February 15, 2018
There's a widely held misconception in the United States that people who own guns are violent people simply because they own firearms.
After a mass shooting or a school shooting, people who hold anti-gun views often accost gun owners; asserting that simply because they are advocates of the 2nd Amendment that they are guilty of crimes they did not commit.
Some think 'You support gun liberty, you support violence'.
Most gun owners would disagree with you. We find depraved acts of gun violence inconsistent with the principles of freedom. There is no absolute correlation between gun ownership and the tendency to cause violence.
What happens is merely those who do have a desire to cause violence often use guns as a tool to execute harm on to others; they very well could have utilized other tools (bombs, vehicles, poison, knives, etc.) to carry out their crimes.
Peace-loving people do own guns, as a matter of fact, and we're just as horrified by the acts of violence that we see in the world as the person who isn't a gun owner.
It's an unfair assessment to think that just because someone owns a firearm, or believes in the right to own firearms, is somehow a supporter of violence or guilty of violence themselves.
Most of us own guns for either hunting or as a last resort self defense or simply because we like to collect them.
Much like the practitioners of martial arts such as Aikido, Wing-Chun, Taekwondo, Karate etc. we become skilled fighters but maintain a philosophical ideology that to provoke violence is contradictory to the art and will only use force when absolutely necessary.
Naturally there are people who learn martial arts with the interest to cause harm on others, but they are not the majority of martial arts practitioners. Just as the majority of gun owners are not the ones causing violent crimes.
As a martial arts practitioner and a gun owner I find violence abhorrent; I believe in peace, love and compassion. If there was a button I could push to magically and peaceably end all of the violence in the world I would push it.
There isn't a magic button to push to end the violence in the world and there isn't any law or legislation that is going to stop it either.
Owning a gun does not mean you are a violent person.
PEACE LOVE AND GUNS!
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