When I think about all the killing that has happened from sick individuals in the last few years in the "mass-shootings" It does make me sick. I never want people to be hurt or injured. But what I really wonder, in all this time, from when I was a kid till now, why are more people doing this? Is it really that guns are more out there. I know growing up that I could tell you exactly where my father's gun was and where the ammunition was and that it was not locked. I know where my neighbor's parents guns were as well. Was I somehow living in a dangerous society because of this? Or is something happening in American society that we are failing kids?
I know most in my community knew where their parents firearms were, yet no one went out killing everyone just because they knew where that stuff was. The first case happened and we started passing laws to "protect the children" and what not. But guns were much easier to get 50 years ago, why now is this a problem? Why now, are we having all kinds of problems of people respecting others?
I see pundits and others saying easy access to the firearms is the problem, but really is the desire to do the harm not the bigger problem? I believe the 2nd amendment is an individual right, to allow me to not live in fear, to allow my wife to not live in fear, and my son to not live in fear. I am ready to protect myself and others from all threats. Now this does not mean I am looking for trouble, and in actuality I think an article I read described it best. When you start carrying, you become a pacifist, at least the majority of law abiding gun owners do(and if you do not, and start brandishing it, well you are committing a felony and really are not law abiding anymore). The reason for this is that we treat all life as sacred, we try to deescalate things and retreat when necessary, but if someone decides to force us in to a corner, we will protect the life of ourselves and our family as it is sacred.
We do not go looking for trouble, we do not want trouble, it will rack us with guilt for years if we ever have to do something like that. We really just want to be left alone, but the fact of the mater, is that everyone is their own first responder, whether it is a fire extinguisher on the fire, the first aid kit on the broken arm, or the firearm to the intruders. It is up to those involved to wait for help and be prepared to help themselves until that time. I unlike the fire department do not have a tanker truck to back me up, so I have multiple fire extinguishers, I unlike the paramedics do not have a huge truck with a hospital and doctors backing me up so I have a lot of stuff in my personal first aid kit, or like the police I do not have brother police backing me up, each with a pistol, 3 mags, a backup pistol, and a service rifle, so I have a firearm with magazines that hold more than 10 bullets. I am not going to patrol my house, but I will be ready if they come to hurt my wife or child.