A few months ago, I purchased my second handgun. This is the first public mention of it. The model to be exact is a Taurus P111 G2, chambered in 9mm. It’s a great compact concealed carry weapon. I happen to be a firm believer in the 2nd amendment, but I do believe certain views of it are outdated and some change needs to happen.
I was raised with weapons all around me, and have always been a natural with whatever firearm I shoot. Whether it be a handgun, an AK-47 or a shotgun. I’m a good aim. With that much power, comes responsibility. I’m a responsible firearm owner, and hold human life higher than anything else and would only take a life in the defense of another. I wanted to join the military but a diagnosis of epilepsy at 16 prevented that from happening.
With the number of mass shootings in this country skyrocketing by the day, I sometimes don’t feel safe anywhere I go. I had a gun pulled on me in my early 20s by someone who can only be best described as a hoodlum. It scared me right to a gun shop. The fact that I work at a very large geographical location that bans weapons from being held by anyone but police? I don’t want to die at my job because someone didn’t like the support we gave them just like I don’t want to die while watching a movie.
As a part of the purchase of the firearm, I was given a free 1 year membership to the NRA (National Rifle Association). I took it, and accepted a subscription to one of their magazines, called “America’s 1st Freedom.” At first glance, I just received the 2nd one today this is a magazine filled with very right-wing values. Any views or stances against a militarized population who has access to full automatic weapons seems to be against their views.
I joined to get an insider’s perspective, and while I totally understand the whole left/right perspective to get a middle consensus, this is just unhealthy. They seem to be a breeding ground for the mental issues that seem to be the majority of reasons for the mass shootings I spoke of earlier. You would totally think than an organization such as the NRA would want a healthy talk of different viewpoints, and healthier individuals sending their message across the country. This is not the feeling I get from their literature.
Regardless your views, without weapons we would not have been able to overthrow the British. It’s only right that we have the same capabilities in proportion if actual government tyranny were to happen again.
My view is pretty simple and understandable. Wouldn’t criminals be very leery of committing crimes if they knew a majority of individuals were armed? It’s not about being loud and proud. It’s about being silent and at the ready, much like the minutemen of the 18th century. You only get one life, and I don’t want mine ending for reasons other than my body being finished.