was never a conspiracy theorist until 9/11/2001. And to this day, find it inconceivable that our supposed excellent intelligence system missed that event! and either that’s true, in which case, our country is far from being as safe as we all hope we are. OR they allowed it to happen so “they” could begin to clamp down on civil liberties.
and with what has been happening since, the latter is looking more and more like the reality.
Having been a stupid, know it all, liberal anti-war protestor in the 60’s, I have room in my thinking to give the kids protesting today some slack. Like us, they find themselves in a situation that they have no control of, and which no one seems to give a damn.
What I don’t understand, is the total support of media with unfactual information. Am not going to say Fake News, but will say highly edited presentation of stories. Like, Columbine will be brought up as an example of an AR being used in a school shooting – but not the fact that it happened during a ban on the guns! Nor will instances of an armed person stopping a shooting from becoming a massacre. Or the lack of reporting on a shooting involving a basic 10-22 rifle, used by a young man to kill his mother and friend because he wanted to see what it was like to kill someone! The NRA is criticized, even condemned, but no one deems it necessary to point out that the NRA is the one that lobbied FOR the current background check system. but that the military and local municipalities are the ones failing to report people into it!
and so I’m left with the feeling, that once again, things are being manipulated to give the government more power over us, and the people less civil rights. In this case, to truly try to disarm the populace.
I certainly do not NEED to own a gun. I’m not using it in my work. I’m not using it as part of my livelihood. I don’t live in a crime ridden area. Its not how I put food on the table.
But I lock my doors, have a smoke detector, an alarm system, a fire extinguisher, insurance, carry a spare tire. Not because I intend to use them, but JUST IN CASE I ever need them. My neighborhood would be considered upper middle class with a few homes being only part time residents. We’re private. and we’ve had break ins. More than a couple. We have coyotes, bobcats, and rabies in our wild animal population. We’ve had mountain lions move through regularly on their way to water, and we’ve had bears foraging in the back yard. We have homeless people camping in the forest regularly. And the police, unless we are very lucky, are at least 20 minutes away and we no longer have an animal control officer.
So, while I don’t need a gun, I carry one, JUST IN CASE. And I don’t think its appropriate for someone who lives in the urban environment, who has never been robbed, attacked, or otherwise threatened (over my almost 70 years have been more than once), tell me what I need to be safe. And until they can answer the question as to how my giving up my right to security and safety is going to keep someone else from breaking the law, in such a way as to demonstrate its necessity, I’m going to argue against this direction of society.