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You may have answered this in the past (pardon me, I'm half asleep), but I would like to know your stance a little further, if you would indulge me. You seem to feel people shouldn't pack guns. Do you think the same thing about a woman? Do you feel sprays, stuns, and whistles are sufficient for a female, or do you feel a female should be trained to defend herself (and often her children as well) empty handed?
First of all I'm not opposed to anyone's right to bear arms. I enjoy shooting rifles and things like that myself, though I haven't really done it in years. But I don't think the average citizen should have the right to own very powerful weapons such as machine guns and the like. I'm not interested in debating that matter either, it is way down my list of debate topics.
I don't even overtly oppose Conceal and Carry laws or Open Carry or any of that junk. I think it's dumb, and I think less of people who do it (being honest here). But I don't necessarily use my votes to take it away from them. I don't really care.
But I am bugged by people who make arguments in support of carrying a gun around in public. I think their arguments tend to be based on wild speculation about how they would act in a situation with a criminal. Sure, sometimes a person legally carrying a gun can seem to avert a possible crime. But it seems rare to me. And it seems far more likely that if you were jumped by a mugger, for example, you would not have the time or presence of mind to get out your gun and do anything with it.
And honestly I think shooting someone is a bad idea. I don't have any sympathy for muggers or anything but in the dozen or so cases I know of personally any injuries sustained were extremely minor and in most cases the attacker got nothing. Adding a gun to the mix would only have made these situations worse.
Regarding women, I think both women and men should be prepared to defend themselves to the best of their ability at all times. Sure, no problem. Mace and pepper spray is savage stuff but it wears off. You can pull that trigger and nobody dies.
Pull the trigger on a gun and there's no going back.