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    [Psychology News] Why do Americans own handguns? Fear of crime and a broader sense of

    A new psychological theoretical framework suggests US handgun ownership is motivated by combination of fear of crime and a general sense that the world is an unpredictable dangerous place.

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    Interesting. When I became a state police officer I was issued a revolver. Later, as a Special Agent twice over, I was issued a revolver, then autoloading pistols. The reason was that violent crime and criminals were dangerous, and that the world was an unpredictable and dangerous place.

    During the Vietnam War I was issued an M-16 and, later, an XM-21 sniper rifle complete with optics and a sound supressor. While violent crime and criminals were not our first priority, our world was an unpredictable and dangerous place.

    Now, as a senior citizen and retiree, an easy mark for violent crime and criminals, I legally own and carry a handgun. You see, the world is an unpredictable and dangerous place.

    I can’t imagine why so many other people have opted to own handguns. I suppose it could be because the world is an unpredictable and dangerous place.

    After a lot of pondering, mulling things over, introspection, deep thought, consideration, weighing facts and turning things over in my head, I came to a conclusion... I simply am not willing to become the victim of violent crime.

    Apparently lots of folks have reached the same conclusion.

    Where I reside many people carry handguns. It is amazing to see how polite and considerate the local population is. And, for that matter, how little violent crime takes place in our community. For us, the world seems a safer place, and day to day life is a little more predictable.

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    Oh, really. As if the research is unexpected news or something.

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    This doesn't apply to all U.S. gun owners, but I notice the "gun nuts" are the ones who live in fear. They don't have a solid sense of self. No apparent spiritual connection to themselves. And think a gun--- a piece of metal outside of their person--- makes them the big man or big woman they feel deep down they aren't.

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    The United States is a relatively young country not so far away at all from its war for independence. Of course a country founded on its resistance against the then-ruling class is going to view gun ownership as imperative for allowing people to hold onto their rights if or when the government becomes corrupt and tyrannical, as most governments inevitably do. It is interesting that some people who distrust police and Trump want only police and Trump to have guns.

    People who live in crime-ridden areas are right to fear crime. That is not illogical or unwarranted, and nor is it illogical to fear society is on the brink of collapse. Everyone can feel it, everyone can see it. The disagreement seems only to be the cause of this slow descent, and the direction in which it's come from.
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