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Why Should I Put My Guns Down?

Updated on November 19, 2014
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Guns or Life?

Children are really beautiful aren't they? Do you remember when you first realized you were bringing a life/child into this world? Do you remember rubbing your stomach and talking to your beautiful baby? Loving and talking to you baby, attempting to keep him or her safe in the womb? You were the PROTECTOR of your child; he or she was safe while within you. However, your creation, your joy, the LOVE of your LIFE! GOD has BLESSED you and your family with your reason for living!

You want your baby to be safe and happy. Basically you want Jeffrey, Kathy, Malik or Heaven to embrace the world that you know. Unfortunately, your baby must enter a world that you are not familiar with nor do you want your baby exposed .... Violence is on the rise and that beautiful baby must enter a world that's desensitized to all the violence. Death has become the norm in today's society. Every community has unexpected violence, at one point violence was limited to the poor communities.

Today violence is everywhere there's no such thing as sacred places. Violence is in the churches, schools, playgrounds; if you can name it violence will visit. So why am I asking about putting the guns down? I am asking because I want my children and yours to live and enjoy being a child. I detest the fact that I can't allow my children to go in the front or back yard to play. I am enraged that children can't ride their bike like I did when I was a child! Where is the OUTRAGE about living in a society where violence is prevalent? Does your so-called right to bear arms outweigh the right to have a life? What about the right to pursue happiness in a thriving, encouraging and peaceful society? At what point will our children's lives become more IMPORTANT than your right to maim, paralyze and kill?


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    • Dr Imhotep profile imageAUTHOR

      Karen Feliciano 

      3 years ago from Hammond, Indiana

      I apologize this hub isn't even approved as published. When it is we will talk until then you have a phenomenal day.

    • Jack Burton profile image

      Jack Burton 

      3 years ago from The Midwest

      Oh... btw... you are welcome to point out anywhere in my post where I was "emotional and hostile".

      Be specific. Give details.

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      Jack Burton 

      3 years ago from The Midwest

      and just who is better to "defend" innocent children?

      Someone who teaches the "helpless lambs" theory of defending yourself against the very real thugs and other dangers out there? Someone who prefers to stick their head in the sand instead of acknowledging that there are social deviants who don't pay attention to the niceties of obeying laws and treating others with love and kindness?

      Or... someone who understands the fallen nature of mankind and who prepares for potential threats? Someone who locks their doors, keeps a fire extinguisher just in case, and yes, also owns and carries a firearm.

      dr simply cannot distinguish the difference in the concept that a firearm in the hands of a law abiding citizen is a good thing, and can defend against the predators that are out there seeking to do harm, and that a firearm in the hands of a bad guy will give him power over people who are not able and willing to provide that defense.

      It's akin to believing that all surgeons are evil and should be banned because they cut innocent people open with a sharp knife just like muggers do. Same thing, eh.

    • Dr Imhotep profile imageAUTHOR

      Karen Feliciano 

      3 years ago from Hammond, Indiana

      You are hitting hard and becoming distracted by your lack of knowledge. The key is not that you area legally gun totting citizen. My point is societies responsibilities to our children, the helpless the vulnerable and the victims in this world. You have made an assumption that because I voiced an opinion that is different from yours that I am some how ignorant of life. I can assure you that I am not........I suggest you get off of YOUR HIGH HORSE and actually re-read my blog. You appeared to pick out words that caused you to become emotional and hostile. Get a grip on the type of society you want ALL CHILDREN to live in not just yours.

    • Jack Burton profile image

      Jack Burton 

      3 years ago from The Midwest

      Life is a time for learning. Here’s an opportunity for you to do just that.

      As you may be aware, Indiana is one of the almost 40 states where citizens can exercise their right to bear arms on a daily basis. I am one of the 350,000 Hoosiers who chose to do so.

      A little while back, my work took me into Gary, which has been the murder capitol for several of the past ten years.

      I parked my van in a empty parking lot, and having locked the door behind me, went to take a look around the outside of the building I was going to do work on for a cursory inspection before heading back to the van.

      When I was about 100 feet from the van, I noticed two older teens dressed in the fashionable “gang” style coming down the other side of the street. They saw me at the same time. They immediately wheeled in my direction and, after diagonally crossing the street, started walking towards me. Any instructor of self-defense techniques will tell you that this maneuver is a clear and present danger signal that you’ve become a target.

      I managed to make it back to the van, while listening to them the whole time trash-talking about how they were the baddest ones in the ‘hood and it belonged to them. They were catching up to me pretty fast.

      The driver door was on the other side of the van, away from the street, and I understood that I would have to have my back turned to them as I was trying to unlock the door. Not only would any action they took be blocked from any passerby by my van, but it put me in a highly vulnerable position.

      Now, it’s easy to say that I should not have put myself in that position in the first place by going to Gary, but that only holds true if one is willing to redline the entire city.

      I must admit, I was quite concerned for my safety. I’m past middle-aged, slow, fat, and with a bum leg. Facing down two urban youths was not what I wanted to do when I woke up that morning, ready to greet the day. However, that was exactly what I had to do, because no more than a second or two after I reached the driver’s door the two came around the back side of my van and began approaching me.

      Because I have a mature understanding that a gun can bring about a “peaceful society” I am able to finish the story. As I rounded the back of the van myself, I put my hand into my front pocket and wrapped it around my legally carried handgun. When I hit the locked driver’s door, I turned and put my back to the door, and faced outward, keeping my hand in the pocket. I had the confidence that if needed, I was going to be able to defend myself, and quite possibly, my life.

      This must have showed on my face. The youths came around the back of the van and saw me calmly standing there waiting for them. I didn’t say anything, and I didn’t pull the gun – but my attitude certainly said they needed to reconsider any very-near future actions they were contemplating.

      They were predators, and they understood this very well. Weak targets of opportunity are eaten quickly, but those who give strong indications that they’ll bite back are left alone. They backed away, turned, and headed across the lot to places unknown.

      Darn straight the gun was a source of peace to me that day. And it was a comfort on other days. When two escaped, very hardcore criminals from Mississippi were roaming Lake County a few years back we had to suddenly go get our then 13 year old from an overnight trip to a church camp next to where the badguys were spotted. When we got home our daughter hugged me and the wife and told us that she was comforted (her word) by the knowledge that we both had our guns with us and could protect her if necessary.

      You see, the comfort is never in knowing that one can “take a life” with a gun, but the sure knowing that one can save a life with a gun. My life, my wife’s, or maybe my daughters. These are the people I am responsible for. Perhaps one day you’ll understand that.

    • Dr Imhotep profile imageAUTHOR

      Karen Feliciano 

      3 years ago from Hammond, Indiana

      Let's decide to make life more important than DEATH!

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