Yeah, that's the thing. I'm kinda harsh on people who pack guns around. My dad used to carry a little .22 in his pocket all the time. Always bugged me.<quoted text>
Thanks, man. I just got a little confused on your stance is all (not too hard for me sometimes). It seems we view it similarly. I am a woman (not that it matters), small, and I keep a gun in the glovebox, and I will carry it with me when I'm hiking and such. Mostly, I just have a huge fear of very bad people, I'm not afraid to admit it. Politically, I feel things should be stricter on gun possession. But regardless how you got it (registered or illegal), I think once a person owns a gun, they must then take on the responsibility of that weapon. I own several, and I understand well that if one were to ever take another's life, then that's on me. But I don't feel every gun owner sees it this way, and those are the people who should NOT have a gun. Just my quick (and terribly rough, ill-prepared) thoughts on the matter :)
My beef is with these Tea Party types who just love to tote weapons everywhere and make claims that it reduces crime. But it doesn't reduce crime. And there are plenty of examples of people being shot accidentally, especially kids. So I am dubious of anyone who claims that carrying a gun or keeping lots of guns makes things safer.
But I do understand why some people keep a gun, as you point out. I've had loved ones attacked and I'm sure if they had a gun in their hands they might have felt a bit safer. Maybe. Then again, what if that gun is taken away by an attacker?
In most cases a mugger isn't going to check to see if you have a gun before mugging you. They are just going for the opportunity to snatch a purse or a wallet. I was attacked by two guys who were just after whatever money I was carrying. They didn't get it, and I got away from them. But some of my friends were punched or kicked and their wallets stolen.
I can't imagine the fallout if they had been packing a gun. You can't take back a bullet.