In my home state of Minnesota, we just passed a right-wing led "concealed-carry" law enabling citizens to carry guns anywhere they wish.
Now, guns aren't my issue. I don't care about them. So far no one has ever shot me, and I expect things to continue at that pace.
As odd as this law sounds, I doubt that our gun death statistics will change much (partly because they're already high, and people have lots of guns anyway.)
But a lot of suburban people in our fair state appear convinced that a tidal wave of urban violence is about to do the Big Apple on their heads. (Mixed metaphors, you have no power over me!)
If life is truly dangerous, makes sense to pack some heat. I can find no fault with that logic.
I saw a poster that said "Armed Americans save 2 million people from criminal attack ever year."
It is comparable to saying: Deaths due to elephant rampage in the U.S. this year: 0, thanks to guns.
You can't argue with sound thinking.
This is happening the same week as the U.S. has announced plans to disarm the nation of Iraq. We see you with a gun , we shoot you.
Question here is: if Americans can arm themselves to be safe in a pretty safe country, why are Iraqis — to whom we are extending the benefit of our superior way of life — denied this right, in a country that is about as dangerous as they get?
And don't gun people always say: The first sign of tyranny is when the government takes away your guns?
And didn't all the lawn signs say: Liberate Iraq?
Well, how can people be free without the sine qua non of freedom, machines that punch holes in people?
I feel guilty even asking, but there it is.