Why I don’t own a gun

Super smart piece on the “gun frenzy.”

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If you visit me in Arizona, I’ll collect you at the airport and tell you: Remember, you’re never more than a few dozen feet from a gun. People here keep guns in their homes, their cars, strapped to the insides of their boots. If we stop at the grocery store for popcorn, strawberries and beer (that’s what we’d have for dinner at my house) at least one man will be casually wearing a handgun on his belt. Twenty others will be carrying concealed weapons. You do not want to get into it with a stranger in this part of the country. He wants to cut in the checkout line? Let him.

Yesterday at work, a couple of ladies were happily discussing their personal arsenals.

“I have four guns right now,” one said. “The biggest one is Czechoslovakian, and I keep it right on my nightstand.”

I allowed as to how sleeping with a…

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One thought on “Why I don’t own a gun

  1. “What you won’t see is anything remotely honest about who women are protecting themselves from (again, your rapist and/or murderer is usually a man with whom you share a home) or about the ingrained sex-class system that allows and encourages men to make women afraid because men stand to gain a lot from women’s fear. They stand to gain lots of money (guns are spendy!) and power (the NRA is, well…the NRA).”

    I think that is the most powerful point made in the essay. Some women might argue that they could grab their gun before the rapist gets it, that they could hide it safely, etc.

    However, no one can deny that if you buy a gun, it is likely that the wrong people will profit from that. Also, changing the law so that nobody can own a gun is preferable to having a gun yourself. (There’s nowhere near as much shootings in countries where you need a permission to own a gun.)

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