Hello All. I am new here, and I know there will be some flak over this, but before I state my feeling towards guns and personal gun ownership and the second amendment, let me say that I am NOT a right-wing Republican. I am a firm believer in conservation and alternative energy, like solar (I have solar power array on my home), hydro, wind, geothermal, Hydrogen fuel cells, etc. and am fully against nuclear power. I also am very against big business and corporate interests, tax breaks for businesses, oil companies, banks, etc. I am a supporter of any move to rid Washington of corporate money, and lobbyists, and really think we need to have term limits for ALL public offices. I also support the right of women to have their own choice, as well as equal rights, and people should be able to marry whomever they want.
Now, all that said, I am also a full supporter of the second amendment, and the right of the people to keep and bear arms. I am one of the people, and I keep and bear arms. I'm not a "right-wing nut-job" or "gun nut" and am not going to go do something as stupid as trying to "Shoot at the radiation" as Randi Rhodes was saying the other day.
I guess what I am trying to find out is why the "left" is so against guns, or trying to stop people from owning them. Guns are needed to defend democracy from those who would take it away or prevent the people from having it in the first place. A prime example of this is the very thing that is going on in Libya right now.
To those who would say, we have a democracy and we can vote, I ask, do you truly trust your elected officials when so many, from both sides of the aisle are constantly caught up in scandal and corruption, or have faith that the next one elected is going to be as trustworthy as they should be?
I have much more to say, however, I would like to see how this conversation will develop first. I am eager to see some intelligent responses.