I just need to make my statement to the NRA, weapons makers & dealers, and anti-government gun-fanatical crazy people.
I do not want my country to be turned into a war zone.
I don't want an armed guard to go to the store or gas station, or to a school, public library, theater, soccer game or family party. Or to vote when that time comes.
We have some problems now, sure, but they will never be solved by having everyone carry a firearm. I don't want to, it's a heavy responsibility (and not too good for a bad back, either) as I would have to worry about someone targeting me because I have a gun.
I did not work hard to raise my kids to be safe, competent adults just to have a bunch of money grubbing loonies make it unsafe to live in my own country. As a woman, there is already a kind of target on my back as a prime target for personal violence in our society. Carrying a gun will NOT make me safer. More guns & ammo just increases the risk of violence, maiming, pain & death. That is not a world to leave for children.
A weapon-makers & dealers utopia probably has everyone owning and maintaining guns.
That is not my vision of utopia. I don't care if zero dollars are spent on weapons in the future - I will feel safer.
If I choose to, I can live in a place on this earth that requires carrying a gun for personal safety. I DO NOT WANT TO live in such a place - I'm damn lucky to have that choice. I don't want someone's industry of death changing my safety level.
I'm just sick that there are so many current discussions of all the ways people could be killed besides guns, such as IED & other bombs, poison gases & other toxins. This is WAR TALK and I don't want to apply it to my country or local community. We are not in a civil war & I don't want to be in a civil war.
The only 'them' I'm afraid of are the WAR MONGERS spewing hate speech through every available media outlet, and organizations that tell people to plan for the apocalypse & collapse of our government - use your guns to steal survival supplies from neighbors! Right now it is so easy for people to get guns they can steal cars, money & jewelry, etc. at gun point.
And they are stealing our safety, our peace of mind, our choices for our families & children.
And they are stealing our lives & our chances for a livable future.