I’ll be honest—guns scare me. Which they should, I guess, because they’re guns. Yet somehow, I ended up in Texas… where we have signs on restaurants that say things like “No firearms”. (Where I come from, that’s just understood as normal etiquette. No guns at the dinner table.)
But as much as I fear them, I’m still torn on the “gun debate” and can’t really come down on one side or the other. I see lots of good arguments for more control and more access.
What I’d like to see is some actual data. Are people with guns more or less safe than people without guns? Does fewer guns in the hands of responsible citizens mean outlaws run amok with firearms? Is a 3 day wait reasonable for a person legitimately fearing for their life? Should I really have to justify fearing for my life to defend myself? Are people in the US honestly concerned that if we are not armed, the government will take over our lives? Have concealed carriers ever really stopped someone on a shooting rampage? How many people are injured by guns vs how many people are protected? Why, in the US, do I need more ID to buy cold medicine and the morning after pill than I do to buy a weapon?
I just don’t know. I admit to kind of shrugging off the conversation since I probably drink too much to justify having something like a gun in my house. And, like I said, they scare me. But I think it’s a good conversation. I’d really like to have “a stance” and be able to back it up one day.
What are your thoughts on guns? Is there a stance that a good skeptic should take on them? Do you have guns? Like them? Love them? Hate them? Do citizens need more guns? Are the gun laws in your country fair?
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