I said the same forever. I want the safe and in some cases restrictive gun laws our state recently enacted, except one on high capacity mags. Luckily we can still own them, you just can't purchase them in our state. Had countless top FBI background checks on over 18 jobs for the Navy and Air Force. I can still legally apply concealed carry, but haven't or probably won't. I just don't get out much anymore, other then going sailing or going to Port Townsend - which is my other happy place, when I'm not on the water.How many innocent men women and CHILDREN need to die before all of the law abiding gun owners agree that reasonable gun laws like universal background checks should be enacted? I have nothing to fear from a thorough background investigation. Do you? And I don't need an AR 15 for anything.
As for fear, from my experience most don't express fear, like they show in the movies. Unless they're a weak and fearful person, or something has caused them to be fearful - because whatever could cause one to express fear, usually happens in so quickly or is so dangerous or intense, one has to act quick. In those incidents where one might get hurt or worse, because one has to act, in most cases immediately, unless one has to hit the brakes to pause for a brief moment, to let the threat pass or position oneself favorably.- One doesn't have time to be afraid - maybe a after the fact, "Holy Schitt, I'm lucky" - and in some cases to be alive.
What one does fear is losing loved ones and friends, the close ones that you used to hang together with sailing, skiing, climbing or whatever. No parent wants to lose a child or spouse, but it's tough losing an old bud - in either case you keep moving on for others. Those are the ones you arm up for - spouse, family, buds- with equal or not better firepower - that way, one is doing there upmost to achieve success. Hopefully that never happens.
I certainly don't live for shooting. My wife is the shooter around here, and certainly doesn't live for shooting either - only remaining competent when handling a weapon, she'll be 71 this fall and doesn't want to lose that skill, yet. She shoots when she has to, such as scaring coyotes off, or scaring a beaver off that's trying to drown a goose. She doesn't kill coyotes either, because killing a coyote only causes them to breed more. We don't kill the deer, because we don't eat much venison anymore. My wife used to drop a deer, or my son would drop a deer, and I'd butcher them, but we haven't dropped a deer in our pasture for over 15 years. Now we let them use our pastures, to protect their young from coyotes or birth their young in the tall grass in the spring. I don't like shooting anything other then a target, or would want to shoot anyone. But certainly don't shoot anymore, like I did 20 years ago. Once one puts 1000s of rounds through guns, one doesn't have a desire to shoot. However one should be familiar, or take time to familiarize one with their weapon/s.
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