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Carrying or not carrying?

Updated on December 17, 2015

Life in the 60's.

Life in the 60's was the best. This was a time that was all about peace and love. One did not live in fear as we do today. There was still crime, drugs, and war. But it didn't leave us in fear and running out to buy a gun. In fact, we slept with our doors unlocked! No one bothered us, we were safe and sound. We were able to go to school or work without anyone blasting in the doors and shooting everyone. We could go to the theaters without fear of being attacked. We went to school and learned from books, not computers. We had one on one time with our teachers. And at the end of the day, we were a family that communicated at the dinner table about our day. We were a healthy nation. Where did it all go wrong?

Can anyone explain where we went wrong?

I know that technology has a lot to do with the world and how it is today. But is it to blame totally? Or is it the lack of caring from everyone? Did America become so lazy that we don't have the energy to care? Seems like this is the best logic but it is hard to swallow because a lot of us DO still care!

Where do we go from here?

For 2016, I can't help but wonder how many of us will be carrying. I am considering something for myself. After seeing a couple of elderly women being attacked, robbed, beaten, and even killed. There is so much to fear out in the world today whether you are elderly or young, age does not matter, race doesn't matter, all that matters is that you don't become a victim or a statistic. I ,for one, am not crazy about carrying but what alternative do we have. It is a risk to be at home, a risk going shopping, a risk going to school, a risk going to church, a risk going to the theaters or mall. Concerts are even a risk now. Is there no where that we can all feel safe? So what can we do but protect ourselves by carrying? As for me and mine, we will be protected.

Where we are now.

I stand behind you in line at the store with a smile on my face...and a gun under my shirt and you are none the wiser, yet you are safer for having me next to you. I won't shoot you. My gun won't pull it's own trigger. It is securely holstered with the trigger covered. It can't just go off. However, rest assured that if a lunatic walks into the grocery store and pulls out a rifle, I will draw my pistol and protect myself and my family and therefore protect you and your family. I may get shot before I can pull the trigger...but, I won't die in a helpless blubbering heap on the floor begging for my life or my child's life. I won't be that victim. I choose not to be. As for you, I don't ask you to carry a gun. If you are not comfortable, then please don't. But I would like to keep my right to choose to not be a helpless victim. There is evil in the world and if evil has a gun, I want one too... Copy and paste if you believe this too.

The world now.

I will be one to say that the world today is not a fun or safe place. Life has become almost unbearable, to watch children die such a tragic death and live in fear. It's a sad, sad, world. But, life goes on and we must go on with it, until it is our time to go. Peace, love, and happiness to all.

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      Linda J George 24 months ago from Georgia

      Michael,

      I appreciate your opinion and respect it. We can agree to disagree though as it is our right. I am afraid of everyone, race is not an issue, crime is. Here where I live there has been 4 elderly ladies attacked, 2 that died. All in the month of December! It is a scary world out there but I want to at least have a fighting chance if I am going to be attacked. I don't want to hurt or kill anyone! But I want to have a chance to save mine or a loved ones life! Life is a gift and we should cherish and protect it to the best of our ability. Have a good day sir.

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      Michaela 24 months ago from USA

      The people I'm most afraid of right now are white males toting guns. I'm not afraid of Muslims, black people, Native Americans, or the LGBT+ groups. I'm literally afraid of gun-toting white people because they commit the majority of gun related crimes in this country.