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I've never owned a gun, never fired a gun, and don't intend to ever fire a gun. I don't know the difference between a shot gun and a hand gun, and I'm proud of my stunning ignorance of different types of weapons.
Sure, I know the world is a dangerous place, but I refuse to go through life being afraid of everything.
When I was a kid, I had an uncle who knew all about guns. He was afraid of burglars and kept a gun in his nightstand drawer. One night, he heard a prowler in the house and shot. Except it wasn't a prowler, it was his wife, in the kitchen getting a glass of water. Fortunately, the bullet only grazed her leg and she wasn't injured badly.
Nothing like that ever happened at my house, because my parents didn't live in fear of being burglarized, and they didn't own a gun.
Today, I live in a nice, relatively safe neighborhood with an active neighborhood association of good people who look after each other.
One of my neighbors knows all about guns. She's another one of these paranoid people who sees robbers around every corner, and was happy to host a crime watch meeting at her house. I wasn't at that particular meeting, but I've heard the story from several people who were there. At the meeting, she was proudly showing off her latest gun when it accidentally went off! Luckily, it fired into the ceiling and no one was hurt.
Nothing like that will ever happen at my house, because I don't live in fear of crime, and I don't own a gun.
Call me crazy, but I don't think us "stunningly ignorant about guns" folks are the problem.
UPDATE: Just wanted to add that I'm not scared of coyotes, either. Our governor admitted to jogging with a gun in case he sees a coyote and "needs" to shoot one. What an idiot. I've seen coyotes on the edges of my urban neighborhood, but they're not a threat to people. They're more afraid of us than we are of them.
Originally posted to CoolOnion on Sun Jan 20, 2013 at 09:48 AM PST.