Recently there has been talk about the gun laws in the state and if they are fair to the public in general. However, it seems that the common person is ignored in this debate. The only people who voice their opinions on this topic are, in fact, gun owners. Of course, you know where they stand.
What about the rest of the population? How do they feel? Those questions are hardly ever asked or answered. Shouldn’t their opinion matter since they are also involved in the issue?
This especially is true when their feeling of safety is compromised. There have been situations where a person is carrying their gun in public and it is visible. They have a permit for the gun but how would you feel if you saw a person carrying their gun so openly?
This could easily influence a violent situation. At the very least, you might be uncomfortable. There have been cases where the police are called in. The people involved have had permits but how is that ever known just by looking at somebody?
This also brings up another point on gun safety. Who is actually getting the permits? People who want to own a gun always point to the fact that they should not be denied the right. However, this allows almost everybody to get their hands on one.
Should there be tougher laws on who can possess a gun and who shouldn’t be given the privilege? What do gun owners feel when they see that a school has been shot up? Are they sympathetic or are they just happy that they can carry their firearms?
This leads to another situation. Sometimes gun owners have kids who end up shooting themselves to death. How does a gun owner feel in this situation? There is another case that happens inside the home. That is when somebody shoots one of their family members. This could be prevented in certain situations. Say that there is a guy who has had lots of domestic abuse complaints against him. He has never been convicted but it is known that he has a temper. Giving him a gun might not be the smartest move but, under the current gun laws, can it be stopped?
People often point to the fact that they need a gun to feel safe. However, are they really accomplishing it by possessing a gun? Just a question and not answering one way or the other. It does need to be looked at though.
Guns do encourage violence. Say a guy breaks into a house and has a gun on him. If he sees that somebody is reaching for a gun, he is more likely going to shoot. Security guards and bouncers are taught to diffuse fights or anger between two people. It works as they put somebody in a chokehold. They don’t do what the two participants do and beat the combatants brains in. Having a gun amps up the heated situation.
Again, this is not to say that one should not have a gun if they wish. However, they have to look honestly at their safety as well as the safety of others. There has to be a compromise. If you want to carry, that is fine. However, you have to think about who else might be carrying and their mindset.
Another question needs to be answered as well. Do people who carry have an insecurity? In other words, do they only feel safe with a gun because they are fearful? There are a lot of people who go through life with no need for a gun. Why do only certain people need them?
It’s interesting because many people think that if they own a gun they are somehow tough or cool. It’s not easy to comprehend but that is a prevailing notion.
Because of that fact, gun owners should defend themselves on an issue. That issue being that there are so many people who want to own guns yet so few who want to enlist in the United States military. Doesn’t that seem a bit odd?
Maybe in order to get a permit for a gun, one should have to join the war effort. Afterall, these are many of the people who support the war in the first place. Why aren’t they a part of it?
Instead of putting signs on their cars saying that they support the troops they could actually be troops. Also, after their duty is done they could become gun owners. You could be assured that only the quality citizens in the country would be allowed this right. There would also be a lot shorter line to get a permit if this were the case.