It takes all kinds to make a world; and I am pretty tolerant of people until they get in my space. I really don’t have a problem with gun ownership and I can even forgive stupid people; but when stupid people are packing firearms in my vicinity I don’t like it.
I have lived for seventy plus years and I have never felt threatened in a restaurant or a grocery store or Wal-Mart or Home Depot.
If a person is so insecure they feel they need a firearm just to leave their house, perhaps they should just fortify their home and bunker down.
It seems to me the real reason for people carrying firearms openly in public places is attention seeking. Just like the militia, grown men and women pretending to be paramilitary; people carrying guns in public are living in a fantasy world of Road Warrior, where they are waiting for the world to go to shit so they save the day with their gun – automatic badass heroes – and it is all in their head.
Most of these people, if not all, are not screwed down tight. They don’t actually see conspiracy theories around ever corner – they invent them. It is a mind game. They are badass wannabees and they think openly carrying a weapon impresses people. And they are right: but the impression they are making is that of nut case with a gun; somebody best not to be around; an accident looking for a place to happen.
I live in a community of about six thousand people – a small college town. It is a quiet, safe and intellectually stimulating place to live. About four months ago my wife and I went into the local supermarket. Down one of the isles we happened on a mother and her son: he appeared to be thirteen or fourteen years old. He was in dress pants, a dress shirt and tie, shined shoes and carrying a holstered Glock on is belt. What kind of mother takes her armed teenager into a grocery store? 0bviously she was someone not playing with a complete deck of cards. Considering the unusual way he was dressed, with his mother, and carrying sent up red warning flags and we left our half filled cart and departed the store.
I have owned guns all my life. I am probably more proficient than the average gun owner. I was a member of the Quonset Point Navy pistol team and fired scores high enough to compete in All Navy competition. I had an allotment of one thousand rounds of 45 cal. per month for practice. I was awarded Navy Expert Rifle and Expert Pistol ribbons. So I am not anti-gun: I am anti-gun nut.
We have let the idiots take over the asylum and they are armed and packing and dangerous. They are a greater dangerous to public safety that the people they claim they need protection from.
If you want to go to a grocery store, a restaurant or a movie, leave your fucking guns at home; because you armed presence will definitely run my day and every other person in the area with common sense. Stay out of my space with your fucking fire arms. I have a right to live threat free and you are a public threat.