Friday, 29 June 2012
I dont like violence, in fact, I detest it. Because of certain things that I have been through in my life, a severe emotional response (particularly from a man) can have me cowering in fear, retreating not only physically but mentally as well. Having had violence directed at me, I know that once it escalates to a certain point, little can be done to stop it.
This is why I want to talk about guns.
For most of my life I have said that guns were an unnecessary evil in society. Look at Australia, I said. Look at Europe, where even the cops do their jobs without handguns. Maybe its the tumultuous state of affairs here in America that have finally changed that.
So here I am, curious about what other people think.
We know, from history and from the nightly news, that the bad guys have guns. In fact, a female police officer (a single mother of two beautiful children) was shot and killed last week in the Jazz festival near my home. The countless unreported crimes that happen daily in big cities like Denver, and all over the country, lead our communities to wonder, who is running the show these days?
If we know the bad guys have guns, our first instinct will be to take those guns away from them, yeah? Take the guns out of the hands of criminals and all will be well? But how do you suppose we do that? Sure, the government has a plan for that. They implemented it here several years ago. They handed out season tickets to Colorado Rockies games, if you would kindly bring us your firearm..... It worked, for some. But as we see, certainly not for all.
So if the bad guys have guns, and they arent going to give them back for season tickets, or after felony charges, or for any reason we can find. What do we do?
I believe the safest thing to do, is to put guns in the hands of the good guys. Train people on how to protect their families, from intruders, from rapists, from muggers. From the bad guys. Train yourself, train your children. Just like with martial arts, you dont use it unless you have to. But its always better to have it in your toolkit, than to not.
Im no alarmist, if you have read my writing for any length of time, you know, Im also more buddhist than anything. Do no harm and all that. Unless, you intend to hurt me or the people I love. (Or hell, anyone that is innocent and needs assistance) Then I intend to put my shotgun in your face and kindly escort you off my property.
I guess thats what we do in Colorado.
What do you think about guns?