A gun is not intended to threaten, to maim, to defend, or to do anything else. It is engineered to end the life of whatever you point it at. It is a lethal weapon.
If you talk about “he could have just shot him in the leg” or “she could have fired a warning shot” or “I just use it to scare off thugs and burglars” I am willing to bet you probably never had to use a firearm. If you ever had to point the gun at someone and squeeze the trigger, all that other stuff is bullshit.
The Second Amendment Right
I believe in the 2nd Amendment. We have the RIGHT to bear arms. But we also bear the RESPONSIBILITY of the lives at stake. Ours and of others. You have a gun, you have the ability to expire lives. Every gun is an executioner, every bullet is a death sentence. Releasing the safety should not be considered a threat, it should be only a promise.
The Individual Responsibility
A firearm is not a toy. It is not an ego booster, it’s not a sign of badassery. It is a killing machine. If you have a gun in hand, you immediately lose the luxury of later saying “I didn’t mean to kill anyone. [Insert ridiculously ignorant excuse here].” Whether you thought it was loaded or not, whether it was a Walthrop or a ‘Burg pump, whether it is registered or not, you brought a killing machine into the mix. Your finger, your responsibility.
If your mindset is any less serious about firearm safety, you shouldn’t possess a gun. You are a deadly mistake waiting to happen.