I’ve long been on the fence in the gun issue, leaning slightly to the left. But I received a huge push towards common sense while watching the news yesterday.
Guns are almost demonized in left-leaning culture today. Most everyone I know would feel uncomfortable around them, if not downright afraid, and I wouldn’t be surprised if a good deal of my friends wouldn’t even want to hang around someone who carries or advocates guns. But the sad truth of life is that sometimes shit like this happens. And when we’ve allowed ourselves to become an unarmed society, and we’re confronted with an individual with a gun and a death wish, we have no option but to run and get shot, or look for a place to hide. Essentially choose the place we want to die.
If a single person in one of those classrooms had a gun, 10 or 20 lives might have been saved.
Just thinking about buying a gun, I couldn’t shake their negative reputation, or the negative stereotypes we sometimes assign to people who own guns. Gun nuts. “But wait, I’m not one of those people,” I thought. What? Those people? Has it really gotten that bad in today’s culture? Do we in the urban areas look down upon rural gun-owners because we’re “above that, we’re civilized?”
And so we feel that there should be restrictions on guns. Unfortunately, the only people who would obey these restrictions are law abiding citizens. Then the only ones left with guns are those who have the intent to harm. And they have all the power. And then every couple of years someone loses their mind and walks into an office, or a university, or an apartment, and begins to unload on us. Unarmed, innocent Americans. And all we can do is choose our place to die, and hope our number isn’t really up.
I’ll be buying a gun as soon as possible. I’d rather go down in a fight.