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  •  Is seeing yourself as powerless (5+ / 0-)

    the same as cowardice?  Is being fearful, the feeling of being vulnerable, the same as cowardice?  I don't know.  What I do know is that there is a lot of abject fear in this country, and a lot of it is fear of other people owning guns while you're unarmed.

    Everyone I know who keeps a loaded gun in their bedside table does so out of fear that their house will be broken into in the dead of night, and without that gun the household would be at the mercy of the invaders.  Their house has never been broken into; they or their family members have never been threatened by anyone,  least of all by late-night home invaders.  But their fear persists.  It's illogical and irrational, but there it is.

    "In this world of sin and sorrow there is always something to be thankful for; as for me, I rejoice that I am not a Republican." - H. L. Mencken

    by SueDe on Sun Dec 16, 2012 at 05:34:47 AM PST

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    •  Okay, please reread my comment (2+ / 0-)
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      If you take a breath and read past the first line you will see that no, I don't think of feeling powerless as cowardice. I also very clearly said that "only an abject coward feels the need to be armed all the time", (though I've only bolded it here). I also go on to say that I can understand why victims of violent crime would feel the need to be armed. My point remains though that if one goes through their life entirely, obsessively afraid of losing it, then what enjoyment can one get out of being alive at all? I bid you peace.

      "Given the choice between a Republican and someone who acts like a Republican, people will vote for a real Republican every time." Harry Truman

      by MargaretPOA on Sun Dec 16, 2012 at 05:57:21 AM PST

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    •  Our house HAS been broken into (6+ / 0-)

      And in the middle of the night.

      They came in through an unlocked window.

      They took money from our wallets, and left. We never saw them, thank god. Never woke up.

      They didn't take anything else. No computers, no tvs, no phones, didn't even take credit cards. All were accessible, especially phones.

      Cops were there within 5 min of our calling them, and they caught the person trying to break into another house in the neighborhood.

      We don't live in the country. There's a good bit of traffic in our area. Cops drive by on a pretty regular basis too.

      We did change things a little after the break in. We got a/c, so we didn't have to leave windows open. And I took the cushions off the backyard furniture so you couldn't climb on it, and make sure the downstairs windows are locked.

      But I didn't get a gun. Nor did I want to.

    •  fear mongering is a also a big business in (3+ / 0-)
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      this country

      •  Wish I could rec this comment 100 times. (0+ / 0-)

        Everything from commercial advertising to political bloviating seems to be specifically designed to keep us quaking in our boots about one thing or another.  It's annoying.  I get no joy whatsoever - or even excitement - from being afraid.

        "In this world of sin and sorrow there is always something to be thankful for; as for me, I rejoice that I am not a Republican." - H. L. Mencken

        by SueDe on Sun Dec 16, 2012 at 03:19:13 PM PST

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