The Crazy Things Pacifists Tell Me

By Rob Morse. May 17th, 2017
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I don’t bring up the subject with strangers. That said, sometimes people find out I’m a gun owner. The way they respond is remarkable. I assume that they are sincere in what they say but that assumption is strained. Their comments are more a confession about themselves than as an honest question directed to me. I usually bite my tongue because of the social situation. Then it occurred to me that other gun owners must be hearing similar comments. I’ve kept my answers to myself. Now I’ll share them with you.

I live on the safe side of town so I don’t need a gun for protection. I usually hear this from a well-to-do woman and it makes me smile. Does she think criminals don’t have maps that show them where the rich people live? Maybe she thinks criminals can’t drive. The woman is obviously intelligent, yet she has a profound blind-spot when it comes to personal safety. We didn’t meet inside her gated community. Why does she think she is safe everywhere?

Guns aren’t the answer. Maybe guns are not the answer, but then we are certainly talking about different questions. I assume the speaker knows that the police have firearms for personal protection. The first person who told me to go armed was a police officer. I listen to professionals. .......

Rob Morse reviews some of the common comments received from people who are unsure about guns or, even rabidly anti-gun, and shares his own thoughts regarding possible responses. A great many gun owners have experienced such statements, often finding that even presenting truth and logic often does little to change stubborn and closed-minded people.

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