I most often require a sidearm when in the field. We have bears and all sorts of animals who dont appreciate people and we have people who would like to possess what you have. Im not making any excuses.
Im trained and have used my weapon .Its a tool with one purpose.
However, Id like to see a society where I could trust that we wouldnt need them. I dont see a gun as a phallic substitute like some of these guys here. Its a fuckin necessary tool like a drill rig is to me. I would like to see the generational rise of our collective civility do away wth the need to carry or even own, where long weapons would only be used for hunting and sidearms for target practice and the police.
I see that its gonna not happen in my lifetime but I predict that it will and the second amendment will be manipulated into something that evolved away from a wild west culture of wepons .
The old Om Sig (btw , where is the old fart?) chestnut that and armed society is a poilite society is just bullshit. An armed society is a society that will turn to guns to settle disagreements, thats a fact .
The rhetoric used by both sides is tiring and wont be bridged soon . Guys like oralloy see themselves as protectors of some natural "Right" and thats a phony construct sold to him by the gun manufacturers whove got him by the nuts and brains. Anti Gun people are mostly avoiding the entire discussion of the overall utility of guns and their rightful place as a tool of sport and protection . Consequently it seems there isnt any compromise and its turned dirty with assertions flyinmg all over the place.
My 5 point plan of safetyizing our society is based upon points that are equally unacceptable by both sides, like armed guards in schools , but also enhanced checking on owners and widening the National Firearms act, also a modification of the econd amendmenty which is purposely vague (Its the only amendment so )