Sure, I’ll admit my bias. I really do try to hear the other side but I don’t see any real information being shared.
This subject is personal for me for two reasons.
As you can tell from my avatar, I spent 22 years in military service. I swore to protect and defend the Constitution against all enemies, foreign and domestic. That doesn’t mean I see the other side as enemies, but it does mean the Constitution is dear to me… all of it.
I have been in a position where I had to use a gun for self and family protection a few times. No, I did not have to shoot anyone or even fire the gun, but I would have if necessary. Even that is a shattering and life changing event. I can assure you I was not jumping up & down all happy about maybe getting to shoot someone. Those events scared the snot out of me because of what I might have to do.
I see firearms as tools. Like any tool, it can be used for good or evil. A screwdriver is a tool intended to fix or assemble something, but it can easily used to stab someone. For either one, the difference is the person holding it.
In my house I have a wife, my 18 year-old grandson, my 20 year old granddaughter and my 2 year old great-granddaughter. We live on a nice street in a very low crime town, but no place is completely safe. If someone decided to invade my home, I must assume they’re not there to swap oatmeal cookie recepies with my wife. They’re there at lest to steal and I have no way of knowing what else they might do. I can either rely on the good will of criminals not to harm anyone, or I can meet them with overwhelming force in the attempt to assure my great-granddaughter has a chance to grow up.
As horrible as it would feel to have killed someone, that pales in comparison to holding that little girl’s body because I did nothing.
Oh, and no flames from me. That’s not the way I roll unless I’'m being attacked. So far this has been a frustrating but rather pleasant discussion.