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View Diary: A Sincere and Open Letter to Gun Owners (32 comments)

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  •  Ownership does not equal carrying in public (6+ / 0-)

    The guns I have secured in my house pose no danger to anyone.  I do not carry in public, heck, by Connecticut law, I cannot even take a pistol outside if I want to clean it if I do not have a carry permit.  That includes taking a pistol to a range - I need a permit to do that too, even if it is disassembled, unloaded and locked in a box in my trunk.

    However, if there's an intruder in my house, the first thing I would reach for is the phone.  Then a bat, then a holstered handgun.  My first thought would be the protection of my dogs, as they'd be in the greatest danger.

    The right to protect the physical safety of one's family is not only a right, but a responsibility.  Some choose to do it differently than others.  Someone who is in my house seeking to do harm to me or my family, has forfeited due process and guarantees to their own safety.  I will moderate my response as I choose to see fit.  I'm not going to shoot at someone boosting my lawnmower, but I view entry into another person's house as a completely different thing.

    As far as the Constitution goes, there is of course a recourse when you believe it goes too far - its spelled out in the first amendment.

    There may be an abundance of fear, but it is not unilateral.

    I see a very beautiful planet that seems very inviting and peaceful. Unfortunately, it is not.…We're better than this. We must do better. Cmdr Scott Kelley

    by wretchedhive on Fri Feb 01, 2013 at 02:03:44 PM PST

    •  Valid Point (0+ / 0-)

      I've amended the diary to reflect that I'm not including the majority of gun owners.

      Discourse is better served if we can stick to the rules of logic.

      by backell on Fri Feb 01, 2013 at 02:10:14 PM PST

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