A thought about the mentality of an anti
The other day, I was watching a video online of someone chopping stuff with a sword. My first thought was that that was pretty cool and I'd like to have one. My second thought was holy cow, without even thinking about it I could accidentally cut my ear off (or other appendage).
I found it a little curious that while the idea of swinging a sword around scares me, the idea of carrying a loaded gun around does not, because I know exactly what I have to do to keep it safe. I know the safety rules for guns and don't have to think about them to follow them, but the same is not true for swords. I know in theory that if I were swinging a sword around it would only cut what I swung it at, but having little experience with it I really don't think it would be safe to do so without carefully thinking through every move I made beforehand.
So I was struck with the fact that this is probably what it feels like to be the average anti: to see a gun as something where screwing up and killing someone would be way too easy to do accidentally, given that you have to constantly be thinking about all these 'rules' you have to follow.
Clearly in some sense, that is correct, but it seems like to the inexperienced it is easy to overestimate how difficult it is.