Okay fair enough. I definitely agree with PGI when he says that there should be extensive background checks done, you can't just hand a firearm to anybody.
At the end of the day the people of the USA want guns so that's how it's always going to be. I'm glad that guns aren't legal in Australia though, I never really feel threatened here.
I appreciate the civil, respectful conversation. Those are very hard to find when it comes to topics like this.
I guess it's just a different culture. I grew up shooting guns. This was me as a kid. Yes, that's a one piece ninja turtles jump suit:
Working my job has really opened up my eyes. I see things on the news like the Colorado shooting and I remind myself that's why I take my gun everywhere. My girlfriend thinks I'm paranoid. Maybe so. But when that day comes and I can save myself, my family, my friends, or even a stranger's life I'm going to be ready.
This is a great article and metaphor I pretty much live my life by:
The Sheepdog metaphor essentially asserts that there are three kinds of people in the U.S.:
Sheep (the mass of unprepared, untrained and unaware prey);
Wolves (the group of criminal, deranged, and evil-doers who prey on the sheep);
Sheepdogs (the small group of dogs who live peacefully among the sheep and are generally the guardians of the flock).
Sheep normally live their entire day moving in a flock and generally have very little awareness of their world. Wolves shadow the flock, looking for the easy prey on the edge; the young, the old and the weak. These wolves normally can attack with impunity if they can avoid the flock’s ram since there is very little the ewes and lambs can do to defend themselves except run. The ram lacks fangs and claws and really can only use it’s curled horns to ram and butt predators. Even then, the ram is essentially just another sheep.
The sheepdog lives peacefully with the flock, walking on the edge, keeping a wary eye out for wolves. Sheepdogs are possessed of certain qualities like loyalty, courage, discipline, vigilance and intelligence. The sheepdog also has fangs, claws and a level of aggression that wolves have to respect.
But those are the same things that make sheep nervous. Since sheepdogs remind sheep of the wolf, many sheep would rather that the sheepdogs be defanged and declawed. Or some sheep even want them declared a threat to the flock and tagged as potential domestic terrorist threats or right-wing extremists. They even use the term “lone wolf”.
Sheepdogs can be found in the military, in law enforcement, in security and among responsible citizens. They don’t have to be men, they don’t even have to be in the brotherhood of arms. They are the ones who feel a moral obligation to protect the weak, stand up for the innocent and generally keep evil at bay.