Personally, any issues I have with gun use are not about feeing uneasy. My question is regarding the statistically demonstrated lack of effectiveness (other than anecdotal stories) of escalating a violent situation with knives and firearms. It has published time and time again, studies of robberies of taxi driver and convenience stores and home invasions, that defending oneself with a firearm increases one's chance of death.
I'm not questioning the law here, nor the constitution, only what in other subjects of debates on this website, we require "evidence" for, not anecdote.
If you hunt around, you'll find there have been a few studies, through the years, looking at taxi drivers, convenience store owners and household rate of death associated to weapons being used to self defend or not... Of course one can always find contradictory evidence, even religious people present their own stats... But I think the point is, if you pay attention to whom does the studies, you get a pretty good idea of the study's bias.
I'm not against carrying arms and ownership, per se. But to say it's makes one feel safer, if in fact it increases the lethality of many situations, ... well... I just prefer honest discourse. What a couple of you are saying is that though guns may not actually 'really' make you safer, defending yourself to the death gives you a better feeling about yourself, which is really a very different human thought process. Personally, my death is only worth it if it's accompanied by the guilty party's death. The risk therefore lies in dying uselessly. Honour and pride do not exist once you're dead, and if the guilty party stays free, then the death is really a waste.
Conversely, I'm pretty comfortable with the notion that less violent self defence makes it a whole lot easier on criminals. My stance, comparatively with rape, is that you must make it NOT worthwhile for the perp, no matter the outcome. A criminal with a killing history is not the same human as without the killing history.
Was that confusing? sorry :)
"Honour and pride do not exist once you're dead"
Not to you they don't, but the only way you live on beyond your death is in the memories of the people that knew you. What kind of person do you want to be remembered as? I will be remembered as the fucker who went out kicking, swinging, biting, snarling, and doing everything in my power to take something back from the person who decided to take something of mine that wasn't his - if I am to be killed by another that is. That is who I am, I understand not everyone is that way.
For real? Aside from the one special interest we share, I think this group of people is as diverse as the rest of the world . . .
Personally, I own multiple firearms: handguns, rifles, and shotguns. I also keep many other weapon systems available, and at no time carry less than a certain number of items that are weaponized (although you may not realize it) on my person at any given time. I am also an instructor of several different martial systems, and teach combatives, rifle, and pistol marksmanship among other things in the military. And with all the training and preperation I do, I still may get my come-up-its in the back of the head or get a mortar dropped on me one day, or die in an aircraft crash, or some other crazy thing. However, if I get the chance to fight back, I am fighting for my life with everything I have and I will be prepared.
I can kill you with my body, my belt, your belt, my shirt, your shirt, a knife, a stick, your glasses, a pen, my glasses, the list goes on (you can kill someone with almost anything when you are motivated and know what you are doing). Bottom line is: if I want to kill you, I'm going to. I will learn your pattern of life, collect as much information as I can, create a plan, and do the deed. It would actually be much more advantageous for me if no one were allowed to own guns: what are the odds that your combative skills, attributes and knowledge are equal to or superior to mine? Not likely for the vast majority of the population . . .
Sure, a gun makes killing easier, but yet I have never killed anyone with any of my personal weapons and don't have any plans to do so, despite my moments of indignation while carrying. I do carry a gun with me everywhere I go (EXCEPT when I go out drinking - alcohol and guns are a bad mix), and if you decide you want to have a bad day, I'll be more than happy to oblige. But after carrying for 3 years, I have never once had to draw my gun in public - but have had cause to think about it. I have never had a negligent discharge or accidental discharge with my personal weapons or work weapon systems for that matter. Don't do dumb shit with a gun . . .
I am a big fan of public gun ownership. I view the 2nd amendment "A well regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state . . ." portion as a preamble, which was common in writing at the time. Also, when you take into account what the people who wrote that wrote in other letters to each other, there is little argument in my mind as to what their intent was. Do I think that justifies a person having a pintle-towed ZPU-4 in his backyard? Not really . . . although it would be a pretty big target for anyone to find.
I wish no one any harm who doesn't wish it to me, and am a very polite person. I carry concealed, and precious few people that meet me on a daily basis have any clue what I am carrying and what I am capable of doing to them, with or without a gun. I like it that way . . .
And on the "assault weapons" thing: that stems from the term "assault rifle" which is a military term defining the weapon system by its function (a rifle used to conduct an "assault", i.e. assaulting a building, fighting position, etc), and assault rifles are by definition selective fire (semi-auto to auto or burst) weapons. There are NO civilian assault rifles or weapons, as no civilian versions of weapon systems are selective fire.
2 cents given . . .
They can be used for hunting. I have killed boars/deer with an AR-15/M4; they put holes in animal flesh just as well as human flesh. Whether or not your state allows it is a different story. Besides, there is nothing in the Constitution about hunting or sport.
They cannot be sold fully automatic unless they are classified as a Class III destructive device. You have to get your tax stamp and go through an additional FEDERAL licensing process to get one. Once you do, you can also function as an FFL dealer and have firearms shipped to you directly. Whether or not guys mod their rifles illegally with illegal parts is something else dealing with enforcement of laws on the books. No civilian models of any military/police firearms are sold with any functionality that extends beyond 1 round fired for 1 pull of the trigger.
Be careful with your level 1 combative training. Of all combative oriented martial arts training I have received/experienced over the past decade, the military has been the worst . . . the MACP (for the most part = sport BJJ) is not what I teach to my guys.
My favorite example of gun ownership gone wrong is the hotshot fatass from the gunshow who has a tricked out semi-auto M4 with a picatinny rail system, EOTECH Holographic sight, MAGPUL stock, bipod foregrip, and a SUREFIRE tac light attachment that sits over his mantle in his den/living room. Yeah . . . don't ever fucking train with it and do some mag changes to actually utilize the weapon to its full potential - instead sit on your ass and lie to yourself that you will magically have all the correct fundamentals, your check-to-stock weld will never change, and you will actually be able to hit your target with that hunk of metal. Say nothing of whether or not you have loaded magazines ready to go, batteries for your sight and flashlight, and did you think to get back-up iron sights? Did you zero them in addition to your cool-guy EOTECH Holo sight? Oh yeah . . . I forgot how much work that is. It sure wasn't that hard in CoD MW2 . . .
Most people that I see at gun shows have no clue when it comes to being prepared for some emergency or how to deploy/manipulate/articulate their weapon systems effectively in a defensive or offensive situation. It is a collecting hobby for them, nothing more. You can give a sheep a gun, some Multicam, and a Steri-Pen, but it is still a sheep.
On MACP, I understand the limitations of my training completely, but it gives me a better understanding of fighting than it does teach me how to kick ass.
I concur to an extent: hopefully the trainee gains some sort of understanding of the physicality involved in a drawn-out pugilistic contest and how to channel aggression when desired, or at least understand that is the idea. I am still very frustrated that precious few units are training combatives in full kit with weapons. Train as you fight seems to have gone out the door on that one . . .