Bob S. has spoken quite a few times on a particular meme among the anti-gun folks, specifically that those of us who own (and especially those who carry) guns do so out of fear.
I joined a cloth diapering message board yesterday, because I want to cover this one's butt in a cheaper fashion, and managed to immediately get sucked into a discussion of concealed carry specifically and gun ownership in general. I won't name the board or use direct quotes, because I'm not sure how much of it is open to the general internet public, but it was an interesting discussion.
One of those on the other side of the fence was a woman who was born in Canada and now lives in America, with her American husband. She said that, where she grew up, people only carried guns if they were criminals or about to go hunting. So I asked her if it bothered her that the bad guys were much more likely to be armed than the good guys. "No," she said, "I just stay out of the criminals' way!"
Huh. That's a new approach.
She further clarified that every time she and her husband move somewhere, she does exhaustive research. She ensures that they move into the safest possible neighborhood, even if it means her husband has a very long commute to and from work. They have a dog. And an alarm system, which she is very careful to set every time her husband is gone.
In short, she bends her life around criminals.
Erik and I talked about it when he got home from work. Understand, please, that we don't go out of our way to put ourselves in dangerous situations.
We live in a neighborhood which is affordable and about which I am absolutely passionate--I grew up in this part of town, and I want to be part of its renewal. Erik has a pretty short drive to & from work, the girls have a school they love, and we're very near downtown, which is important to me. (Once the baby is born, we'll be able to walk into town.)
But it's not the safest neighborhood in the city. (I'm honestly not sure what is.) We can live here, though, and not be scared, because we own guns. We do not have to bend our lives around criminals.