No Guns For Me
Published on December 30, 2012 by Sara Foss

Over at the DG, I write about guns, and how I've never owned one, and don't want to own one.

Here's an excerpt:

"I am not a gun owner, but I’ve long accepted that people have the right to own guns.

And I do have friends who own guns.

They own them for hunting, or protection or simply because they like guns.

My friend Keith, who grew up in northern New Hampshire, was given his first gun at the age of 7. He learned to hunt, and by the time he was 18 owned about a half dozen guns. But since moving to Key West, those guns have been in storage.

'I can’t seem to find myself able to get rid of these objects,' Keith wrote, in an essay about his relationship with guns. 'At some point I guess I will have them shipped down to Key West. I will lock them in cases and hide them away. Maybe go to the range once or twice with the rifles. Maybe teach my daughter to shoot. Or I could sell them, buy diving equipment and a spear gun and teach her to fish. Either way, it is my choice.'

Just as it’s my choice not to own a gun.

The Second Amendment is not a mandate. People might have the right to bear arms, but they also have the right not to bear arms. I exercise my right not to bear arms every day, and unless America descends into the sort of post-apocalyptic barbarism depicted in Cormac McCarthy’s “The Road,” I plan to exercise it for the rest of my life. And I think I should be able to walk into a mall or a school or a movie theater without taking my life into my hands."

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User Comments
Keith | December 31, 2012 02:15

It is all about personal choice. I think that is what a bunch of politicians where trying to form. The wordings, the laws, the compromises where with a vision of revision. We have the choice to bear arms, but I think we also have the choice to see a problem. More arms is not the solutions. Something has gone wrong with the environment, with society, we are sick, that is what has created these issues. i do not mean this in any religious way, either. As a people we have showed a lack of responsibility when it comes to guns, the government for the greater good needs to do something, about the guns, the bullets (which are not protected under the second amendment ), or the society we have created.

Lee | January 07, 2013 12:34

I have no use for guns...

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