The NRA loves to scare people with the "Obama will take your guns away" line but it hasn't happened and won't happen. However, I personally do not want people carrying guns into bars, on college campuses, etc. Knives, clubs, fists I can defend myself against or run away. An angry drunk ten feet away can kill me with a gun. And no, having my own won't necessarily help. I'm not taking mine out until after he takes his out so I'm probably too late.
Sad case in the news the other day. A man pulled into a convenience store and didn't like the loud music coming from the car beside him. He told the 4 teenagers to turn it down. Being teenagers they turned it up. It escalated and he says they showed him a shotgun. He went to his car, took a gun from the glove box, and fired 4 shots into the other car, killing one of the teens.
Now I'm thinking if this guy didn't have that gun in the car he would (a) have done his shopping and ignored the kids or (b) moved his car somewhere else in the parking lot or (c) left and gone to another store. But because he had that gun and he lost his temper a kid is dead and the guy is facing prison time. How did having the gun help this guy?
EXACTLY! No mass murders in recent times have happened without guns. But then they say...."what about owning a gun to protect my home and family?" Oh wait....there's the story of a guy getting shot to death by a man defending his home. Turns out the guy was drunk, went out for some air, and out of confusion, enters the wrong house. Homeowner shoots an unarmed drunk. Had there been no gun in that house, a tragedy would have been averted. No easy solutions to the gun dilemma. But ask any parent of the recent killing if gun control should be strictly enforced.