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October 31, 2007

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Jen in MI

I loved this post. It's what it always comes down to - responsible parenting.

I couldn't make this choice personally. I couldn't because I am, like your lovely wife, unable to touch or have other contact with guns. And my DH feels the way I do. And the one time I've been in real, physical danger in my life, it DID involve a kitchen knife.

And if someone really wants to hurt someone, there is always an object that can do it. I think Fishy Girl's post about the fascination others can have with guns is valid, too, and that can be a different situation, entirely. I'm sort of assuming that your gun is not easily visible or accessible to Soccer Girl. I've been in homes where the "gun cabinet" is in prominent display, and locked or not (and it's ALWAYS been locked), it makes me uncomfortable. Well, yikes, enough of my novel for now.
Great post. Again.

Jen in MI

I loved this post. It's what it always comes down to - responsible parenting.

I couldn't make this choice personally. I couldn't because I am, like your lovely wife, unable to touch or have other contact with guns. And my DH feels the way I do. And the one time I've been in real, physical danger in my life, it DID involve a kitchen knife.

And if someone really wants to hurt someone, there is always an object that can do it. I think Fishy Girl's post about the fascination others can have with guns is valid, too, and that can be a different situation, entirely. I'm sort of assuming that your gun is not easily visible or accessible to Soccer Girl. I've been in homes where the "gun cabinet" is in prominent display, and locked or not (and it's ALWAYS been locked), it makes me uncomfortable. Well, yikes, enough of my novel for now.
Great post. Again.

Jerseygirl89

Wow, I liked your post too. You and FishyGirl should go on TV to prompt a rational debate instead of the craziness we have now. I guess my thing is that having been a teacher, I honestly believe that responsible parenting is in short supply and I don't want to trust my kids' lives to other people.

jodifur

GF-well you know I disagree and that is ok.

Also, I'm confused. I thought we were supposed to post on our blogs this blog exchange.

Julie Pippert

I can understand some need---such as yours---but in general i don't trust responsibility. I live in a gun-laden state and people are cavalier. Some carry weapons with no training!

Julie
Using My Words
http://theartfulflower.blogspot.com

Gunfighter

Julie,

Believe me when I tell you that I am no fan of gun kooks, and fanatics who get twisted up in Constitutional misconceptions re: the second amendment. Additionally, I get so sick when people use guns irresponsibly and have some notion that some rinky dink "gun safety" course taught by some NRA credentialed goober at the local gun store, will prepare them for the responsibilities of carryng fireams.

As for laws banning guns from the home... it'll never happen... and I mean never. Which why I am so adamant about gun sfaety.

Alex Elliot

You made a lot of good points, Gunfighter. You're right that the key words are "responsible parents". That being said, I breathe a sigh of relief that so far none of my son's friends have guns in their home.

Soccer Mom in Denial

This is one area that I flat out disagree with you dear GF. The constitution was written in a day when gun-ownership made sense. Now, it doesn't. Maybe for someone whose job it is to have a gun but for the average shmo or shmo-ette it does not make sense.

We cannot assume people will be responsible. I believe government should ban guns in the home.

Can we still be friends? And I am peeved that you all switched blogs. Did I miss something here?

Gunfighter

Alex,

Don't misunderstand me, my dear. I don't believe that the second amendment has anything to do with keeping guns in the home as much as I believe it is about military usage. At the time, we had no standing Army, the reason for the second amendment was to ensure that the militia could be formed when needed... we now have a well-regulated militia, it's called the National Guard.

As for government bans. Forget it, who can get elected on that premise? No one, thats who.

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