PackLemming wrote:I was just thinking, why should there be a 'nice' argument for gun ownership? Shouldnt reality bare down upon the nature of this line of thought and provide a sober reasoning rather than a jovial excuse?
I will as usual stick to 'my guns', and keep my archive of humanities worst as probable cause for the best defense in mind
Because some people are so violently afraid of the idea that bad things can and do happen, that they cocoon themselves in disbelief. Breaking through that cocoon with the idea that firearms are not inherently dangerous, and are in fact useful for self-defense, forces the thought that one might actually need to defend themselves in their daily life. This then forces the thought that something bad could happen to them, which causes a violent rejection of the entire concept, and condemnation of anyone who accepts it (usually as "morbid" or "crazy") because that would mean that they'd have to accept that they or their loved ones might get hurt. They FEEL safe so long as they don't think about it. I saw it firsthand this past weekend, and it's the reason I go out of my way not to use the phrase "Feeling safe". Either you are or you aren't your feelings have no impact on reality.
It's very much a "First World Problem", but it's quite real. Maybe when you spend 147 years without a major military conflict on your soil, your standard of living is ranked with the highest in the world, and crime rates have been dropping steadily for the last 22 years... people start to think that they're safe so long as they ignore the fact that they aren't.
ETA: To further answer the question, if one broaches the subject in an innocuous, non "OMG YOU'RE GONNA GET RAPED IF YOU DON'T HAVE A GUN" you essentially go through the back door of their mental block, and once they get comfortable with the concept of guns as a recreation/sporting activity, the fear associated with them declines as well, and they start to seem like a practical precaution, since they aren't merely totems of death and fear anymore.