Why are people so afraid of guns and not cars?
It is natural for people to fearful of what they do not understand, or have not been introduced to. Often times people that seem strange, or act differently at first, sometimes turn out to be our best friends. Lets look at our relationship with the automobile, it has been said that we see our vehicle as an extension of ourselves, we like our cars, trucks, and sport vehicles. We also are comfortable around them, how much thought do you put to the fact that when you are standing on the curb waiting for the ďwalkĒ light, we are mearly feet from three thousand pound and often much heavier moving objects. Or when we get that ďgoĒ to cross the street, the first vehicles in line as we pass are in their natural state of ready to go, held back only by the drivers contact with the brake peddle. This does not bother us in the least. We have grown used to it from years or riding in cars, watching cars, and even driving cars ourselves.
But what do we really know about that driver in the car that goes speeding past as we stand on the curb, or the driver anxiously waiting for the green light as we take our turn to pass through that very same intersection. We donít know a darn thing; they could be a priest, a Doctor, our neighbor from the next street over. They could also be a twice convicted rapist, someone with mental health issues, or a pedophile. Yet we walk right past, and donít give it a thought in the world. All this person has to do to change our world forever is to let there foot off the brake, intentionally or not, the deed is done. If they steered the car a little to the right and hit is as we stand on the edge of the curb, intentionally or not, yet we entrust our lives with these people we donít know, never saw before, or will probably never see again. And we donít give it a second thought.
Statistically speaking, automobile accidents kill more people every year than guns, thatís including justified homicides, when a police officer kills a criminal, or a battered woman kills her abusive partner, that is a Homicide, a justifiable one, but it goes into the same column as a cold blooded murder when looking at deaths related to guns.
Yet some people will panic at the sight of a gun, even those who have never been touched by any kind of violence in there lives. Why, itís made of metal, and plastic just like the automobile that just passed them within 2 feet at 35 miles an hour. It has no will of its own, and is incapable of action outside of that precipitated by its possessor. Yet it strikes fear into the hearts of millions of people every day. Yet the same argument arises every time an attempt to relax the laws as to where citizens can lawfully carry a concealed gun, the streets will run red with the blood of the innocent. For over ten years we have heard this argument, it hasnít come to be. The reasons are the same as to why there arenít mass road rage incidents on our highways, People understand that their actions bare consequences. If you are cut off by an inconsiderate driver, do you run them off the road, or ram their car. No, you get mad, maybe cuss to yourself, and you get over it. Why. Because you donít want to get into trouble for causing an accident, you donít want to live with the fact that you hurt or killed someone, you also donít want to open yourself to litigation that would surely take everything you own. So why is it so hard to grasp that this same logic applys to the use of a gun?
Those of us that wish to carry a concealed handgun are not crazy, or looking to kill someone, we are by and large average citizens from all walks of life that want the ability to protect ourselves, we are aware that the government can not, and should not be expected to provide us with 24 hour protection. The courts have time and again proven this fact. We are also not trying to push to have every American armed; it is a choice that each and every person must make for themselves. Itís not for everyone. But please realize that we are not trying to force anything on anyone else, we are simply trying to protect our ability to protect ourselves, and our families.