Guns may be guaranteed by the Constitution. But why should anyone have the right to make us live in fear?
There are already laws against people threatening you with a gun.
I imagine it every time someone reaches into their pocket on a busy street or on a mostly deserted street.
There is no law against reaching into your pocket. If pocket reaching scares you, that’s a psychological issue. Seek help.
In America, you are always but a fabric’s width away from someone else’s piece of metal that could leave you dead.
True anywhere. Even places where guns are banned still have them. And there’s other pieces of metal that can kill you just as quickly, and more quietly.
You might think you’ll be safer if you have a gun, too. If they shoot you, you’ll just shoot them back. Right?
You are safer if you have a gun. But you’re right, you may not be able to shoot back.
Well what if they shoot you in the head? Or the eye? Or the heart? What then?
You’re screwed. Regrettably, it happens.
Your head or your eye or your heart or may never be the same. The people who love you may never be the same.
True. But in general, there are no guarantees in life.
But there’s a very real chance you won’t have time to fire back. It will all happen much faster than you could’ve imagined, all your hero fantasies evaporated in the ringing of a shot.
Possibly. But the reason I carry a gun has nothing to do with hero fantasies.
But what about my rights? The right to feel safe walking four blocks from my house without getting shot, unlike a man just yesterday afternoon. The right to know that it’s unlikely my family or friends won’t be victims of gun violence.
Those aren’t rights. It would be nice to live in such a womb, but nothing like that exists in human history. We are violent predators, historically and anthropologically speaking.
The right not to have to see mothers, fathers, daughters, sons, sisters, brothers, teachers, co-workers, lovers, friends, mourn someone important who was shot to death because someone else thought it was their RIGHT.
You have virtually nothing to fear from people carrying firearms because it is their RIGHT. Those people are all trained in their use. It’s the people who want them for the purposes of causing mayhem that are the problem.
This is no way to live. This is no way to die.
You worry too much.