I am a responsible gun owner. Or I like to think of myself as such. I happen to agree with the reasonable restrictions placed on gun ownership. Specifically, people that are adjudicated crazy, convicted felons, traitors, or substance abusers should not have access to guns.
Would I snitch on a neighbor that I knew had a gun and I knew was one of those things? Maybe. Probably. It would feel oogy, but I'd do it. If I trusted the cops not to then inform said crazy criminal drug dealer neighbor that I was snitch.
If I happened to be living with a prohibitted person, I would not have one of my own guns in the house. Period. The responsible thing to do is totally disarm, I feel. Maybe, maybe, I'd get a VERY good safe and keep one or two in there.
You know what else? If I was living with person that I knew SHOULD be adjudicated crazy but hasn't yet, or was living with a person that I knew commits real felonies but hasn't been convicted yet, I'd also not have any guns. (Truth? I wouldn't keep a felon in the house either. Not even a relative. But a crazy relative? That might cohabit with me in some hypotheticals I can think of.)
But that's just the precautions I'd take. Totally disarmed (I wouldn't like it) or a Fort Knox quality vault and only enough guns that I could safely keep track of on the rare occasions I opened it. Two. Maybe. I might own other guns but keep them offsite.
I am thinking of that mom of the shooter in Connecticut. She certainly knew her son was crazy. And I am having a hard time believing her guns that he absconded with were really secure to a level I'd be comfortable with if I had a son like that.
Douglas T. Jacobson - Doug Jacobson joined the Marines as a 17 year old in 1943. He fought in the Pacific in several campaigns. He survived the war, was in and out of the servic...
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