I own a gun and it serves a purpose. Namely – I keep livestock and occasionally we have to deal with stray dogs and raccoons attacking. I also have been known to hunt on occasion. When the gun is not holstered on my person with the safety on, it is unloaded and kept behind a lock in a location that is both out of reach and not immediately obvious. I prefer concealed carry because it prevents the sort of people who get stupid whenever they see a gun from, well, getting stupid.
I have also, unfortunately, been in a situation where I had to defend myself with a force intended to be lethal (regrettably it was not and the individual went on to attack at least two other women). In that case, it was not a gun I used, but I had repeatedly to deal with people asking ‘well couldn’t you have run?’ and making some asinine statements like ‘well he wasn’t going to kill you so you it wasn’t worth taking his life’ as though I was the bad guy for defending myself. My being successful in defending myself also meant they ‘couldn’t’ (read as – wouldn’t) charge him with a more serious crime and he only ended up getting six months in jail for ‘simple assault’.
I have also had to deal with a toxic family member and a stalker, and the police were pretty much entirely non-responsive in both situations. In both situations, I ended up having to break the law to defend myself and my property. Perhaps it would have been ruled self defense, but since in both cases I had the ability to flee and am the one who escalated (both times by physically throwing a person out of my house), in 29 states I would have been taking my chances.
I wish there was a way to keep unreasonable, stupid, and malevolent people from owning guns. And from voting. And from being out in public on a general basis. I support gun control laws, but I also think stand your ground laws serve a necessary purpose. They are just currently being twisted and abused to further a particular brand of stupid.
Gun safety courses should be required to own a gun, and instructors who see a student being a bit too gungho about owning a firearm should have the ability to fail the student. But we don’t live in a perfect world.
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