It’s been percolating in the back of my mind for awhile now that the majority of “Gun Culture 2.0” isn’t about guns, it’s about what guns do. More specifically, it’s about how having a gun near them makes them FEEL, and what they want to do is “feel safe”.
Look, let’s address the elephant in the room. 99.5% of legal gun owners were safe BEFORE they got a gun, and they’ll still be safe now that the own a gun. This is a good thing, because people who have only a 60% chance (or less) of being safe at any moment are living in a war zone and/or Chicago, and that’s something that nobody wants, no matter how good the pizza is there.
When I got my first self-defense gun, I bought it because my wife and I no longer “felt safe” in our home in the metro Phoenix area. We took steps along the way to make ourselves feel safe, and more importantly, thanks to things like firearms training, increased awareness, first aid kits, flashlights, gas cans, etc, we ARE safer. Buying a gun is just part of a “safe” lifestyle: It’s a waypoint along the journey towards personal security, and thankfully, it’s a waypoint that some, (and quite frankly, probably MOST), will never need.
Let’s face it: If you want to live a longer, happier life, reducing your risks of heart disease and a stroke are probably the #1 and #2 things you should do. Dying in a shootout with a gangbanger at the local Golden Corral is waaaaaaay down the list, so plan accordingly. Not that gun skool isn’t fun (it is) and not that have a concealed carry gun on you isn’t a comfortable presence when you gas up your car late at night, (it is), and not that there isn’t an increased risk of terrorist/drug mob violence in our country (there is), but it’s a well-rounded plan that focuses on mindset that keeps you safe, not just a pound and a half of metal and plastic on your hip.
Feeling safe by BEING safe is our goal.