The disaffected find guns an easy answer
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.