There are two novels that can change a bookish fourteen-year old's life: The Lord of the Rings and Atlas Shrugged. One is a childish fantasy that often engenders a lifelong obsession with its unbelievable heroes, leading to an emotionally stunted, socially crippled adulthood, unable to deal with the real world. The other, of course, involves orcs.... John Rogers
The question of what one is afraid of appears too vague.
IF I am afraid and have a gun it would only be because I am "in fear of my life" from an adversary with criminal intent not the government.
IF I did not have a gun I would be more afraid of my government taking not just my right to self-defense but other rights and or property at it's whim !
The question is more important than the answer!
I don't know how many--a few, some, many--citizens fear our government, but if they do, is it because they are credulous and believe everything they hear?
I don't own a gun. But I am afraid of the increasing encroachment of the federal government into citizens' lives, and I am particularly afraid of federal agencies overstepping their bounds and playing politics, for example, the IRS. it has no right to ask questions such as "What do you pray?" If you aren't scared about that, you should be.
Then, people hear this and think, oh, he's going to try to regulate the kinds of guns and ammunition we buy now, darn, we's better go out and purchase all we can, while we can, acting out of fear of the unknown, or acting out of fear because somebody said the gubbermint is going to take our guns, and take away our rights to own guns.
I fear no evil.
so soooorry, can't read your post, try changing your user name or your attitude.