Is an armed society a polite society?
If it was common knowledge that everybody or anybody, legally of course, was a gun owner and potentially caring a gun, concealed or other wise, would that be a deterrent to criminals and bad guys? Would an armed society make for a polite society?
Yea I love this question.. I do believe a criminal would have to think twice about commiting a crime. We have the right to bare arms.. I know that is the only way I will continue to feel safe. I have relyed on law enforcement to keep me safe in past.. But really they take to long... Lol. Stay Blessed
We have been armed for generations and the one thing that is for sure is evil will always contend with good and taking away the opportunity for good people to have guns will not change that.
On Hubpages they aren't. But I don't run into too many rude people with guns in person.
Yes, that's a deterrent to criminals. There is actually a town where the law says every house needs a gun for protection. There are many ways out of the law, but it's accepted that most of the homes have guns in their homes. Because of this, crime dropped 80% and remained that way for 20 years. No one was killed by a gun in that town for 25 years.
Interesting. Why do you think more towns haven't followed that precedent?
I'm not sure. There is only one other town I know of to follow in their steps. But they don't do a lot of PR for it.
Armed society doesn't need to be polite. 'Get out of the way/Gimme your dough/You took my girl/You're not a good Pa/Ma!' Blam-blam, stuff you I'll walk over your corpse and that's an end to it!
The only ones who have to be polite are the ones at the wrong end of the gun barrel, as in 'Please, don't!'
Notice the cops aren't all that polite in your part of the world, or most of the world for that matter. They all tote weapons. Our ones (the ones not on duty in the airports or outside No.10, they're usually bristling with Heckler & Koch machine pistols) are usually polite until they learn you're not armed and then the arm-bending starts. Seemples!
It takes connections to get hold of a gun here (or membership of a club), or am I missing something?
I contend that most in society aren't that way. Most in society simply want to live and let live. A few bad apples spoil the bunch, in anything.
That's me being 'Devil's Advocate', something I seem to specialise in these days... (Naughty, naughty, Lancaster)
I'm not sure about arming every one, but wouldn't discount it.
I live in a very small town, calling the police or sheriff means it could be 20 minutes before they arrive. At times we need help now and are left to protect ourselves - especially with the surge of home invasions. I would not shoot a person unless my life or my family's was in danger - real and present danger.
But given that scenario, I will use the gun I have a right to own.
I would like to see some kind of required classes in the use of and handling of weapons for legal gun owners. But then again we get into more regulation.
Yes, I believe it would -- however, there will always be the mentally deranged (including those who can't control their anger) and folks who are just plain mean and have no compassion. A good example is: Many years ago a neighbor called to tell me I had a peeping Tom peering in my den window. I was home alone with 3 small children. I locked the kids in the bathroom, took my gun and went outside. The "Peeper" and I met at the back of the house quite unexpectly and we were both armed (the scene might have been funny under different circumstances). He acquiesed and ran away when I assured him my .357 magnum would hurt him worse than his .22 Saturday night special would hurt me -- and even if he shot me I could still kill him. The police did catch him, he had a record as a child molester and the gun he was carrying was stolen. I'll never forget that night -- when both of us had weapons -- and have given it much thought.
Absolutely not! If anything we might be even less polite than we are now because we know we are armed and dangerous and not to be messed with. It would not necessarily deter the bad guys who possess deadly assault weapons and carefully plan their activities before carrying them out. I don't think that's the kind of society we want our kids and grandkids growing up in.
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