Aug 20, 2009

It Bears Repeating

One of the most common things I hear from people who fear guns, whether they think no one should be allowed to have a gun or just that they never could bring themselves to touch one, is that they fear what they would do if they were angry and they had a gun. They might shoot someone in a fit of pique, or take revenge on an enemy, or accidentally shoot someone while playing with it. This from innocuous people, careful drivers, people who can debone a turkey in two minutes without stabbing their spouse or cutting off a finger. With no mental map of their own capacity of violence, they project and fill in the unknown territory with what they’ve seen- dramas where some normal person loses it and kills someone in a fit of ordinary anger, action shows where someone guns down the big bad (or the big bad guns down random innocent people)- all the places guns usually appear in fiction. [emphasis mine]

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Sam (EOTIS) said...

Too much TV

diamond dave said...

Gun ownership requires a lot more responsibility than many people seem to understand. Responsibility for having the ten commandments of gun safety drilled into their heads, and the training to know how, and when, to use a gun. Knowing full well what can happen when the trigger is pulled, and not taking the consequences lightly. And being able to accept that responsibility. Oh, yeah, and the fact that irresponsibility or impulsiveness with a firearm could cost someone's life and us a lengthy prison term, irrevocably ruining our lives. That is what keeps us redneck lunatic 2nd amendment bearers from going crazy and shooting whoever pisses us off at any given moment.

Joan of Argghh! said...

Well said, Dave. That's it, exactly.

USS Ben USN (Ret) said...

With no mental map of their own capacity of violence, they project and fill in the unknown territory with what they’ve seen-

Yep, that explains it. And the propensity to believe they can't overcome their emotions in the presence of (gasp!) a gun.

It's funny how they don't seem to think this way with every other potential deadly weapon, be it a knife, a knitting needle or a spork (hey, it is possible to put an eye out with a spork).
Even a stereo can become a deadly weapon (just ask any parents who have or have had teenagers).

Joan of Argghh! said...

Yes, these same sorts of folks who have no compunction about sending out their teenager to pilot a 3000 lb. guided missile at 70+ mph in traffic.