 men with bats in my living room with my own bat. Banning items doesn't work - it simply puts
the items only in the hands of those who would misuse them for personal gain. As long as these people exist, the need to protect ourselves with deadly
force will as well.