Dear gun owner,
I don’t want to take your gun away. I don’t want to take your Second Amendment rights from you. I want to ask you to willingly disarm. I want to ask you to stop buying ammo. I want to ask you to stop going to shooting ranges. I want to ask you to stop carrying your gun in public. This is why..
According to FBI data, for every 1 justifiable gun-related homicide, there are 2 accidental homicides, over 30 criminal homicides and over 70 suicides. Everyone makes mistakes. For gun owners, those mistakes cost thousands of innocent lives in the US every year. No matter how much training you have received or how good of judgement you think you may have, statistically speaking, you are overwhelmingly more likely to take an innocent life, including your own, than successfully defend one. Unlike lobbyists, corporations or politicians, numbers don’t lie.
If you own a gun, you are participating in violence. The money you spend helps grow a worldwide industry of death. The more guns and ammo you buy, the cheaper and more accessible they become to others. The same people that make and sell a gun to you have sold countless more that ended up taking innocent lives. The same people that make and sell a gun to you may one day sell it to someone who will threaten your life or the life of someone you love.
Don’t let fear dictate your morals and your future. Just because you can do something, doesn’t mean that you should. Take control over your decisions, take control over your future and your children’s future.
The threat of nuclear conflict is now arguably greater than ever in all of human history. With nearly 16,000 known nuclear weapons in the world today (enough to destroy the planet hundreds of times over), this threat may even be greater than it was during the Cold War. If we want to work towards a future free of nuclear conflicts, a future free of war, we must start on an individual level. Be the change you wish to see in the world.
Have you ever dreamed, fantasized, or even thought about a moment when every single grenade, bomb, tank, sword, and gun in the world suddenly disappears? When there are no weapons at all? We can make that happen. We have that power. But it has to start with you. You can make a change. Take the world in the direction of peace. Disarm.
Owning a gun makes you fearful, not fearless. If you own a gun, you are surrendering to the possibility that one day you may take someone’s life, including your own. You are surrendering to the possibility that someone else will threaten your life or your well being. You are surrendering to the possibility that your family may be in physical danger. If you own a gun, you have given up hope, you have lost faith. You live in that fear, in that moment of horror every day.
Please consider not owning a gun. Please consider not buying ammo. Please consider not going to shooting ranges. Be fearless, not hopeless. Let’s stop this epidemic together.
Your unarmed, loving friend