I appreciate you shared your experience. Johnny is right, statistically and realistically, having a gun is (for most people) more dangerous than not having one. These days I would have made a different choice. I was living in a pretty gnarly area, though. There were frequent drivebys, on my street, my next door's house, etc...the scariest thing that happened to me was one night I was sitting outside alone in my front in the dark, smoking a cigarette, not a soul around. An SUV pulls up across the street from me, a Latino guy, dressed normally, gets out of the driver's seat and walks to the back of the vehicle. He opens the back doors and I can hear the sound of a muffled voice, a struggling sound, then he fires four shots into the back of the SUV. Then calmly shuts the back doors, hops back in the drivers seat and drives off. I hid, panicking, thinking he may see me and realize I witnessed him murder someone and come kill me, too.DGA wrote: ↑Thu Feb 22, 2018 10:00 pmHere's mine, although I feel no guilt and have nothing to confess:TharpaChodron wrote: ↑Thu Feb 22, 2018 3:44 amDisclosure: I was encouraged to get a gun for self protection when I was living in a really high crime area in South Central LA. I have some crazy stories, but I learned that if you aren't involving yourself with gangs and drugs, you really don't have anything to fear.
As it turned out, I never had reason to use a gun to defend myself, ever. I realized the nature of crime and gun violence was that most innocent people don't need one for protection.
This is my guilty confession post.
I like to shoot firearms. Specifically, I like to put holes in paper at a distance, with a bang.
I own two firearms. One of them is a handgun my grandfather brought back as a war prize after the US and the Soviets pulled Europe's head out of its own ass. The other is a sniper rifle (modified Mosin Nagant) my uncle, an Army Ranger, brought back as a war prize from Vietnam. Both of these are stored at my father's house, in a safe, a few thousand miles away from where my daughter can reach them. Neither of these weapons go to the range. When I shoot targets, I borrow one of my dad's pieces (this makes him happy and gives me an opportunity to supervise his own shooting).
With that said, in a few years' time I will ensure that my daughter knows what to do when she encounters a firearm. I think this is a survival skill in the US. I don't want her to panic when there's a gun around; similarly, I want her to understand the gravity of the situation when someone is playing stupid games with a lethal toy. I want her to know how to defuse a potentially unsafe situation. She needs to know this and the only way to learn is through practical familiarity with the routines of gun safety. If she wants to learn to shoot, then we will enroll her in a safety course that we feel comfortable with. If not, that's good.
I think this is a kind of vaccine against becoming a gun nut. Or I hope it may be.
I quit smoking cigarettes outside after that. (For a time).