Stir It Up
Guns offer more problems than protection in break-ins
Armed at home.
Published: April 15, 2014
The homeowner who did the shooting did not appear on the Dr. Phil show. My nephew, who has kept in contact with the man, says he didn’t want to appear on the show. He doesn’t want to talk about it publicly, and has emotional problems due to the incident.
You don’t just kill someone and walk away unscathed by the event. When police kill a criminal, they are required to talk to a counselor. It’s standard procedure. Killing someone is not necessarily as simple as “me good, you bad.”
So it’s a tough situation wherein the more immediate sense of safety overrules the more long-term safety of creating a sensible and just society where people don’t feel the need to defend themselves. Even if you feel the need to have a gun, you’ll be safer when getting involved with neighbors and working to address local issues, empowering young people in correct ways and enhancing economic justice.
It’s a long, hard slog that’s not about instant gratification. It’s easier to just pick up a gun and say, “I’m going to protect me and mine.” However, most of us know the easy way out is seldom the best way.
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