Hi to everyone.
I'm 23, technically agnostic, and a left-leaning independent with some anarcho-tribal beliefs (but that gets complicated). I'm also completely gay and not the least bit shy about it.
I'm pro-choice, pro-environment, pro-gay rights, anti-Iraq war, anti-Bush, pro-first amendment and pro-second amendment, and I'm tired of being told that these things are somehow exclusive to each other.
I currently don't own a gun but am in the process of obtaining one.
This wasn't always the case, though. If you want irony, consider that in high school, I was an anti-gun conservative and totally in denial!
I came to the conclusion (after a lot of thinking and spending time in several years in Europe where gun laws vary widely from country to country) that the drive to own a gun here in the U.S. is far too strong; we'd only create a prohibition culture if they were banned. History is a bitch when it comes to studying how well prohibitions "for the good of the people" have gone. There was the ban on alcohol in the 20's, now there's the ban on drugs with similarly dark effects. A ban on firearms would only create a similarly sordid black market. (This, by the way, is the same reason I'm pro-choice; I admit I'm not comfortable with the idea of an abortion but I can't stand the idea of desperate teenage mothers dying of infections in unsanitary back-alley abortions, and if they're going to do it, I'd rather it was safe and legal).
Now consider the Religious Right. They seem increasingly disenchanted with how far this government has advanced their agendas, and that discontent could easily be fomented and culitvated into rebellion by ambitious leaders. Because our government seems hesitant to treat a Christian group as a terrorist organization, they could pretty much incite violence against even unarmed civilians right under everyone's noses and it wouldn't be in anyone's political interests to stop them. Given that a number of figures in the far right of the Evangelical churches also have cronies in defense contractors like Blackwater and a massive fundraising network, it wouldn't be hard for them to attempt to overthrow the government and impose theocratic rule, and we need to start getting prepared for that contingency.
I know for my part, if they come to send my boyfriend and I to a concentration camp, I'm going to take a few of them down with me. I'll shout "Stonewall!" at the top of my lungs and go into the fray taking no prisoners. Those who know the meaning of my battle cry, hopefully, will feel a pang of fear in seeing one of the last free men giving his all.
So that's my bit... Maybe it's all paranoia, but then, more outrageous things have happened in history. I can't be a proponent of the separation of church and state and the freedom of expression, media, and due process and not also be a proponent of the people's right to protect themselves, especially in uncertain times like these.
Hi to everyone.