Why I Am Pro-Gun (A Love Letter to Conservatives)
I have a really good friend. She’s an accomplished beautiful young woman who I admire very much. A few years ago, she was raped by a complete stranger. For her own reason she never chose to contact authorities, she didn’t completely withdraw from men, outwardly she didn’t make any changes at all. Inwardly, she was always terrified. She won’t go outside after sun down, she won’t answer the door if she doesn’t recognize the person on the other end, that one incident, that lasted for a very short time changed her entire daily routine for the rest of her life. She also bought a gun, that she takes everywhere and you bet your last dollar its loaded. Her gun, is one of the only things that gives her a piece of mind when she walks outside, when she is by herself at night, or right before she lays down to go to bed. I do not want to take that piece of mind from her.
Now, thats my personal feelings towards guns. But lets take a look from a political standpoint:
Banning guns will actually increase the crime rate not deteriorate it. How? Well its going to do 1 of 3 things, and more likely all three: 1) It will disarm your average law abiding citizen. If we make guns illegal, the only people that will willingly give up their guns, are people who don’t want to break the law. 2) The only people that still have guns are people who obtained them illegally or people who are refusing to give up their 2nd amendment right, and now they are, criminals. 3) A gun ban now has created a black market for guns. We have seen this same thing on pretty much everything illegal. The “War on Drugs” hasn’t done anything but make drug dealers richer because they can now charge a higher price for their drugs. The exact same thing will happen with gun bans. People will still buy them. The only difference is, they are now criminals.
I don’t personally own a gun. But I will defend the rights for others to own them. I have a friend that stopped by to see me while I was traveling, and he is a gun owner. Keeps it visible everywhere he goes. When me and him were sitting down and talking I noticed a female officer walking by every few seconds (close enough to hear our conversation), and the minute he left she rushes over to me and says “Are you ok? Was he bothering you? What’s his name?” It caught me off guard, and I’m pretty sure my facial expression was something like, “Huh?” I politely told her that he was a registered gun owner and that it was not necessary nor legal for her to need his name just because he had a gun in a place where guns were completely permitted. If she really thought I was in danger, would she not have intervened while he was there, instead of waiting mere seconds after he left?
I think while my opinion might be unpopular amongst a lot of liberals, it’s one that I hold true to and will continue to do so. This doesn’t mean that I’m this fanatic right winger who hates gays and thinks women should be in the kitchen cooking “Cause that traditional Amurica” It just means I’m not a partyist. I’m a free thinker. I don’t simply agree with something just because the party I support advocates for it, or its popular opinion amongst members. I like to do a logical assessment before coming to a conclusion. I encourage everyone to do the same.
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