All it took was Mitt Romney’s Chevy Chase inspired European vacation to knock the Aurora massacre out of the headlines. Even I could not have predicted just how quickly we would all “move on”. A week or so ago, my friend and political polar opposite Blackiswhite Imperial Consigliere (I call him BiW for short) wrote a blog post about a discussion he had with his son concerning gun control. I responded to the post in a regrettably over the top manner and a debate ensued between me and his loyal readership. The one thought that lingered with me after all the rhetoric was tossed back and forth was, what goes through the mind of a gunman?
When I say gunman, I do not mean Mark David Chapman, Jared Loughner or James Holmes. I do not mean George Zimmerman. I do not even mean a policeman or a soldier. In fact, I don’t even mean anyone who has ever actually fired a gun at someone. I’m thinking about the man or woman who carries a gun for protection. I know there are women who carry mace in their purse in case they are attacked. To my mind, they live with a certain constant state of fear. I envision the gun carrier the same way. Many of the commenters on BiW’s blog said they wanted to be prepared. Prepared for what? Do they really walk the streets on alert every minute for a potential attacker? Mind you, not just your run of the mill mugger but someone against whom you’re ready to use lethal force.
I’ve noodled about this in my noggin for the past week or so and I just can’t wrap my head around it. What mental state would I have to be in to be walking around town with a loaded gun strapped to me? What level of paranoia would have to pervade my being? When would the gun become second nature? Once it became second nature, would I even be prepared to use it if the need arose?
This is the rare entry my friends where I have no conclusions. I’m not going to bother to write a “gun control” piece here because it is clear to me guns are religion in this country and arguing about God is fruitless. So I am just leaving it up to you, my readers. Post in the comments section if you have a gun. How do you feel when you carry it? Were you nervous when you first started carrying a gun with you? How does your spouse feel about your having a gun?
Forget the gun control debate. I’d like to know what is going through your mind.