Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: East Central Illinois
Interesting thread, and well-travelled, too. DH and I are gun owners, our guns are all registered, we've hunted some and Always had the appropriate/updated licenses. Most of our bullets end up killing possoms, and the last kill was 3 adult raccoons in my grain room who were terrorizing our barn cat matron, "Favorite," a 10 year old grey tabby.
Spyder, you are wise to fear just anybody handling a gun. Here, in Illinois, the LAST bastion of "you can't carry a concealed weapon" in the U.S., we have to jump through all of the hoops to buy a gun. Therefore, any criminal--and DH has been hired to defend many of them in the course of his practice--that uses a gun during a crime has somehow gotten theirs without jumping through those hoops. I'm not particularly afraid of them coming to my door bc I live too far away from the closest city. If that were to happen my first line of defense is my 2 dogs, friendly but definitely are watchdogs when we're away and at night. A criminal's bullet would put them down, so I figure my gun protects me AND my dogs.
No one has bothered to mention WHY our founding fathers gave us the 2nd amendment in the first place. It was so the Americans could protect themselves against their own government. When King George allowed British soldiers to "quarter" themselves in Colonial homes, they took what they wanted from the homeowners. Our Founding Fathers found this repugnant. When the Constituion was created from a thorough study of Ancient Greek, Ancient Roman and English Law, they (being very well educated in the history AND the law) allowed the future Americans the ability to change their country, but gave us the ability to protect ourselves against tyranny which they experienced as Colonists. This was when King George was trying to pay for the French and Indian War by overtaxing the Colonists. He figured that the Colonists were the biggest beneficiaries, so they should pay the most for it.
I live in a little town of 200, and we have many gun owners there. You are unlikely to see any of them walking around with their gun. We know that you only point a gun bc you will immediately use it. It is NOT a warning like a whip can be to a horse. However, if there is an incident at my house, I can guarantee my gun-owning neighbors will show up with their guns to help me.