That's it. I've given up. I"m going to head for the ol' Waltham PD and get a permit today.
Guns make things so much easier; I think it's time I embraced it.
For starters, I'm going to dump my gentle, tinkling bells I have for an alarm sound on my iPhone - this is so much more manly.
I don't know which way to go on a personal piece, though. Remember - I'm a New England city-dweller...I think I've only ever seen a handgun on a policeman's hip, nevermind handled or fired one. Ah, well - everybody's got 'em, how hard can it be?
I've worn a boot knife back in my amateur "edged" days, seems like I could probably get something to go with this.
Seems low-key enough to wear to the office, or out and about in the city, or maybe to school or church.
I imagine my life would be a little different. Driving to work through traffic would be so much easier. No more leaning on the horn for me! (BLAM!)
Getting Javi out of bed is going to be much easier---just gotta be careful where I'm aiming when I empty the clip into his bedroom door every morning. (BLAM!)
Dunkin' Donuts better watch out for me now. I said BLACK coffee, dammit! (BLAM!)
This is really getting ridiculous. Is this the "Two Americas" meme again? I know people that own and operate guns - they don't act this way. So why is it that vast swaths of the country seem to embrace the "Old West" mentality?
The United Nations often reports on other countries around the world. It is interesting when they take a look around their headquarters.
In 2010, according to the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, 67% of all homicides in the U.S. were conducted using a firearm.
According to the FBI, in 2012, there were 8,855 total firearm-related homicides in the US, with 6,371 of those attributed to handguns.
61% of all gun-related deaths in the U.S. are suicides.In 2010, there were 19,392 firearm-related suicides, and 11,078 firearm-related homicides in the U.S.
In 2010, 358 murders were reported involving a rifle while 6,009 were reported involving a handgun; another 1,939 were reported with an unspecified type of firearm.
I suppose there is some perspective; this all pales in comparison to something like automotive-related deaths, or heart disease, but those don't get headlines. And it's extremely rare for a car to crash into a church and 9 people end up dead. I suppose it would be just as easy for a person with a mental disease to get a license, buy a car, and then go on a rampage on the sidewalk, but the reality is in some places in the country, I could walk into a shop, buy a gun, and go out front and open fire in under 5 minutes.
There really doesn't seem to be an answer anymore.