Would you want a gun if your neighborhood was on lockdown?

Sixty-nine percent say if they were in a situation similar to Bostonians, they would want a gun in their house.  

That includes a large 88-percent majority of those in gun-owner households, as well as 50 percent of those in non-gun homes.
Those 50 percent of people in non-gun homes have likely never really considered the possibility before, at least not seriously.  When they are forced to think about it, by an event like the Boston Marathon Bomber lockdown, they often come to the conclusion that they want a gun -- just in case.

The problem is, if you find yourself in that kind of situation, you can't just run off to the gun store, buy a gun, and run back home.  You're usually stuck with whatever you had available before the crisis started. 

Worse, if by some chance you can run to the gun store, you'll find yourself suddenly faced by all the barriers placed by gun control efforts.  In most red states, you'll have to fill out an exacting form under penalty of perjury, wait for the dealer to call the FBI for a background check, and wait for results.  (Anywhere from half an hour to three days, and subjectively people seem to feel that first gun purchases are usually longer).  You'll have to pay for the gun, and probably a cheap and nearly useless gun lock.

In blue states, you might also have to get yourself fingerprinted (at your expense), produce references, mail in an application, wait months for a government employee to approve your application, wait longer to receive it back in the mail, all before you can even take a gun off the shelf in the store to see how it feels. 

Either way you'll have a lot of learning to do about what the gun laws are and what you can and can't do legally, all under the ever-present threat of spending years in jail on a felony conviction if you get any of the details wrong.

That's an intimidating process, especially if you don't have someone you know to help you through the process.

That's the point.

It's not about criminals, and it never was.

This entry was published Thu Apr 25 03:53:14 CDT 2013 by TriggerFinger and last updated 2013-04-25 03:53:14.0. [Tweet]

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