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  •  Both sides are scared n/t (1+ / 0-)
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      There most certainly are scared people on both sides. But not all who oppose current gun policy and practices in the U.S. are scared. Some feel quite safe for themselves, their families, and loved ones, but look at the waste of life and the suffering caused across this nation by the current situation and work to see it changed. Improved. To become more mature and logical.

      On the other side, though, I don't see that. I don't see any logical reason why so many people in relatively safe urban, suburban, and small town areas, make the ill-considered and statistically inherently dangerous decision to bring firearms into their homes and lives. Certainly, for those who hunt, those whose professions place them frequently into dangerous circumstances, and those living in rural areas far from others who must deal with wildlife, owning a firearm makes sense. Were I in those situations, I probably would own one as well.

      But fear seems to dominate the outlook of many of those who seek a false sense of safety in firearms. Oh, they deny it. They'll claim it's just a responsible thing to do (despite overwhelming statistical evidence to the contrary). Why, it's no different than choosing to wear seat belts in a car, we're told.

      When challenged, very commonly they'll resort to psychological projection, and claim, as you seem to have done here, that the reason so many Americans want to change the current, inane, firearm policy in this nation is because we're the ones who are afraid.  Afraid of mean black firearms. Afraid of inanimate objects.  One needn't look far to find such rationalization.

      When such transparently ridiculous claims are brushed away, and the defenders of current gun policy are pressed further, they typically, in the end, will resort to stating that "gun ownership is a right" and there is no requirement to prove justification, no need to demonstrate need.

      And, in the shadow of a current Supreme Court decision, they're right, subject to allowable restrictions.

      That's what needs to change. At a minimum, we need to populate the Supreme Court with judges who, in terms of the Second Amendment, lean more toward former conservative Chief Justice Burger than current conservative Associate Justice Scalia.

      Returning to the point of this website, that's why we need to work to place another Democrat in the White House in January 2017.

      •  There are many millions of us in this group (11+ / 0-)
        Some feel quite safe for themselves, their families, and loved ones, but look at the waste of life and the suffering caused across this nation by the current situation and work to see it changed. Improved. To become more mature and logical.
        I grew up with guns and took the 2A for granted. Now I live in NYC unarmed, and feel safer in New York than in some of the rural places we visit. If we retire to a remote rural place we will probably own guns, and might even carry them in the car or when camping. But we certainly don't need one living in NYC.

        600,000 high school students take the NYC subway to/from school every day. We have competitive entrance exams and thousands of specialty high schools. That means many kids in one borough are taking the subway through Manhattan to school in another borough. They don't have cars and we don't pick them up in Yellow buses. They take the subway.

        Now picture rural and suburban high school kids, 9th grade and up navigating the NYC transit system. Why does it seem so strange? Because kids in rural and suburban America can carry almost anything they want in their cars/trucks. Even if all they drive is a rusty 20 year old grandpa's car, they all have privilege that is seldom acknowledged.

        "The pessimist complains about the wind; the optimist expects it to change; the realist adjusts the sails.” — William Arthur Ward

        by LilithGardener on Mon Apr 28, 2014 at 01:29:35 AM PDT

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      •  Forget the Supreme Court. We need to put gun (4+ / 0-)

        control advocates into legislatures and the Congress. The SCOTUS will follow.

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