Armed, Dangerous and Scared? (6/12/07) - WDRB 41 Louisville News

Armed, Dangerous and Scared? (6/12/07)

Recently, two legally armed and angry men encountered each other in a local road rage incident. Predictably, things did not go well.

If you're thinking this is going to be a call for stronger gun laws, you're wrong. The same thing often happens between people carrying guns illegally. Stricter gun laws wouldn't stop them.

But I have to wonder: Why do so many Americans feel the need to arm themselves - legally or illegally? I'm not talking about target shooters or hunters, but people who feel the need to be armed while they simply go about their daily lives.

I don't believe most of them plan to commit crimes, so the obvious answer is: They're afraid of something. But what?

I don't carry a gun. But it's not because I'm brave. I just don't feel the need to have instant access to deadly force in order to fend off some threat that might be lurking around the next corner.

Am I kidding myself? Are things really so dangerous?

If you regularly carry a handgun, please call 588-2433 and let us know why. And if you don't carry one, call to tell us why not.

You won't need to give your name. But I hope you'll call. Because the question of whether gun laws should be stricter or not is meaningless until we really know why people want them so badly.

I'm Bill Lamb, and that's my Point of View.

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