I own enough guns to sink an island, mostly the military/police variety. I have a personal belief that the right to self defense is absolute and supercedes even a constitutional right if there wasn't a second amendment. I don't care if the FBI/ATF is "snooping on me;" I had a security clearance and I'm used to scrutiny.
If you make the choice to aquire a firearm, you have an absolute obligation to learn the effective/safe methods of handling/ employing them. I have a background as a small and heavy weapons specialist and armorer (gun mechanic) in the Army. Even though I have been through countless safety classes, I am always open to review. I will not go to the range without firearms safety review. It's my conviction that training is even more important to employing the weapon than ammunition.
There are almost no gun accidents; what happened in Oregon City was negligence. Unless there is a factory defect and a weapon goes off when it isn't intended to, its the fault of the weapon owner. My heart goes out to everyone involved in any shooting like this but responsibility is price of gun ownership. EVERY time you pull a trigger, you are responsible for the ultimate destination of the bullet.
With that in mind it isn't why I own them. I feel very safe in life, so self defense isn't the reason. I have been to dangerous places, more so than the US in my opinion. In some of these places, you are in more jeopardy when you posses a firearm because it identifies you as a combatant and therefore a legitimate target- so much for empowerment.
I own firearms because it is a way to keep me connected with a part of my past that I like to stay in touch with. I despise hunting unless its for survival and see hunting used as an excuse to bypass the big issues around defense and safety. Personally, its a hot rod like hobby.
I think both of your current guests are correct and clearly wrong. Too bad we are all too full of our own stories and political trenches to have a rational discussion around firearms. Every term is a code word and an inflamatory. Why can't we discuss this without blame. Until that changes we will remain in deadlock and we will get more laws, see more violence, see more negligent discharges, and in the end we all will be no safer than we are now whether the US makes it illegal to own anything you can't bring on a commercial airline...or if every American must own a rocket launcher at a minimum.
Why not find some common ground to defend.
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