LH: As Taylor tells us, we have a lot of reasons for the things we believe and do. You live in Canada and don?t want a gun because guns kill people. The implication being that you don?t want a gun because you don?t want to kill anyone. I wasn?t raised with any idea like that. Guns are offensive or defensive depending upon who has them and what his intention is.
The guy coming to rob you and kill you if necessary intends his gun for offensive purposes, but you, if you had a gun could use it for defensive purposes.
You could let him know you had a gun and perhaps that would cause him to leave yours tackle a less-defended house, or you could actually use it for defense if he were persistent. But, of course if there are few criminals in Canada who use guns to do such things as I described, then why bother?
In such a peaceful environment only hunters, target shooters, and perhaps war-paraphernalia collectors would be interested in owning guns.
At Boeing years ago, my office was across the aisle from a very Liberal fellow who was against the owning of guns. His wife was Canadian and he used to travel up there regularly ? claimed to be treated rather shabbily by the Canadians by the way.
This fellow lived near the beach and had something of a hippy life-style. Sometimes on holidays people who used the beach would park in his driveway so that he couldn?t park his own car there. He had a lot of confrontations with them. He was a big guy and despite his Liberal leanings could confront with the best of them. He also had a baseball bat in his bedroom for defense.
If you don?t feel comfortable with a gun because you were taught certain things about them, had certain experiences with them, or you can?t remember why but just don?t like them, then you shouldn?t have a gun.
Get a baseball bat or get good locks on your doors and windows and hope if someone ever does try to break in that the police will get there before they get to you.
Furthermore, your chances are probably good no one will target your house.
Yes... very good.
Only 16% of men will contract prostate cancer sometime in their lives. The chances of your being robbed in your home are probably much lower than that. I think it entirely reasonable to rely upon the laws of chance and take no precautions against either eventuality.
_________________ [insert pithy quote here] Paul Stone pas@xxxxxxxx Leamington, ON. Canada