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I think people are misunderstanding this thread. It's not about being afraid of guns; it's about expressing why you think guns should be banned. Everyone talks about owning guns as a "fear response". Well, so is wanting them banned. ally79, I don't want guns banned. If you notice, my avatar is a firearm. This is about finding out the fear motivation behind banning guns, so we can help put people's mind at ease.
But that is exactly my point. THERE SHOULD BE NO FEAR OF A GUN ITSELF. What I was trying to get at to people who want to ban guns is that guns are inanimate objects. I wanted to find out their fears and help put them at ease. I wanted to find a middle ground for people. I wanted to open up a dialogue, so that people could open their ears. I don't understand why people took this post as "guns are bad. Ban guns. Guns are scary." I even mentioned a few examples to clarify my meaning. It is what scares you ABOUT guns, relating to guns, not the guns themselves. I was hoping that the few people who answer that guns themselves scare them could be brought into a productive, educational discussion; not be attacked and basically called idiots. I was hoping that people could open their hearts and minds: on both sides.