What I don't understand is how my position on one issue (firearms) makes me into a single issue nut. It might be one of the few issues I diary about here on DKOS, but it's not the only thing I comment on or respond to.
On a side note, I'd also like to explore why people think you have to live in fear to carry a firearm. I don't subscribe to this theory (probably because I carry and DON'T live in fear.)
Explanations after the fold.
Let me clarify a few things about myself:
I'm for legalization of marijuana (medical and otherwise: treat it like booze!)
I'm for marriage equality one way or the other (no civil marriages: civil unions only!)
I'm for a universal health care system (single payer/public option!)
I'm for progressive taxes (tax and spend is better than spend and spend!)
I'm for EFCA (big business can suck it!)
I'm for a woman's right to chose (it's her body, it's her choice!)
I'm for liberal concealed carry laws (like Vermont!)
I voted for Obama even though I didn't agree with some of his gun control speak. In fact, if I remember correctly, I voted straight Democrat even though I had Stupak (who, while better than the Republican, still is anti-choice) and Levin (who has a gun rights stance I don't enjoy.)
The Obama gun control thing I'm talking about is the section recently removed from the whitehouse.gov website stating that he would like to reinstate (and make more strict) the assault weapons ban from the 90s. This was something that was known ahead of the election.
Now, I'm overreacting to a couple comments from this diary that make me out to be a liar, an NRA shill, a right wing nut, a Freeper, or a gun nut.
To be frank, I'll admit the gun nut label.
Now, my own personal preference would be a concealed carry law like Vermont!
I don't see this kind of law sweeping the nation anytime soon, but I can dream. Barring this, I wouldn't mind seeing gun control act more along the line of cars. And let me explain:
You don't need a license to own a car.
You don't need to be a certain age to own a car.
You don't need to register or insure a car unless it's being used on public property.
You don't need a driver's license unless the car's being used on public property.
There are no waiting periods for a car.
There's no legal limit to how many cars you can own.
You want to carry on public property? Take a state certified course and register the handgun that you carry. This license should be recognized across the country, just like a driver's license. You want to carry in certain places like airplanes, schools, or other prohibited areas? Well, look, there's an advanced class for that.
A note on registration: I would be for this only if it didn't lead to outlawing and confiscation (like what happened in California with the SKS.)
On to my side note: Running scared!
The argument is this:
People go through their whole lives without carrying/touching a firearm. Because I want to be able to defend me and mine, I must be living in fear!
I had the opportunity to take the concealed carry course. I passed the class and was able to get my permit. I carry everywhere I legally can for the same reason that I get my regular shots (innoculation), I wear my helmet (and leathers) on my motorcycle, a seatbelt in my car, and a condom when needed!
Shit happens. Life is not nice, life is not fair. I've gone down on my motorcycle and was very happy that I was wearing my leathers. I've not been in a car accident where wearing a seatbelt would have protected me (5mph fender benders, etc) but does that mean I won't wear one? No. I could very easily have knocked up my ex (and that would have been terrifying!) and didn't because I took precautions.
I carry for the same reason I do all of those things: JUST. IN. CASE.