So I find that the topic of weapons is not an easy subject to discuss, but I feel like we need to talk about this. I grew up with guns in my home. Hunting rifles to be exact, but I didn’t really think twice about them. Had no clues where there were and didn’t care. My stepfather kept the bullets in one place and the guns in another.
Again I had no idea where this was. As I got older I still ever had feelings one way or the other. I watched the news. I saw the terrible crimes being committed, but I still never had a strong feeling to ban guns. When my fiancé and I reunited, I expressed my feelings for wanting to practice shooting.
He was excited. So we went and I had fun. Please do not ask me why but I enjoyed it. So we talked for a while and he wanted me to get my concealed and carry license. After many weeks of excuses and being lazy I finally went and I was pretty proud. For many reasons, but mostly I finished the course.
But I have many opinions like everyone and being a mother I am often chastised for being an irresponsible parent for owning guns. I do believe there are irresponsible gun owners. But owning a gun does not simply make one a bad parent or person for that manner.
Sorry, but someone has to pull the trigger. With any weapon, there has to be a person behind the weapon for it to kill someone. This is a stupid argument and I hate it. I understand the feelings, but we will get to the people behind guns in a moment. A gun is an inanimate object and can’t do damage without someone pulling the trigger.
A gun is just another tool for self-defense.
This is to speak to the reasons I own a weapon. I realize that guns are used to purposely kill people, but we aren’t talking about that as these are not my intentions when having a gun. Just like a knife, Taser, pepper spray, a gun is just another tool in the toolbox to defend yourself. Trust me the last thing I want to do is ever use the gun, but I will defend my family and pulling it out can mean we all go home alive.
I will not sit back and allow someone to hurt me. I will not allow my child to be harmed. I will do what I have to protect me and my own or anyone else in harm. I have that right. I have the right to walk down the street and feel safe. Unfortunately, I have to be close to someone to use a knife, Taser or pepper spray. I am hoping they don’t get that close.
I feel like the stigma of Mental Illness attributes to some mass shootings
This is simply my opinion. It is not fact, but how I feel so let’s get that clear. I feel that after a shooting happens you hear about their mental health. Some with signs of a mental illness, but were not being treated. Getting help is so hard for many reasons. One people are shamed into believing they are crazy just for not being able to do things like everyone else.
Help is often hard to find or expensive. So many don’t even have the ability to do so. I do feel in my heart that if we accepted mental illness for what it is and offered and made available adequate care, maybe some of these shootings wouldn’t happen. I also feel that some of these unfortunately still could have happened. I don’t know. However, perhaps if we helped people deal with these feelings they wouldn’t go to this extreme.
Additionally, medical professionals need to make sure that they, at least, make it record that a patient with signs of self-harm or hurting others are not allowed to have a weapon per their advice. Will this stop this? No, but it could and what can it hurt?
Banning guns will not get them off the street
Meth, cocaine, PCP and many other very illegal drugs are still available. A criminal does not care about laws so you think that saying no guns allowed will prevent them from getting guns and using them? No. No, it will not. Be realistic.Banning Guns won't stop criminals. Click To Tweet
Education is the best way to avoid accidental gun deaths
Just like with anything, kids need the whole story. For their safety and others, you need to be real. Let them form their own opinions. We discuss guns, gun safety and the parts of weapons. We practice gun safety, safes, and locked doors. When we have other children over we let the parents know and give them the opportunity to let their children stay.
You are welcome to ask me any questions because this is your child and you need to be comfortable with this. If you aren’t, I 100% understand I would never judge you. I just ask you be respectful of my choices because I will do the same to you. Just like with anything, people for what they don’t know and the more I learned, the better I felt about our decision.
Guns are a tool like I said before. Another tool to defend one’s self. They are not for everyone and I do not think everyone should have them. However, I do believe that we need better, unbiased education on guns. It doesn’t take much to have an accident. And with anything in life you can’t live afraid. You don’t think you will get in an accident, but you know it is possible yet you still drive from place to place.
I walk around aware of my surroundings but feeling a small amount of relief knowing I have half a chance of protecting myself.
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