I see fear when I experience the anti-gun behavior depicted in the Doonesbury cartoons or useless anti-gun legislation. I believe ignorance is usually behind that fear. While I empathize with the ignorant individual who affronts me unintentionally, I instinctively react with anger when ignorant laws are passed that control my freedoms, by individuals who should know better. Two popular ignorant acts are the Assault Weapons Ban of 1994, which banned firearms based on appearance, and renaming 39th Ave to Caesar Chavez, despite 80% of residents on 39th Avenue being opposed to it. Imagine if people, the real weapon behind any tool, were banned based on appearance. Imagine the laws passed by government if we only needed a 20% majority vote.
I personally don't open carry because my conscious prohibits me from using fear to fight fear. I prefer to engage elected representatives in dialog hoping to help them understand the ignorance behind most anti-gun laws, which at times is futile, because many elected representatives are close-minded and guided by feelings rather than science.
So while I don't open carry, I understand the anger in the open carry advocates as they try to cope with the irrational laws forced onto us by legislatures who themselves are guided by fear. It's reduced to feelings vs. feelings.
Really folks, why aren't there violent shootings at gun shows? Or gun stores? Or on the range in gun schools, or at gun competitions? I've been to many of these and I wish the politeness, the kindness, the personal responsibility, the helpfulness, the value of life, and the overwhelming good nature that I experience at these events would carry over into the rest of my world.
Those with concealed handgun licenses are not criminals. The FBI has already verified that as a process in obtaining the license. Those of us who accept personal responsibility, a very powerful concept, don't want to be treated like criminals and have our freedoms taken from us by ignorant acts.
I too believe criminals should not have guns. Criminals are routinely denied access to firearms using only a small fraction of the anti-gun laws. I also believe that trained, armed, law abiding citizens can handle those criminals that slip through the cracks because no system is perfect no matter how many ignorant laws are written. Ignorant laws only frustrate the law abiding because criminals don't obey laws.
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