Is it time to buy a gun?

This is a pretty hot topic right now, and I revisit this idea in my own head periodically. That’s because I don’t own any firearms, even though I am a staunch defender of the 2nd Amendment. I am against a disarmed citizenry for the following reasons:

  1. People should have the right to defend themselves from harm. The police cannot guard you 24/7, and when faced with a dangerous situation, we should all have the ability to respond with at least equal force. I don’t believe in having a fair fight with dangerous people.
  2. A government that  wants to disarm you is not working for your best interest.
  3. Disarmament has historically preceded oppression.
  4. The people who obey the laws against guns are never your problem. The ones who don’t will still get them, and use them to do you harm.

My own objection to owning a gun has evolved over the years. When I was younger and had kids I didn’t want one in the house. As I have gotten older I am more at peace with God and I am quite content with leaving my fate in His hands. I feel less threatened in general. But my wife is less sanguine about this than I am. After all, she is the one that always brings the subject up. And this has gotten my attention because I am sensitive to the natural fact that she does, and should, feel more vulnerable than I do.

I know I would take a bullet for her. But would I send one? That seems like it should be the easier thing to do. If it comes down to her or some dirtbag who wishes her harm, I could empty a clip into such a person with ease. Maybe that’s what bothers me. There are people I could kill. And I’d even feel good about it.

I am still not ready to make a purchase, but I am getting to be open-minded about it.

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