I understand the current requirements by law of gun storage and I completely disagree with them.
I disagree because those examples you provided are, as you said, extreme and the few seconds to unlock your safe won’t change your mind if you’re hell bent on killing yourself or someone.
I know because when I was much younger I battled a case of depression and took the barrel out of my mouth. Not having access to the weapon would not have discouraged me; however, what did discourage me was the responsibility instilled in me by my parents. I had a responsibility to not be so selfish as to take my life and devastate my family.
I’m honestly convinced had I not had easy access to a gun I would not have had the time to dwell on stupid state of mind I was in; example, though the set up takes longer it is easier to postpone pulling the trigger. At least it was in my experience, don’t worry, I’m extremely stable and way over that period in my life ;^)
I’m trying to be a red neck? This is new information to me. I’m the son of a baker and have never been mistaken for a red neck.
I truly believe that individual responsibility is one aspect of a civilized society. If we constantly limit freedoms that are not direct threats to the stability of the civil society or your neighbor, then we will continue to regress in our “civilized nature.”
I’ve never read anything to incline the Nazi Party as “right wingers” as you so choose to put. Though they had much in common with the progressives in the USA of that time, such as expanded government influence and eugenics.
I do believe that you can’t grow without friction and opposing views are necessary. But I will vehemently disagree with you that restricting freedoms, such as gun ownership, will benefit our civil society.
Keep in my position, imposing law after law removes individual responsibility and in turn causes perpetual complacency of people. When new or old “items” or “behaviors” are introduced these people, not all but enough, do not have the ability to react in a responsible manner.
I would much rather deal with a responsible “red neck” than an irresponsible public educated “progressive.”
Perhaps the Redneck comment was a cheap shot. If so I apologize. It really has nothing to do with an individual’s father’s occupation but is more about his understanding of the world and contentment with ignorance.
I’ve never read anything to incline the Nazi Party as “right wingers” as you so choose to put.
The political spectrum of the 20th century ranged from Fascist on the far right to communist on the far left. That is not my opinion but fact. The Nazis for example were National Socialists who seriously believed in the master race and world domination. Perhaps you can see in that traces of the extremes of false patriotism of the “my country right or wrong” kind of right wing political extremism in the USA. Fascism is every bit as unhealthy as communist socialism, perhaps more so because it does not embody the egalitarian spirit of sharing the wealth and public ownership of the means of production which is the foundation of socialism and hence communism.
Americans in particular tend to misunderstand the relation between communism and the obscene dictatorships that were built on it in certain parts of the world. Communism is merely a deeply flawed economic system. The dictators found it easier to build their oppressive regimes on the foundation of communism because it inherently gave enormous power over all aspects of the economy and polity of a nation to the political leadership. For the same reason the Nazis also embraced a warped form of socialism.
You appear to underestimate you opponents. There is nothing like a liberal university education for opening up the mind to all kinds of new ideas and possibilities. Give me an educated mind to argue with every time. If you have not had your personal biases and prejudices picked apart and analyzed by a critical academic mind you probably will not appreciate how much your gut-felt common sense coming from your upbringing and environment can lead you astray.
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