I normally don’t write about guns or politics because this isn’t what my blog is about, but something happened last week that I was very uncomfortable with and I need to write about it.
Last week when I walked into Kohl’s I was shocked to see the butt of a guy’s gun sticking out of the back waistband of his jeans. I didn’t feel comfortable nor did I want to stay in the store, but I was looking for things for the new house and I didn’t have the time to come back later.
I’m not a gun person nor have I ever been. I was taught to respect guns. My dad hunted deer. He had two rifles and a pistol in a locked gun cabinet in our basement when I was growing up. He didn’t touch his guns except for to get ready for deer hunting. My three siblings and I never touched that cabinet or those guns. They were my dad’s and they were totally off limits. I mean, break your arm if you touched them, off limits. I’ve never been involved in any lifestyle where I have needed to have a gun. I have never shot a gun, been to a range or anything like that. I have heard of the NRA, but I don’t know who they represent, what they believe in or anything about them. Yes, I am very naive when it comes to guns.
The guy in Kohl’s was a big, burly guy. Probably weighed 250 and was about 5″9. He could have easily taken care of himself (without a gun) if anyone was messing with him. Why he had to show everyone he had a gun I don’t know. Maybe it was arrogance. Personally, I don’t see anyone reason to have a gun while you are shopping in Kohl’s. There were maybe 35 people in the store and that’s counting the employees. I think it was totally uncalled for.
I don’t know why this bothered me so much. Maybe it was because he could shoot me for any reason and I could possibly die on the floor. Or that he could have shot anyone in the store for that matter and I would have had to witness it. Maybe it was because he put me in a situation that I was uncomfortable with and I was a little pissed off.
I don’t care if someone conceals a gun that they are carrying and they are in the same building as I am. A coworker asked me, Wouldn’t you rather know? No, I wouldn’t. I feel better if I don’t know about it. I feel if they are concealing it they are following the rules and are hopefully respectful people and would only use it if they had to. I understand that this isn’t always the case.
I feel if you’re name is on the blackboard in the sky and it’s you’re turn to die you are going to die. No matter if someone has a gun or not.
I can see having a gun in your home to protect yourself from an intruder. I can see carrying a gun if you live in a big city and have to drive thru a bad part of it every day.
When I checked out, I spoke to a member of management about the guy with the gun and knowing that someone had a gun in their store was a very uncomfortable shopping experience for me. She thanked me for saying something and went to talk to security.
On my way out I forgot to look whether or not Kohl’s had a “No Firearms Allowed” sign post on the front doors of the store. Usually stores do.
I truly believe if you don’t have a specific use for a gun then you shouldn’t have it or carry it — plain and simple.