“You want to carry a gun because as a tool, it has force.”Maybe I want to carry a gun because it matches my shoes.
“It can maim or kill me.”No it cannot. It is entirely inert.
“Provided we have no intend to harm each-other, you caring a gun is unnecessary within our theoretical meeting.”Provided I have no intent to email anyone, my carrying an iPad is unnecessary within our theoretical meeting. (But if my heart held the hidden malice you keep implying it does, you would not want me holding a one-and-a-third pound slab of metal and tempered glass, would you?)
“In this meeting, you with a gun, me without, some chance of mishap exists.”How? Do I get possessed by a Zortian brain slug? Do you go crazy and try and grab my gun? I’m trying to find this “element of risk” and not spotting it and all I get is hand-waving in response.
“You carry your gun to potentially, or purportedly, thwart crime. ”You have no idea why I carry a gun, nor is it really any more business of yours than why I picked the color undergarments I am wearing, as you are extremely unlikely to catch a glimpse of either barring a dramatic wardrobe malfunction.
“ My risk/reward calculation tells me I don’t want you around with a gun.”Fortunately my Supreme Court says that what you want has very little bearing on the matter. People in hell want ice water. You want me to not carry a gun. It’s good to want things.
Here’s some thoughts on which to chew:
#1) I think it is highly unlikely that I will ever need a firearm to save my live.
#2) I have already been wrong about #1 on more than one occasion.
(I usually avoid this internets debate stuff like the plague because both parties wind up talking past each other, but he seemed polite and willing to engage, so what the hell... )