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  •  Only the most abject coward (15+ / 0-)

    Only the most abject coward feels the need to be armed all the time. Only the most irresponsible kind of person keeps a firearm, loaded or otherwise, freely accessible in the home. I can see the victim of a violent break in needing something close by just to be able to sleep. I can see the victim of a violent stalker arming him/herself. But for most other Americans, the need to be armed is the result of pure, abject cowardice. I admit, life can be scary and having owned and used firearms, (in the service), I can tell you that a gun can give you a visceral feeling of power and control like no other object. But I also decided long ago that it's counterproductive to the enjoyment of life if you go through it constantly afraid of losing it. I can see getting a gun in the future....if there is a zombie outbreak.

    "Given the choice between a Republican and someone who acts like a Republican, people will vote for a real Republican every time." Harry Truman

    by MargaretPOA on Sun Dec 16, 2012 at 04:59:33 AM PST

    •  I grew up with guns in the house... (21+ / 0-)

      And I hunted and target shot many times growing up. But today, I don't own a gun. There are no guns allowed in my house. And the main reason why is simple.

      I don't want my kids playing with one and ending up getting shot and killed. Or taking their anger out on another by taking my gun. It's just not worth it!

      If I am threatened, I call the police if I can't deal with it.
      If there is a problem in the neighborhood I call the police if it's beyond my ability.

      We live in a civilized society, not the Wild West.

      Firing a gun is a legal nightmare. You have a higher chance of getting yourself in trouble with a gun in your possession than without. That's my opinion.

      "I think it's the duty of the comedian to find out where the line is drawn and cross it deliberately." -- George Carlin, Satirical Comic,(1937-2008)

      by Wynter on Sun Dec 16, 2012 at 05:19:04 AM PST

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    •  Is seeing yourself as powerless (5+ / 0-)

      the same as cowardice?  Is being fearful, the feeling of being vulnerable, the same as cowardice?  I don't know.  What I do know is that there is a lot of abject fear in this country, and a lot of it is fear of other people owning guns while you're unarmed.

      Everyone I know who keeps a loaded gun in their bedside table does so out of fear that their house will be broken into in the dead of night, and without that gun the household would be at the mercy of the invaders.  Their house has never been broken into; they or their family members have never been threatened by anyone,  least of all by late-night home invaders.  But their fear persists.  It's illogical and irrational, but there it is.

      "In this world of sin and sorrow there is always something to be thankful for; as for me, I rejoice that I am not a Republican." - H. L. Mencken

      by SueDe on Sun Dec 16, 2012 at 05:34:47 AM PST

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      •  Okay, please reread my comment (2+ / 0-)
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        If you take a breath and read past the first line you will see that no, I don't think of feeling powerless as cowardice. I also very clearly said that "only an abject coward feels the need to be armed all the time", (though I've only bolded it here). I also go on to say that I can understand why victims of violent crime would feel the need to be armed. My point remains though that if one goes through their life entirely, obsessively afraid of losing it, then what enjoyment can one get out of being alive at all? I bid you peace.

        "Given the choice between a Republican and someone who acts like a Republican, people will vote for a real Republican every time." Harry Truman

        by MargaretPOA on Sun Dec 16, 2012 at 05:57:21 AM PST

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      •  Our house HAS been broken into (6+ / 0-)

        And in the middle of the night.

        They came in through an unlocked window.

        They took money from our wallets, and left. We never saw them, thank god. Never woke up.

        They didn't take anything else. No computers, no tvs, no phones, didn't even take credit cards. All were accessible, especially phones.

        Cops were there within 5 min of our calling them, and they caught the person trying to break into another house in the neighborhood.

        We don't live in the country. There's a good bit of traffic in our area. Cops drive by on a pretty regular basis too.

        We did change things a little after the break in. We got a/c, so we didn't have to leave windows open. And I took the cushions off the backyard furniture so you couldn't climb on it, and make sure the downstairs windows are locked.

        But I didn't get a gun. Nor did I want to.

      •  fear mongering is a also a big business in (3+ / 0-)
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        this country

        •  Wish I could rec this comment 100 times. (0+ / 0-)

          Everything from commercial advertising to political bloviating seems to be specifically designed to keep us quaking in our boots about one thing or another.  It's annoying.  I get no joy whatsoever - or even excitement - from being afraid.

          "In this world of sin and sorrow there is always something to be thankful for; as for me, I rejoice that I am not a Republican." - H. L. Mencken

          by SueDe on Sun Dec 16, 2012 at 03:19:13 PM PST

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    •  I also grew up with guns in the house ... (6+ / 0-)

      along with a rather unstable father who owned most of them (He gave me a .22 when I reached my late teens - which I got rid of when I moved east.) When Dad got too unable to run his own affairs (and I had power of attorney) I took all the guns and ammo and disposed of them. I've never felt the need for a gun, although I can envision that if I was a rancher living on the Mexican Border  these days I would probably keep a few.  It would be a sad commentary on our country if everybody had to be armed.  The first thing the town marshall of some frontier western town would do would be to disarm any cowboys coming into the town. Civilization came to the west because lawmen did this as one too many cowboys would get liquored up and shoot up the town if it was not done.  

      "Well regulated" is the key!

    •  Psychotics are different. (0+ / 0-)

      Waking nightmares.

      Not your ordinary risk/reward mind set.

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