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I just commented on a website called Wilton Patch. It talks about asking the question of whether one has a gun in the home before you let your kids play over there. I commented:
"Obviously, the solution is not to ruin relationships with neighbors, but to educate kids in how to react when they see a gun in a home. Don't touch it, call an adult, etc. etc. You train your kids.
The problem with anti-gun persons who prefer to sever relationships rather than educate their kids or supervise them is that it leaves one hazard in place in their own home: they have just telegraphed the entire neighborhood that they will not protect their loved ones.
Without serious-minded preparation, without serious-minded force in their own home, they have announced that they cannot be depended on to protect wife and kids in time of violent crime.
They might as well be in denial about fire extinguishers. (One could go off and spray carbon dioxide all over the water heater!!)
No gun in the home means no serious preparedness in the home. (Burglars and home invaders aren't intimidated by a kitchen knife or broomhandle.)
I wouldn't point to numbers of accidental shootings; I prefer to point to those people who are in the Emergency Room having been beaten half to death.
Or worse. Don't get me started."
Too late, I'm started. One of the most understated truths about anti-gun people is how they fail to comprehend what they are saying out loud. "Sweetheart, sir, or madam: You know how I feel about guns. What I mean to say on the record, my love, is that you cannot count on me to protect you and the kids. When I am against guns, we won't have one in this house, either. Don't depend on me to protect my loved ones."
And you'd better believe it. Crime is not fought by gun control, crime is fought the moment it strikes, or it wins that round. This is why you can find people seriously injured by violence. You can also find reports of old ladies who refuse to be a victim: they have a sidearm which they bring to bear to even things out a bit. Some call it an Equalizer. Translation: crimes which did not happen because they were stopped.
Emergency Rooms may see beatings and rapes among an awful lot of violence, but what they do not see are the millions (yes, millions) of acts of violence every single year which did not happen, thanks to the person who refuses to be a victim.
These persons who refuse to be a victim are right next to you in your neighborhood, never causing trouble, never going postal. They may carry a concealed handgun and you'd never know it.
Only they will never have to look their loved ones in the eye and shun the responsibility they have for protecting the only thing that means everything to them and their community.
Guns in the homes of others are what will bring the community safer streets and smaller government. Trying to talk your whole neighborhood into being defenseless is not something you want to let get around. Say it out loud about your house, look your loved ones in the eye if you like, but realize what it is you're really saying.
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