I was thinking about gun safety the other day. And then I suppose safety in general. A friend had asked me awhile ago what my opinion was on the matter. It was kind of a deer-caught-in-headlights moment as she asked me in front of our husbands who both immediately stopped their conversation to hear my response.
The truth of the matter is I have conflicted feelings. One of her arguments against having guns in the home is that they only serve one purpose: to kill.
I'm not sure if I agree 100% with that statement. Her husband didn't either and offered the alternative use: Defense. It's kind of like two sides of a coin...the difference is subtle and yes, ultimately, guns can cause injury and death.
But so can knives. And most everyone I know has a block of very sharp ones in their kitchen. What's the purpose of a knife really? Well, I suppose it's to cut food. But ultimately it's to cut. Which can cause injury and death as well. So what's the difference really between knives and guns?
I suspect a big difference is the way we view them. I certainly recall being taught "knife saftey" while growing up. You always walk with the point down. They're not toys. Etc. But do we teach similar gun safety from a similarly young age? Often not. I wonder if guns were as ubiquitous as knives, and if we taught gun safety in a similar fashion...if they wouldn't be such a problem.
But for all that, I know full well that if we had a gun in the home and despite our best efforts at gun safety with Wiggles...he or a friend accidentally (or otherwise) shot themselves or each other, causing injury or death....well, I probably wouldn't be able to forgive myself. Truth be told...I'd feel similarly if something awful happened with a knife.