I was asked this morning (before I was really ready to think about the world, history, culture and politics, LOL) if I like guns.
It was really a 2nd Amendment question.
Actually, I never really think about guns in the real world. To me they seem to be the stuff of movies. I never see them in real life. The last shoot-out in my neighborhood was a few summers ago and it was when the cops shot two unarmed Mexican drug dealers selling pot in the liquor store parking lot. I didn't see it but heard it. It was loud! And then I read about it in the newspaper the next day.
In the course of the usual day I don't think about guns and ME, not until I might think way back on my life and I remember the farm. We had guns there. Rifles. We never needed them to keep away wildlife. The farm dogs did that super well. They work best against raccoons in a dense cornfield!
I could never hit a clay pigeon. I hated that. And I also shot guns in Boy Scouts and could never hit the target at all. I hated that. I have one bad left eye and I'm left-handed and I think that all got in the way. Grrr. One summer I taught and supervised the rifle range at a YMCA summer camp on occasion when they needed somebody to fill in (otherwise I taught all the art classes).
I've never shot a handgun. I never owned a gun. If I wanted to feel safe in the city I walked around with pepper/mace in my hand. If I'm feeling rather unsafe I make sure people around me can see that I have it in my hand. LOL
I hate guns. But I think it really goes back to ME not being able to hit targets. If you can hit targets I suppose it's fun to shoot guns.
As far as the 2nd Amendment, the NRA has redefined that for us for modern times. Our founding fathers were talking blatantly about militias (because the British kept coming back). The reason they didn't think to mention self defense is because back then people didn't have guns like they do today. Guns in mass for the masses are a very modern thing. Back then the common people had knives and arrows, and hunted with traps. The guns that were around then were the kind of things that mostly went with cannons and battle. The 3 musketeers didn't even use their muskets very much...
Shoot-out shoot-em-up Westerns are great drama but lousy history. Our Country was not founded on the might of guns, not in the least. Guns, for consumers, were founded on the might of the industrial age and its mass production. Then guns finally became available, affordable and accurate.
I think the Constitution and all laws should be reinterpreted from time to time to make them relevant to the changing times and changing technology (guns are technology), so I don't mind that the NRA made us rethink the role of guns in modern society. I think the Tea Party is dumb in pretending the 2nd Amendment wasn't modernized by the NRA for the 20th century. The Tea Party claims to be for, "The Original Constitution: What it Actually Said and Meant" and it claims to be against the "tyranny of relativism"... How very dumb... especially when it comes to guns.
Joan Crawford always looked good with a gun. In movies, guns slayed the dragon, 20th century style...