Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Self Defense stories you seldom hear

So a man shot, and unfortunately killed, a man who used Craigslist to rob him.  FWIW, I wouldn't use Craigslist if my life depended on it.  But back to the point, this happens more often than we hear.  In our little neck of the woods, there were two separate stories of gun owners using their guns for self defense in only a matter of months.  One of them involved the gun owner saving and elderly woman who lived next door.

All of this is to say that the issue of gun ownership, self defense and gun violence is far more complex than the media sometimes presents.  Part of it is the fault of the media selecting choice stories more concerned with advancing agendas than presenting all of the facts.  Another issue is those of us who know the media is capable of this in other areas, but then act as if it could never be a factor in this debate. 

Again, I'm not saying we shouldn't look at solutions or find ways we might be able to help reduce violence.  Of course reducing violence is good.  But it should involve looking at all the factors, not just ones that help our agendas.  When we refuse to actually look at all the factors, I have to wonder if we're really all about reducing violence, or we are simply using violence to advance the agendas. 

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