The dis­af­fected find guns an easy an­swer

Maryland Independent - - Community Forum -

Our ad­vo­cates for a wide-open gun cul­ture paint a pic­ture of clear-eyed, coura­geous cit­i­zens pre­pared to leap into com­bat against any gov­ern­ment that threat­ens to crush our rights or im­pose con­trols over free­doms.

En­vi­sion­ing a hy­po­thet­i­cal fu­ture full of dan­gers to “the Amer­i­can way of life” from their per­spec­tive alone, they ig­nore that others may see other equally nar­row, dif­fer­ent sets of ex­is­ten­tial threats to act against. In­dif­fer­ence to and im­punity of po­lice to kill blacks — Dal­las. Con­tempt and dis­re­spect to­ward Mus­lims’ re­li­gion, so­ci­ety and dig­nity — San Bernardino.

Whether the threat is valid or not, any dis­af­fected group or in­di­vid­ual finds guns an easy an­swer.

When­ever law en­force­ment pro­fes­sion­als across the na­tion are queried as to the ad­vis­abil­ity of wide­spread gun own­er­ship, they come down squarely against it. They know, as po­lice, they will be more likely to face a gun in their ev­ery­day pur­suit of their du­ties.

They know that their recog­ni­tion of gun preva­lence makes them per­son­ally more likely to err on the side of self-preser­va­tion and re­sult in the shoot­ing of civil­ians.

That’s a judg­ment call that some­times re­sults trag­i­cally in the death of an un­armed cit­i­zen.

Paula Pip­pin, Cal­i­for­nia, Md.

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