I know: it’s The Bill of Rights, not The Bill of Needs. The Second Amendment prohibits the government from infringing on Americans’ right to keep and bear arms — regardless of their “need” to do so. But it’s also true that some Americans are more at risk of “gun violence” than others. NRA Commentator Colion Noir makes a good case that single-parent mothers in economically deprived areas have a greater need for a gun than say, a Minneapolis mom demanding action for gun sense in America in a gated community.
I’ve encountered plenty of gun owners with carry permits who don’t carry. They might carry when they go someplace that might be dangerous. Otherwise, they reckon their everyday world is safe enough to forgo firearms. You know what? They’re right. They’re wealthy enough and smart enough to avoid stupid people in stupid places doing stupid things. The odds that they’ll be a victim of a violent crime are lower than a snake’s belly.
Better to have it and not need it? I’m definitely with you. And no matter what the chances of a violent attack, I still “need” a gun. I need it for my peace of mind. To know that I have immediate access to a tool that gives me and mine a high probability of survival during a low probability event. What about you? I know you don’t have to justify gun ownership, but I’ll ask anyway: how much do you need a self-defense firearm?