I know this is going to invite a multitude of PERSONAL STORIES, about this friend, or that neighbor or yada, yada, yada, but the arguments put forth by some gun people, JUST DON'T work. And don't confuse this with being an anti-gun or anti-gun owner post. IT ISN'T. There are differences between gun OWNERS and gun NUTS.
The best "self defense" tactic, is to lead a law abiding life. The odds of you ever having to use a gun for defense drop dramatically when you're not exposing yourself to crime. Nor can you just blanketly say they deter crime. Gun ownership would only deter crime if ALL crime and ALL criminals were rational. They're not. The crack head who robs the local conveinience store, he's not rational, he's desparate and not focused on whether you may be armed. The gangsta in the drive by shooting? Well by the time you even realize you're caught in one, it's already over. The rapist? Well, they don't exactly announce they're going to rape you first, so sure if you realize what's occurring, can fight him off, get to the gun, and blow his brains out before he catches you again... I guess?
It's not that clear cut. You have to look at the circumstances of the crime, the mentality of the victim, the LIFE of the victim, the relationship between victim and perpetrator, and a whole lot of other things. Nor is it easy to, say in this situation, pull your gun and take out the bad guy. Tunnel vision, stress, panic, guilt, indecision, confusion... It takes extensive training to take on a situation like this. That's why we have POLICE. Plus, LEGALLY using a gun in self defense and merely using a gun in self defense are two VERY different things. Using a gun to defend yourself, is not so simple as merely blowing away the guy trying to jack your car.
Nor is comparing this to anything, like CARS, applicable. Cars aren't built specifically for the purpose of killing people.
And, who are these representatives in our government that you need a gun to protect your liberty from? How are they planning on getting around our systems of checks and balances? Why are they out to destroy the very source of their power (as in the government). Are they planning on using our military against us? Why would the military be okay with that? If not, why wouldn't we use our military against them? In fact, the second amendment was written in a time when we had no standing army. The "protection of a free state" was in order to "regulate" state militias, in case there was a foreign invasion. That's why when we fought the Civil War it was the Michigan 10th or the Maine 30th. If guns were supposed to be for the citizens to protect themselves from the government, than why can't we arm ourselves to the same level as the government. I guess it's predator drones and RPG's for all!!!
And please, if guns are sooo necesarry to secure our safety, why have multitudes of people never owned them, and lived long and happy lives?
I have no real problem with gun ownership, per se, but the pedestal some place guns on is batsh($ crazy. Please, can someone name any other inanimate object that we would take pictures with and mail in Christmas cards??? Perhaps this year I'll pose with Santa and my filing cabinet, or laundry basket??? This is such a perfect illustration of my beef with gun nuts. I've yet to hear any gun enthusiast make a rational argument or present non-biased data in support of gun ownership. They inevitably fall back upon illogical fear mongering, or personal insults when they're unable to answer my claims. The reason some people are so crazy about guns isn't because they're such wonderful tools of self defense or deter crimes or protect our freedom, it's because they're sexy. They make mundane, ordinary people, living mundane ordinary lives, feel excitement and power. Of course if you all realized that, you'd have to admitt that you're life is mundane and ordinary. And wouldn't that be a kick in the pants. So instead you buy into these fear mongering arguments put forth by the NRA, who by the way has a vested interest in keeping you buying into them, seeing as they make gazillions of dollars off our your illogic.
Anyone who's truly, only considering gun ownership as a rational self defense mechanism, they will have NO problem, instituting better control over gun sales.
And yes, the gun violence is a symptom of greater, more deeply rooted problems. Like mental health, poverty, and the like and some will say THAT's what we should focus on, and gun control is a band-aid. And we SHOULD attempt to fix those things. However, when the paramedics show up do they leave your wounds open and gaping until they can get you to the hospital and solve the "bigger issue", or do they bandage you up first? Poverty and mental illness are systemic, societal and can NOT ever be COMPLETELY eradicated. Therefore, if we are going to be a country that allows for gun ownership, the need for regulation will ALWAYS be there, because there will ALWAYS be crazy people.