If you believe that guns deter crime then passing out guns to high crime areas seems pretty logical.
And if you'd call highly competent and responsible elitist, then sure gun owners are that. Ask a random gun owner their opinion of a customized 1911 vs a standard glock and you're likely to be bored to death with the oncoming lecture. Ask a random car owner how an engine works and they'll tell you something like when you put the key in. How many gun owners do you know who aren't completely anal about their weapons? (and for good reason).
Here's some news for you....you are not describing the average gun owner...nor one that is 'more responsible' in any way.
For instance, I dont care about guns at all...I know how to run "mine" very well and do not care about other guns. Know little about other kinds. I'm only learning to shoot long guns now for practicality's sake.
I do like to shoot. I also compete. But I have little interest in guns and only own ones that have a specific purpose, so I dont 'collect' them. I dont agree with your statements on other gun owners (am not an 'elitist')....but I am a responsible gun owner.
I know lots of gun owners and carriers. And what you describe is not them. Everyone wants other gun owners to be responsible and safe and be trained. However not everyone automatically assumes 'everybody else' isnt. I see it on the gun forums tho...people who think they are better than others (often called sheep altho I dont see you as that type) because they have buttloads of target practice and cc permit.
I'd say the 'gun nuts' show a level of stupidity all their own....
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