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Re: “A modest proposal

"Doesn't the FBI say the violent crime rate in the U.S. is at its lowest level in, like, 40 years?" So states the author. But she fails to disclose (or perhaps refuses to concede)that those very statistics are attributable to the rise in gun ownership and carry rights, as I see in numerous research writings.

She also fails to recognize that weapons are everywhere. I don't need a machete or razor-sharp axe to stab or cut you to death in a restaurant...the table is conveniently laid out with implements of death in every establishment. We think of them as kitchen tools or cutlery. It is, in fact, the custom and comfort of complacency and familiarity that gives us the illusion that death isn't already sitting next to us.

Black or white, I would be a little skittish of people I didn't know wandering through Wal-Mart with machetes tucked underarm. I would be on alert as well if it were a Glock, even though I concealed-carry regularly. But that reaction is more from lack of familiarity than the association of real danger with the practice. I do agree that it can be unsettling to see something thought of as a weapon dangling under a strangers' arm...but a moment of reflection brings to light the true source of the concern, a simple lack of trust that our fellow human has good, common-sense and is civil in manner.

This reality is a failure of society (and government) and does not belong to weaponry. Efforts to curb our fears by hiding (or removing) our self-protection capabilities is wrong-headed and contributes to the problem by teaching that we should fear..

Posted by Lee Somers on 06/20/2015 at 8:59 AM

 

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