reddust wrote:I grew up in rural America when even city folk, flat landers had firearms for protection here in America. Our second amendment wasn't just for protection against common criminals and hunting. Our second amendment is and was for protection against rogue governments, which are alive and well today. I will kill to protect my family and country. If I can run or figure a way out of the fix without violence, I will take this first. I've had a rifle since I was six years old, hunting license since I was twelve. The only things I have killed as a farm girl are chickens and that's with a very sharp knife. Where I grew up people knew how to use guns were trained up proper, no gun accidents. Most accidents and death were from farming equipment. But I've butchered ever single farm animal you can think of, wrapped, frozen, canned, and smoked most as well. I'm not proud or ashamed, this is how I grew up. My family on both sides of my lineage suffered genocide and theft of our lands. We grew up very aware of abusive authority. Call me what you want, I still practice and will continue to practice the Dharma.
EDIT: I've also faced an intruder with four young kids behind me and a shotgun. My oldest girl ran and got the shotgun for me …. my husband was a shift worker and not home that evening, the guy left real fast after wanting to know what we had in our barn and if he could hunt through our land and I had asked him to leave 3 times prior to grabbing the firearm.
I think this is what most people here don't seem to understand. There is a difference between someone owning guns in order to protect themselves and their loved one as compared to someone who owns gun to do harm, steal, and kill.
I have friend who was broken into and killed with no means of self defense. The sad fact is, if someone have the intention to kill or rob, they will find a gun either way legal or not. This leave the innocence defenseless. And you are right, not only do you need guns to defend yourself from criminals but also corrupted officials if necessary. I own a shot gun and a rifle. My partner have pistols, other than going target shooting at an open gunrange, we don't go around swinging guns at people like some people seem to think, infact I never even talk about it unless it came up in a conversation.
Isn't Buddhism all about the intention that produce the karma? For example, one of the precepts of an upasaka is no false speech. However I think lying in order to save an innocent life is not exactly the same as lying to harm people though both are false speech.