I must admit, I respect you for advocating your points of view with such sincerety. That being said, I abhor what you suggest.
If the victims 'could' have been armed, the attacker in all likely hood 'would' have been harmed.
And you want to advocate the rugged frontier mentality by equipping five year olds with guns? Let me assure you, I for one would feel very unsafe in a society where five year olds are allowed to carry guns.
Lethal 'accidents' will rise dramatically in a society where everyone can and will carry and use guns if they feel threatened.
Maybe you should just shoot him....
I don't have a problem with guns. We HAVE a gun.
We also have a five year old.
The gun is kept unloaded and locked in a safe. It comes out when we go camping and hiking in the wilderness.
I suppose you find this ridiculous behavior, David.
But I refuse to be a hostage to every other person in the world and I refuse to be afraid in my own home. I will not let fear be the deciding factor in my life.
I'll wager that most people on this forum could own a gun if they wanted one. They don't want one. So what? Big deal! To each their own.
What I find appalling is that you toss out your gun enthusiam in inappropriate places.
I myself, carry a fully loaded bazooka with me when I go and take my dog for a walk in the local park.
Unless it's raining, then I take my umbrella, as I can't carry both.
I dated a girl who carried two 44's but she was adamantly anti gun.....
Personally, I prefer a sword cane or nunchuks. I used to like a morning star, but they're dreadfully awkward to jog any distance with.
There is something not right here. You take a tragic occurence, and then state 'something in the veins of : If the victims might have had guns, this could have been prevented' In other words... You say circumstances can change provided that we change variables (in this case, guns) in them.
Yet, when I state something that will (granted, this is stronger then could, but still, it's just my opinion) happen if all can carry guns, you state that my fears have no basis in fact, but in prejudice.
Anyways, just because you know how to behave in a society where you, and all the people around you, are armed, does not mean all people do.
To compare with cars: Just because I know how to drive, does not mean everybody knows how to drive. Which is proven by the high accident rate traffic in my countrys is prone to.
Just because someone knows how to use a gun and is comfortable using one doesn't mean that they want to carry one around.
My brother has been in the Army for 30 years. He knows how to use all variety of weapons and is an expert marksman. He would no more carry around a gun than he would attempt to fly off a mountain top using home-made wings.
He won't even have a gun in his house.
Ah yes, salutary advice from a large-scale slave owner.
The old folks should carry a dirk or kris. Perhaps younger folks could be taught to be proficient with the thugee strangling cord.
I prefer a well-sharpened katana, but it keeps getting tangled up when i sit down.