Faces of the children at Sandy Hook School murdered by one lone kid.
So, the theory I am hearing over and over is that a gun is needed in the home for protection. Our society has degenerated to being more hate and violence than love and compassion. And especially when you have children you want to protect them. We lose children to accidents in the home every year. Accidental poisoning, dog bites, bullying, molestation, and abuse.
I believe that most people who have a gun say they are “for protection.” I understand the need to try and keep the violence away. In a home with children, the gun or guns are locked up in a closet or in a drawer in the nightstand. Heaven help us there are none loaded and under a pillow. Some people have multiple guns in the home. Some are revolvers and some are assault guns. I am not sure what they are expecting to arrive at their home.
Real life scenario: you are asleep and hear a noise and quietly get up. You hear another small noise and you unlock your gun and load it. In the dark, you tiptoe down a hallway and you can barely make out an outline. Someone is in the house! You shoot. There is a thud and the person’s body falls to the floor and you flip on the lights and see you have shot your husband in the shoulder. But at least he isn’t dead. He was away on business and got home before he was expected and didn’t want to bother you. Now the police are arriving and an ambulance and you are trying to explain to the kids and the police.
Here is another one. You and your husband are in bed watching tv. All is quiet in the house, suddenly you hear the sound of glass breaking. Well, maybe that is what it is. Fear grips you and your husband gets the guns and loads it. He hears a creak and goes down the stairs. You hear yelling and a gun fire. You are terrified but call 911. It turns out that a kid broke into your home. You find yourself looking at your husband who has just shot and killed a sixteen year old who was looking for money for beer. Did he commit a crime? He sure did. Did he deserve to be dead? He sure didn’t. Even though you might live in a state where the husband wouldn’t be prosecuted you both have to live with the fact that you killed another human being. Yes, we have the right to protect what is ours. Is it more important than a life? More important than a child created to walk this earth and has Divine energy within him or her?
There have always been people who have been the scum of the earth. There always will be.We will never end all of the hatred and violence. Do we ignore it?” I think not. I think we have a well regulated militia (police) who are paid to protect us. How about if we took all of the money spent on the purchase and use of guns and ammo and distributed it to cities to hire more police or pay them what they should be earning?
Again, looking to keep the conversation going. I want to hear from everyone. This is one of the most difficult questions we face right now as a country.