A friend of mine just sent me an interesting video on testimony about gun control, which I supply here. (According to Google Videos, it is 3 years old.)
Dr. Gratia-Hupp’s testimony is compelling and articulate. She had obviously told her story often to have delivered it so well. I must say, had I experienced what she did I would feel exactly the same way, with the possible exception of not blaming the shooter. I don’t care if the guy was nuts, I would still have a problem with him.
Having said all that, and being the adversarial creature that I am, I am motivated to offer some further thoughts on the subject.
In all my 74 years I have never once been in the vicinity of any episode in which I would have needed a gun to defend myself or my family. Not once. Maybe I’m just lucky, but based on the news I’m betting you, dear reader, haven’t either. Such things are very rare, especially for people in the middle to upper income brackets.
Also, consider this. If you are going to embrace Dr. Gratia-Hupp’s philosophy, you will need to pack heat everywhere you go, loaded and ready. If you don’t carry the weapon, you are unlikely to have it when you need it, just as she didn’t. In a home invasion, the bad guys aren’t going to give you time to go to the closet.
You will need to also consider the chances of accidental discharge, accidental access to the firearm by children, and the possibility of hitting the wrong target if you should have to use your gun. If there is a breakdown of society in general, I’m thinking you are going to have to rely on others unless you have a huge arsenal. There are (drug) people out there that have tremendous firepower. And speaking of drug gangs, virtually all that huge firepower comes from easy access to guns sold in America. The bad guys simply pay Americans to buy them.
If I had my druthers I would elect to live in a country where guns were tightly controlled and limited, but that’s not the way our society has evolved, and it isn’t going to change in my lifetime, so I am resigned to the way it is. My shotgun and pistol are handy, but unloaded. I have grandchildren.