Potentially, I am a threat to you.

I really am.

Gun violence is never pretty.  Neither is the aftermath.

Whenever a bad guy with a gun does something awful, the first instinct of usually thoughtful, well-meaning people is to deny guns to the some 85 million Americans who are innocent of any crime. Logical?

A New York bred ex-father in law once told me that because I owned firearms I was a threat to him.

In the big scheme of things, he may have been right.  I own and/or have owned more than a dozen guns of all types and have never broken the law with one of them.  There is a chance, albeit an infinitesimally small one, that one day in a fit of rage or because I have descended into a state of mental incapacity I will harm someone with one of my firearms.

There is a far better chance however that owning and carrying a firearm will prevent me or someone else from being a victim of crime.  We know this because FBI statistics clearly show that firearms are used far more often to prevent crimes than to commit them, and in the overwhelming number of cases without being discharged. (Civilians fire their weapons in self-defense far less often than law enforcement officers do in similar situations.)

There is another statistic of note that gun-abolishers never mention, and that is for the past couple of decades, while firearm ownership (along with the number of concealed carry permits issued) has increased dramatically, the rate of violent crime in our nation has been in a steady decline.

A time worn joke is that guns kill people in the same way that forks made Michael Moore fat.  Gun violence is a serious thing, but abolition of the natural law rights of people to protect themselves and their property is not an answer.  Your chance of being killed in an automobile accident this week is far greater than your chance of being a gun crime fatality.  Should we ban cars to assure your total safety?  You are immensely more likely to die of obesity-related heart disease or cancer than to be a shooting victim.  Is it time to ban forks?

Answering irrationality with irrationality has never seemed like a very good idea to me.  Sorry.

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