Well, I don't really think about that. Maybe I have a higher death wish than most people. Really to me it's just being more safe than sorry, and my overall distrust of humans. I may live in a decent neighborhood, but you don't have to go far at all before you're in some nasty areas. Just a couple of miles in certain directions. I've lived in some of those areas too. It's a nice wake up call when people are shooting each other in your back yard, and I do mean that literally.
Yeah, if the day ever comes when someone does try to rob me or something, I may get killed. It could happen to any of us. But "Bob"dammit, I'm at least going to take the cocksucker down with me in the process.
[...] Really to me it's just being more safe than sorry [...]
How is being dead '"more safe"? I'm sorry I'm just not seeing the logic here :(
If I could understand that, I think I might better understand the pro-gun faction...
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 :)