Wade, amen! I cannot add anything to what you said. When I was in high school, it was not unusual to have a truck in the parking lot with rifles and shotguns in a gun rack in it. Then we go hunting after school. How many school shootings back then? None that I ever heard of. Same thing for parking lots in Walmart Etc. About a year-and-a-half ago, there was a school acquaintances raging against gun owners how they were all responsible for the latest mass shooting. And he wrote that he didnt want to hear anybody say “but guns help defend against bad guys.” Well, 2 days before, about a mile and a half for my house, a man murdered his wife at the dental office she worked at, and was coming in to presumably kill everybody else in there. He was stopped by being shot by an armed patient. And that was only a month or two after that armed citizen up in Louisville Shot the guy that was starting to shoot up a Krogers. Let’s not forget the Twin Peaks restaurant out in Oklahoma City about a year ago. People try to politicize facts, but the facts are that we hear about bad gun events, but the national news does not broadcast when armed citizens defended themselves against predators. I was just talking to a retired fireman the other day who had a personal experience as such. The crackheads that harassed them at a fire scene down in crackville, they made threats against the firehouse. People in the firehouse armed themselves. When the crackheads showed up, they were looking at people who were armed, not soft targets. The crackheads never came back.
I truly believe that in this regard our society was better back when I was growing up then it is now. I’m not sure when school shooting started, I think the first ones were in the mid or late 80s, but I think that there is a data-driven correlation between that, and certain child-rearing theories of some of the most recent generations, as well as the full court press to demonize firearms. Like Mark Twain said, “there are lies, there are damned lies, and their statistics.” Several years ago, Phoenix Arizona was the kidnapping capital of the United States. But you could walk around freely and not in fear throughout almost all of the Phoenix Valley, except in one group of neighborhoods. That’s where all of the violence and kidnappings occurred. Stay away from those, you’re safe.
Two things that I tell people, that I am absolutely completely sincere about, is that
- The most dangerous part about flying is driving to the airport
- I never worry about getting shot by a criminal, but every time I get in the car I know that my chance of getting killed or maimed is magnified.
And the Greentooth twit that crossed the center line and almost hit me head-on while I was driving into work today, his head was down and not looking out the window. He wasn’t waving a gun around. He was driving, and I think we’re all pretty sure what else he was doing.