Originally posted by bellagirl
....are americans living in a constant state of fear that leads them to keep and carry guns ???
I'll give a well-thought and honest reply.
I do own guns. I won't say exactly how little or how many, but I will tell you that I do carry concealed.
I grew up in decent county within my state. At an early age, my mom gave me the freedom to do what I wanted as long as my grades at school were
exceptional. With that freedom, I rode my bike and explored every part of my town at all hours of the day/night. When I was old enough to obtain my
driver's licence (age 16), I explored even more. There was no ounce of fear, anxiety, concern, etc. because I was a town full of people that
actually said "Hello" as you walked by each other. When I turned the age of 21, I obtained my permit to carry a firearm one month after my birthday
because I am a realist. Even though I grew up in a great area, I understand that all it takes is one bad apple to turn your life upside down.
At the age of 22, I moved into a city 2 hours away from my hometown for higher education. The cultural difference was absolutely astounding.
Everywhere you look, people were in a rush, no one said "Hello" or "Thank you", and once in a year somebody would actually hold the door open for
you. The city was/is filled with crime, my university would constantly report of robberies, grand theft, and aggravated assault about 2-3 times a
month. The school authorities would even tell us about the murders that were occurring in the surrounding areas (I'd like to note only about 1/4 of
the murders involved a firearm). I kept my firearm in my vehicle, but not on my waist while on campus because it is a gun-free zone; however, my
vehicle is my property.
I own weapons for the same reason people have an insurance policy for their motorcycle, home, or even for their life (life insurance), etc. I own them
in case I need to use it.
People don't have motorcycle insurance thinking they are going to get hit by a car every singe day or that a tree will fall on top of it every time
they park their motorcycle.
People don't have a home insurance policy because they are living in fear by thinking a telephone pole is going to crash into their dining room or
that a small airplane may crash into their master bedroom.
People own the above just in case there is a SLIM chance that they may need the insurance policy in case a bad event happens.
This isn't a perfect world and bad things do happen.
This whole gun control argument can be looked at on a different cultural perspective by splitting up the "gun nuts" and the "socialist anti-gun
people" into two groups: the realists and the idealists. Even though I am a realist, I wish I could see the idealist's perspective on the world,
unfortunately that is impossible. That being said, this discussion can last eons by going in the same circles every other discussion has been going in
regarding this issue at hand.
To answer the OP's question: "....are americans living in a constant state of fear that leads them to keep and carry guns ???"
For a collective answer "No". Some may own them because of fear, but many of my friends and acquaintances own firearms for the same reason I own my
firearms... because we are realists who realize bad things happen on a daily basis nationwide and worldwide. We don't live in fear, but we own our
firearms because it is our own version of life insurance whether it be for hunting (food) or saving our life from a threat (mugger). Even though most
crimes are usually small and localized events, they DO happen nonetheless. I only have one life and I'm not going to lose it because some drug addict
randomly thinks the money in my wallet will pay for his next "fix".
My world is my world. You're world is your world. We cannot make the other see the "truth" whatever it may be...
Note: Don't take my post in a negative manner; it was written with sincerity.