Use this forum to discuss the March 2018 Book of the Month, "Final Notice" by Van Fleisher.
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I've started a poem on this very subject. I have a background in security and criminal justice, and I've learned that guns are not the only weapon you can use to defend yourself and your loved ones. For instance, if someone broke into my house I could grab a fireplace poker to defend myself.
However, there is the old expression "Never bring a knife to a gun fight."
So I guess it really depends on the person, the situation, and what type of danger they are in.
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We have two guns in our home, a 380, which is locked and loaded, and hidden where only we can get to it. The other, a shotgun, is unloaded, and in plain view to anyone who looks into our home.
We live in a low income area and we have crime. We cannot have a dog, because my husband and son are allergic. We live about five minutes away from the nearest police station, but crime still happens. While we don't want to use them, if its the difference between a bad guy getting a bullet or me or my family, you better believe I am going to defend my family.
As long as you are a responsible with them, and know how to use them, guns are safe.
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Yes, guns are the answer when used properly in the right circumstances. As with anything else, it depends on the circumstances and your reaction to it. For example, if someone cuts you off in traffic and flips you the bird, you are not justified in shooting at them. Now, if someone breaks in your home and is threatening your life or the life of your loved ones, yes you would be justified in using a gun. Guns are also used for hunting and recreation. Society is quick to blame guns. Is it the cars fault when some idiot decides to mow down a crowd of people because of their belief’s? No, it's the person operating the car. The same applies to guns. When there is a mass shooting it isn't the guns fault, it is the person(s) using the gun. Yes, I do believe in better gun laws. There is no reason that a criminal or anyone on a watchlist should be issued a gun. The laws need to be researched and revised. However, I do support the 2nd amendment and our rights to bear arms.
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This is an interesting dilemma. It raises the question of the 'to kill or be killed' scenario. Personally, I don't believe in the taking of another human life, no matter the cause. I do believe that protecting oneself is of utmost importance and whosoever has the bigger, better weapon is the victor. Despite that, guns aren't the only means of doing so.
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The gun should used without the intent to kill. When people ask if the gun is really the answer I feel like what's really being asked is if death of the other person threatening your life or the lives of those around you is something that should be condoned. There are so many other alternatives but I think most people go for the gun because it's the easiest, quickest way they can think of that ends with them coming out alive.