I like swords too
And agreed, gun owners alike don’t like people who are unsafe, untrained, and uneducated when using or owning firearms. If you even see a picture with someone who has their finger on the trigger and they aren’t shooting, they will be flamed and shamed in the comments endlessly for having no trigger discipline.
And we do have good systems in place to make sure certain prerequisites are met to even be able to purchase a gun. But the issue is with people who have the intention to commit a crime regardless of any of the rules. If they are looking for armed robbery, armed breaking and entering, homicide, mass homicide etc they are looking to be criminals in the first place. Making guns illegal and having “gun free zones” don’t matter to a criminal, they are breaking the law anyway and are well aware of that. If you make them illegal, criminals will still have them or get them and you have then disarmed civilians in an event where a criminal would try and use it against you/them. They will broadcast a tragedy for weeks, but they will never cover any times someone who carried saved someone’s life or prevented a robbery, because it doesn’t fit the narrative to convince people who don’t do their own research or hands on experience to buy in and believe something.
The most I want in all of this is for people to be educated, to have a good dialogue where both sides are listened to for each’s concerns, and to preserve the very basis on how this country was founded. It is literally the second right in priority given to us after being able to be who we are, believe what we want and say what we want. I want someone to feel safe when they see someone open carry that that person is also there to defend them if something happens. Not that the person carrying is the one you should be afraid of. It’s going to take time, it’s going to take compromise, and it’s going to take open minds and honesty on both sides. I stand behind my right to own and bear arms as I would for any other citizen, but I won’t shy away from the fact that some people should not be allowed to own and use firearms if they have ill intent.
But guys let’s just post cool guns and not get too political We had to ban a member 8 years ago over politics/religion.